Surprising benefits of Cucumber

Why cucumber is your best healthy nibble!

Cucumber/freedigitalphotos
Cucumber/freedigitalphotos

Although cucumbers are fruits but we eat them as vegetables. This vegetable with high water content is very tasty and refreshing especially in summers. Besides adding taste to the salad, it has several other benefits too.

Here are some secret benefits of cucumber:

Keeps body hydrated:  It helps to keep the body hydrated as it contains 96% water content that is more nutritious than regular water.

Cucumber is good for skin/freedigitalphotos
Cucumber is good for skin/freedigitalphotos

Helps in digestion: The high water content and dietary fibre are very effective in driving away the toxins and hence aid digestion. Daily consumption of cucumbers also helps to get rid of chronic constipation. It also regulates the bowel and normalises stool.

Nail care: The high silica content of cucumber also helps to prevent splitting and spoiling of nails of the fingers and toes.

Controls diabetes: Reports suggests that it is beneficial for the diabetic patients as it contains a hormone needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin.

Quick fix for cellulite: The phytochemicals in it causes the collagen in your skin to tighten and firm up the outer layers.  Just rub a slice of cucumber on the problem area for a few minutes.

Cucumber for tired eyes
Cucumber for tired eyes

Energy booster: To get rid of afternoon tiredness, eat some cucumber. The Vitamin B and Carbohydrates in the cucumber will offer the energy boost your body needs.

Shines your shoes: The chemicals from the cucumber will give your shoes a lovely shine. It also repels water.

Skin care: The presence of vitamin A, B & C and certain minerals like magnesium, potassium, and silica make cucumbers an essential part of skin care.  Cucumber juice can be used  for skin tightening, reducing puffiness, dark circles and swelling under the eyes and to get relief from sunburn.

Weight loss: Due to its low calorie and high water content, cucumber helps in weight loss as it makes you feel full.