Cucumber belongs to the same botanical family as melons and squashes, it has three different varieties. Cucumber is healthy food – in fact, 100 grams of cucumber contains 95% water, 16% calories, 16% vitamin K and is also low in fat. The water content of it is more nutritious than regular water which helps to keep our body hydrated and regulates our body temperature. Though it contains fewer vitamins and minerals, it has the power of washing away many diseases from our body.

Here are some of the amazing benefits of cucumber:

Skin Care

As a toner and to remove tan

  • Cucumber Juice
  • Watermelon juice
  • Pumpkin and lime juice
  • Milk Cream

Method:

  1. Take one teaspoon of all the juices and mix them together.
  2. Add with milk cream to this juice.
  3. Apply this on your face and neck.
  4. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then wash off.

This facial mask containing cucumber juice can be used for skin tightening. This also helps in removing suntan.

Also, before going out in the sun, you can try rubbing a slice of it on your face for a few minutes.

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For glowing skin

  • Cucumber juice
  • Multani Mutti powder

Method:

  1. Take few drops of cucumber juice and mix it with Multani Mutti powder.
  2. Apply this on your face and neck.
  3. Wash off after 20 minutes.

This is the best homemade face pack for glowing skin. It is suitable for those with oily and normal skin.

Oily skin

  • Cucumber paste
  • Rice flour
  • Rosewater

Method:

  1. Blend cucumber along with little rose water.
  2. Take the cucumber paste.
  3. Add rice flour to the cucumber.
  4. Mix thoroughly and apply it on your face for 15 minutes and wash with cold water.

This controls oily skin, removes dark spots, and blackheads. This mixture also can be applied in all sun-exposed areas like hands, legs, and neck it cools our body.

Eye Care

  • Radish Juice
  • Cucumber juice
  • Tomato juice

Method:

  1. Peel the outer skin of the radish.
  2. Cut it into small pieces.
  3. Blend the radish pieces and squeeze the extract.
  4. Take ¼ cup of radish juice, ¼ cup of cucumber juice, ¼ cup of tomato juice add cumin seeds powder, and salt for taste.
  5. Stir well.

Drink thrice a week at mid-morning. This is a natural remedy prepared for eye redness, puffiness, and burning in the eyes.

In summer times if we go out the sun heat produces eye burning. Take slices of this vegetable, lie down, and keep on the eyes for 10 minutes, the cooling and cleansing properties of cucumber reduce puffiness, swelling, irritation, inflammation, and eye burn.

Nutrition information

Cucumber contains unique antioxidants, potassium, vitamin A, C, E, K, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, and phytonutrients like carotene B, crypto-xanthin–B, Lutein-zeaxanthin. All these nutrients and its anti-inflammatory properties help to cure a number of diseases in our body.

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Controls blood pressure

Foods that contain high amounts of potassium, fiber, and magnesium can reduce blood pressure. Cucumbers are not only high in these nutrients but are also a significant source of vitamins like vitamin A, C, and K. The powerful antioxidant that also helps to lower the blood pressure.

Take a tall glass of cucumber juice to reduce your high blood pressure. If you are not comfortable with plain cucumber, add carrot and celery juices for taste and they also have great benefits of their own.

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Reduces cholesterol

High cholesterol is bad for your body because it creates a number of diseases like stroke, heart attack, atherosclerosis, and angina. The sterol compound in cucumber may help reduce cholesterol levels. Drinking cucumber juice thrice a week is a good natural remedy to wash away bad cholesterol from our body.

Hair growth

As already discussed, cucumber juice contains silicon, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, calcium, sodium and sulfur and all these are beneficial for hair growth.

Method:

  1. Peel and chop half a cucumber.
  2. Take ¼ cup of olive oil, one egg, and 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise, and the chopped cucumbers.
  3. Prepare a paste by mixing all the ingredients and apply it on your hair evenly.
  4. Cover your hair with a plastic shower cap to slightly generate heat on your scalp.
  5. Leave it for 30 minutes and wash your hair with cool water.

You can do this treatment twice a month which would help reducing hair loss and makes your hair smooth and shiny.

Fights cancer

Cucumbers are rich in 3 lignans namely pinoresinol, lariciresinol, and secoisolariciresinol. A study published in ‘Nutrition and Cancer’ magazine also found that pinoresinol could suppress the growth of human leukemia cells.

A 2013 research paper entitled “Cucurbitacins — A Promising Target for Cancer Therapy” found that cucurbitacins exhibited anti-tumor activity in human cancer cell lines. These results also contribute to the growing evidence that cucumbers are effective cancer-fighting foods.

For healthy teeth and gums

Foods high in water content are good for teeth and gums. When you chew a cucumber, it produces saliva which in turn becomes a natural neutralizer that kills all bacteria. The rough and sharp texture of the food automatically cleans the teeth surfaces, gives good refreshment, and heals the diseased gums.

Good for digestion and heartburn

The most important element for healthy digestion is water and fiber. Both are available in plenty in it. You could either eat one cucumber or drink a glass of cucumber juice after food for good digestion and to get relief from heartburn.

To maintain healthy weight

Cucumber has a lot of water content and is low in calories; it is hence an ideal diet for those who are looking to lose weight. The water and fiber together help to remove all excess fat in our body.

Many researchers have proved that increasing the consumption of plant food decreases the risk of health diseases. Try to add cucumber to your daily diet and enjoy the benefits.

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Kalaivani Selvaraj, MBA, got her Master’s degree in Human Resources. Due to her interest in natural healing, she pursued studies in the field of alternative medicine and is certified in Aromatherapy by Isla Verde Spa Training Academy. Ms. Kalaivani Selvaraj is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.