I went to a spa and cucumber was placed on my eyes when I asked the lady why she was using cucumber on my eyes ‘she said its good for the skin. Boom!!! something struck me and I decided to do a research on it plus I really have something with this special fruit ‘cucumber’ so today I have decided to share its benefits, nutritional facts and what you can make out of it.
1. Reduces Your Risk of Cancer
I am sure a lot of us aren’t aware that cucumbers contain a lot that can reduce your risk of cancer; it contains lignans (polyphenols pinoresinol, lariciresinol and secoisolariciresinol), which can aid in reducing the risk of ovarian, uterine, breast and prostate cancer. The phytonutrients called cucurbitacins contained in cucumber has anti-cancer properties.
Talking about breast cancer, ALWAYS EXAMINE YOUR BREAST
2. Helps in Protecting Your Brain
Cucumbers are rich in anti-inflammatory flavonol called fisetin which appears to play a vital role in brain health. In addition to improving your memory and protecting your nerve cells from age-related decline,1 fisetin has been found to prevent progressive memory and learning impairments in mice with Alzheimer’s disease.2
3. Fights Inflammation
Remember when I asked you to make ‘My yummy cooling smoothie’. One of the items i used was cucumber because it cools the body and helps reduce unwanted inflammation.
4. Antioxidant Properties
It contains a lot of antioxidants, including vitamin C and beta-carotene.
5. Breath Freshener
Looking at freshening your breath?
Place a cucumber slice on the top of your mouth, this will help reduce the door from your mouth
6. Eases Anxiety and Manage Stress
Cucumbers contain multiple B vitamins, including vitamin B1, vitamin B5, and vitamin B7 (biotin). B vitamins are known to help ease feelings of anxiety and buffer some of the damaging effects of stress.
7. Aids Digestion
Cucumbers are rich in two of the most basic elements needed for healthy digestion: water and fiber. Adding cucumbers to your juice or salad can help you meet the ideal of amount of fiber your body needs
8. Healthy Weight
Very low in calories, yet they make a filling snack (one cup of sliced cucumber contains just 16 calories).8 The soluble fiber in cucumbers dissolves into a gel-like texture in your gut, helping to slow down your digestion. This helps you to feel full longer and is one reason why fiber-rich foods may help with weight control.
9) Reduces cholesterol
10. Cures diabetics
11. Controls blood pressure
12. Prevents headache
13. Placing Cucumber on eyes will revitalize the skin. It helps firm the skin
14. They contain between 92 to 95% water
15. They are so subtle and can give your skin some lightening, so when placed on the eyes its for the dark circles under your eyes. You can try this at home
16. Its a good form of increasing your skin complexion
Amount Per 100 grams
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.1 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 2 mg 0%
Potassium 147 mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 3.6 g 1%
Dietary fiber 0.5 g 2%
Sugar 1.7 g
Protein 0.7 g 1%
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 1% Iron 1%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 0%
Vitamin B-12 0% Magnesium 3%
How to make use of Cucumbers
You can eat them raw; they taste nice though
make juice from them
make salads with them
make smoothies with them
Let’s here what you made out of your cucumbers
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I am Dr. Christiana Stephen, a wife, a mom of 4 under 4 year old kids, a photo lover, makeup artist, a wellness coach and a lecturer. Motherhood for me is ongoing, its a period of learning and unlearning. I am passionate about a lot of things but most importantly helping mothers around the work reach their wellness goals comes as top priority. Hence, I have created this community for every woman out there. Feel free to be part of this amazing journey of motherhood and wellness. I will say raising this community is inspired by my experience and learning process. The main essence is to empower moms on the benefits of healthy living as well as the need to create a life work balance.
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