Saturday, November 15, 2008

Cucumber - Health Benefits

The scientific name of cucumber is cucumis sativus. Like pumpkin, watermelon and squash, cucumber belongs to the family of cucurbitaceous. It has very high water content and it is low in calories. It has a rich source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin C and folic acid.

Here are some of the health benefits of cucumber:

• It promotes the flow of urine.
• For those with rheumatic problem, its juice, together with the juices of carrot and beet, provides relief because it helps eliminate uric acid.
• You can treat tired eyes and remove eye bags under your eyes by placing slices of cucumber over your closed eyes.
• Cucumber is good for your constipation became it is laxative in nature
• By eating cucumber you also increase the consumption of water
• Eat cucumber regularly to increase the flexibility in muscles and regulate blood pressure because it is a rich source of potassium
• It is a natural diuretic (it increases the rate of urination) which is used by people trying to reduce their weight.
• Its juice is soothing and refreshing for the skin and it is nourishing for our hair.
• Its dietary fibers regulate cholesterol level and support bowel regularity.
• Its magnesium content relaxes nerves and muscles and keeps blood circulating smoothly.

In Malaysia and Singapore satay (barbecued meat such as chicken and beef), a popular delicacy, is eaten with slices of cucumber. Eating cucumber neutralizes the heaty effect of satay.

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