Cucumber – Magic food that works wonders

Cucumber – Magic food that works wonders

You can call them the food of beautification or you can include them in your healthy foods’ list.   Cucumbers give you a lot of energy leading to the smoothening your skin collagen.  Phytochemicals present in cucumber tighten the collagen in your skin by making the outer layers compact and dipping down the appearance of cellulite. So, try rubbing a few slices of cucumber on that annoying cellulite before you go out to a beach. Rubbing it over the wrinkles also works. Energizing quality, the vitamins and mineral content in cucumbers make them much wanted by low-carb dieters as a substitute to a lot of high calorie foods.   Cucumbers do a lot more benefit to our body than we can imagine.   Hydration Cucumbers have very high water content that is healthier than normal water as it maintains hydration in the body and keeps the body temperature regulated. The toxins are easily flushed out of the body.   Digestion Your daily consumption of fresh cucumber juice can help you get rid of digestive problems like gastritis, acidity, ulcers, heartburn and constant constipation. It flushes out all the toxins out of your body.   Controls Blood Pressure Magnesium, potassium and fiber in cucumber juice controls the blood pressure.   Fights Cancers Lariciresinol, secoisolariciresinol & pinoresinol – three lignans present in cucumber reduce the risk of several cancers like uterine cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer and ovarian cancer.   Promotes Skin care Cucumbers help in skin care due to very high water content, Vitamins and nutrients, and the existence of minerals like potassium, silica and magnesium. Skin tightening facial masks use cucumber juice. Caffeic acid & ascorbic acid in cucumbers reduce the puffiness under the eyes. Promotes weight loss Cucumber consumption increases water intake that leads to low intake of calorie content. Helps in joint health Silica found in cucumbers is very helpful for joint health as it strengthens the connective linings and tissues in the body. Diabetes and Cholesterol control A hormone present in cucumber is said to be desired by pancreatic cells to produce insulin, helpful for diabetics. Sterols in cucumber help lower down the cholesterol levels.   Cucumbers that are dark green in colour & solid to touch should be preferred while buying. Yellow coloured ones should be avoided as they contain seeds that have matured and insoluble fiber. Cucumbers that are grown organically are high on nutrients & taste.     Image Credit: http://us.123rf.com/400wm/400/400/leftleg/leftleg1007/leftleg100700016/7415295-cucumbers-and-a-cucumber-cut-in-circles-washed-and-placed-in-a-black-ceramic-plate-isolated-on-white.jpg

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