Monday, October 31, 2016

Amazing Health Benefits of Cucumber




Cucumber is the best superfood which is pocket-friendly, highly nutritious and is the fourth most cultivated vegetables in the world. Believe me! Cucumber is excellent for your health; you will be astonished about its health benefits. The husband is a good cook, and I will share with you some of his easy to prepare, delicious, cucumber salads. I think it will be a double bonanza.

Prevents breast, ovarian and uterine cancers

This is amazing! Cucumber contains lignans namely pinoresinol, lariciresinol, and Seco iso lariciresinol. When we consume these lignans the bacteria in our digestive tract, convert them into enterolignans. The enterolignans have the ability to bind estrogen receptors and have both pro-estrogenic and antiestrogenic effects. This action significantly reduces estrogen-related cancers such as breast, ovary, uterus and prostate. Amazing!

Cucumber contains triterpene phytonutrients called curcubitans. These curcubitans block the cancer cell development and survival pathways. Thus the cucumber has significant anti-cancer properties.

Health benefits

One cup of cucumber contains Vitamin K, Molybdenum, pantothenic acid, copper, potassium, manganese, vitamin C, vitamin B, manganese, and biotin.

Cucumber contains 95% water and keeps your body well hydrated during the summer months. The skin of the cucumber is a rich source of vitamin C. It is very helpful in relieving bad breath, you take a slice of cucumber and keep it on the roof of your mouth for 30 seconds. The phytochemicals present in this wonder vegetable kills the bacteria that cause bad breath. Try it and see.

Cucumbers are the best friend of diabetic patients. Cucumber juice contains a hormone needed by pancreatic cells for producing insulin. This property is highly beneficial for diabetic patients.

Cucumber juice contains sterols which reduce cholesterol levels.  They are rich sources of magnesium, potassium, and fiber which helps in regulating blood pressure.
They are an excellent source of silica, which famously promotes joint health, by strengthening the connective tissue.

Cucumber Salad Recipes:

Kiwi Cucumber Salad
Ingredients
Cucumbers- 2
Kiwi -2
Lime juice- 1 teaspoon
Chili flakes- 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Method
·        Cut cucumber into pieces
·        Remove the skin of Kiwi fruit and cut it into pieces
·        Gently add them to a bowl
·        Add lime juice, chili flakes, and salt
·        Garnish with mint and coriander leaves
·        Cool, it and serve.
·        Wow!


Cucumber with freshly ground pepper salad

Ingredients
Cucumber- 4

Freshly ground black pepper

Curry leaves

Salt to taste

Method

·        Cut the cucumber into long thin strips
·        Sprinkle freshly ground black pepper over it
·        Add salt, garnish, and serve

Yogurt Cucumber Salad
Ingredients
Cucumber- 4
Yogurt -3 teaspoons
Salt to taste
Few sprigs of coriander leaves.
Method
·        Cut cucumber into small pieces
·        Spread yogurt on the top
·        Add salt to taste
·        Garnish and serve
·        Delicious!

Bottom line
These salads are very easy and can be prepared in a jiffy. Try it and enjoy the delicious salads along with an abundant nutritional richness of cucumbers.