Since ancient times, cucumbers have been used in India in meals as well as in traditional medicine. This is because, in a warm country like India, cucumbers provide the necessary hydration and coolness to the body. And that’s not the only benefit this fruit provides (yes, it’s a fruit, not a vegetable).
This Bright Side article takes a look at some of the health benefits of eating cucumbers and why you should definitely include more of them in your diet.
1. You’ll be better protected from neurological diseases.
Fisetin present in cucumbers has been identified for its role in better brain health. Cucumbers also contain phosphorous — and phosphorous deficiency is related to an increased risk of cognitive diseases. So eating cucumbers will definitely keep your brain razor sharp and focused!
2. You can lose excess weight quickly.
The high water content in cucumbers helps you reach quick satiation, thus controlling overeating which can help you in your weight-loss efforts. Cucumber is free from fats and is a low-calorie fruit. Hence, it’s a great choice for anyone trying to get a grip on their body weight.
3. The risk of cancer will lessen.
Fisetin, a flavonoid that has been arousing great interest amongst cancer researchers, is present in cucumbers. Apart from the anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of this flavonoid, it also has been linked with risk reduction for particular types of cancer.
4. Digestion will improve.
Cucumbers contain dietary fiber and a good amount of water which help aid in digestion. The vitamins in cucumbers also help to improve the functioning of the digestive system. Having a cucumber daily can solve issues relating to bowel movements thereby helping you to develop healthy regularity.
5. The body will get more hydration.
Around 95% of a cucumber is water, so eating it daily improves the total hydration level in your body which in turn, affects your health in a positive way. If you’re someone who forgets to drink water routinely, then eating 1 cucumber a day can be a wonderful trick for you.
6. Your skin will be softer and glowing.
Cucumbers keep the body hydrated which is beneficial for the skin. Moreover, they contain B vitamins like niacin and riboflavin along with vitamin C and zinc (a mineral) which are key to maintaining good skin. Cucumbers also contain caffeic acid which fights skin irritation and inflammation. The nutrients in cucumbers also help to fight the signs of skin aging.