Updated: May 26
You've heard of the ole saying "An apple a day keeps the doctors away", but what about a cucumber a day? Cucumbers are overlooked in the nutritional world at times, but they should be considered as one of the super foods to include in your diet.
1. Rich in antioxidants & vitamins
Cucumbers are rich in antioxidants & vitamins, antioxidants may good for a health heart, and my also lower your risk of infections, heart disease, digestive issues, chronic fatigue, and some forms of cancers. They also include vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese, as well as including quercetin, apigenin, luteolin, and kaempferol, which are more unique flavonoid antioxidants.
One of the benefits from the flavonoid antioxidants is a decrease in inflammation."Cucumbers may help to "cool" the inflammatory response in your body, and animal studies suggest that cucumber extract helps reduce unwanted inflammation, in part by inhibiting the activity of pro-inflammatory enzymes (including cyclo-oxygenase 2, or COX-2)."
3. Helps with 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.
4. Supports Digestion
Cucumbers are rich in two of the most basic elements needed for healthy digestion: water and fiber. Cucumber skins contain insoluble fiber, which helps add bulk to your stool. This helps food to move through your digestive tract more quickly for healthy elimination. A rise in stomach PH also aids with the digestive process , especially helping those with acid reflux or IBS.
5. Brain Protection
One of the flavanol antioxidants known as fistien has been proven to improve memory and protecting your nerve cells from age-related declines. In studies with mice it has been found to prevent progressive memory and learning impairments with Alzheimer's disease.
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