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May 14, 2010

Health & Nutritional values of Cucumber

Cucumber is a vegetable that belongs to the same family as pumpkins, zucchinis & other squashes. It has a dark green skin, which reveals whitish or very light green flesh, when peeled.
Cucumber
There are basically two types of cucumbers - the pickling varieties & the slicing varieties. Most of us know that cucumbers 've cooling properties & are extremely good for bringing relief to the eyes in summers. However, they are associated with a number of other health & nutrition benefits too.
    Nutritional Value
    Given below is the amount of nutrients in 100 gm of raw, unpeeled cucumber
  • Carbohydrates - 3.63 gm
  • Protein - 0.65 gm
  • Sugars - 1.67 gm
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.5 gm
  • Thiamin (Vitamin B1) - 0.027 mg
  • Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) - 0.033 mg
  • Niacin (Vitamin B3) - 0.098 mg
  • Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) - 0.259 mg
  • Vitamin B6 - 0.040 mg
  • Folate (Vitamin B9) - 7 μg
  • Vitamin C - 2.8 mg
  • Calcium - 16 mg
  • Magnesium - 13 mg
  • Phosphorus - 24 mg
  • Potassium - 147 mg
  • Iron - 0.28 mg
  • Zinc 0.20 mg
  • Fat - 0.11 gm
    Health & Nutrition Benefits
  • Raw cucumber, when applied on the skin, can help reduce heat & inflammation.
  • The flesh of cucumbers is a very good source of vitamins A, C & folic acid.
  • The hard skin is rich in fiber & a variety of minerals including magnesium, silica, molybdenum, & potassium.
  • Fresh cucumber juice can provide relief from heartburn, acid stomach, gastritis & even ulcer.
  • Placing a cucumber slice over the eyes not only soothes them, but also reduces swelling.
  • The diuretic, cooling & cleansing property of cucumber makes it good for skin.
  • Daily consumption of cucumber juice helps control cases of eczema, arthritis & gout.
  • Cucumber has been found to be beneficial for those suffering from lung, stomach & chest problems.
  • Cucumber contains Erepsin, the enzyme that helps in protein digestion.
  • The potassium in cucumber makes it useful for the problem of high & low blood pressure.
  • Cucumber juice is said to promote hair growth, especially when it is added to the juice of carrot, lettuce & spinach.
  • Cucumber juice, when mixed with carrot juice, is said to be good for rheumatic conditions caused by excessive uric acid in the body.
  • Cucumber can prove to be beneficial for those suffering from diseases of the teeth & gums, especially in cases of pyorrhea.
  • Being rich in minerals, cucumber helps prevent splitting of nails
    of the fingers & toes.
  • Cucumber has been associated with healing properties in relation to diseases of the kidney, urinary bladder, liver & pancreas.
  • Those suffering from diabetes 've been found to benefit from the consumption of cucumber/cucumber juice.
  • Cucumber is an excellent source of silica, which is a trace mineral that contributes to the strength of our connective tissue.

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