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Cucumber, nutritional properties and benefits

The cucumber is native to Asia and belongs to the same family as watermelons, melons or zucchini. It has become one of the most cultivated vegetables in the world. Its season is summer, so do not hesitate to take advantage of it to enjoy its benefits. When you buy them make sure they are very firm.

To prevent it from being poorly digested, you must chew the cucumber well. It is better to leave the skin, or at least part, to take advantage of its benefits, so it is essential that the cucumbers you buy are always from organic farming.

Cucumber is one of the seasonal foods of the summer. Take advantage of this time of year to include it in cooking recipes such as salads, green smoothies, sandwiches, raw foods, pickles and other cold and warm dishes that nourish and hydrate us.

To the culinary uses of cucumber must be added the uses in home remedies and in cosmetics: It is used to relieve burned skin, take care of tired and red eyes, it can combat wrinkles, acne, rosacea, regulate graasa, whiten skin skin and leave it hydrated and rejuvenated.

Did you know that the cucumber, Cucumis sativus , is in the same botanical family as the pumpkin or squash , the melon or the zucchini or zucchini ?

This vegetable native to India offers us really interesting benefits and properties for our health, for example: cucumber is our ally if we want to lose weight and we diet to lose weight, since it is satiating and low in calories, it helps us fight retention of liquids for its diuretic action, and improves cases of uric acid or gout.

Do you like to take care of yourself? If your goal is to have good health and you like to be well, choose organic fruits and vegetables and take care of yourself from the outside with BIO hygiene and cosmetic products . Remember that ECO food is the best for you and the planet.

What properties do cucumbers have

Cucumbers provide us with vitamins A, group B, C and choline, minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium, iodine, zinc, iron, and fiber.

Cucumber has a diuretic, moisturizing, cleansing, emollient, digestive, anti-inflammatory and hypoglycemic effect on the body.

Here you can see a table with detailed cucumber nutrients. For every 100 grams of vegetable, the cucumber gives us:

cucumber nutrient table

Cucumber benefits and uses

The consumption of cucumber is very beneficial, especially for:

  • Excess or retention of fluids (due to the high potassium content and very low sodium).
  • Eliminate styes. Applying the cucumber topically.
  • Regulate blood sugar.
  • Protect the stomach.
  • Relieve tired, red or puffy eyes (by applying a few slices on the eyelids for a few minutes). Try this homemade cucumber cream .
  • Expel intestinal parasites such as tapeworms.
  • Relieve tired feet and legs.
  • During the hot season its consumption is very beneficial, as it is very hydrating and refreshing.
  • If you have gout or uric acid, cucumber helps to improve it.
  • Reduces dark circles and bags under the eyes.
  • Cleanses the intestine.
  • Applied locally, it cares for the skin. You can apply it alone or include it in the preparation of masks.
  • Strengthens weak hair and nails.
  • It is beneficial for people with high blood pressure or hypertension.
  • Cucumber is especially recommended for overweight and obese people, since it is very low in calories (13 kcal per 100 grams) and the fat content is practically nil.
  • Contributes to the improvement of cases of arthritis.
  • It is used to remove blemishes on the skin .
  • Fight constipation.
  • It is an excellent natural home remedy to improve skin burns .
  • Helps fight cystitis.
  • Has an anti-wrinkle effect (also applied locally).
  • Combat oily skin and pimples (applying its juice externally).
  • Due to its folic acid content, it contributes to the good development of the fetus during pregnancy. This vitamin is also essential for the immune system.

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