Foods That Heal – Cucumber

Since times immemorial there have been foods that heal…Heal every human ill…Some with side-effects…others without it…And this article is about one such amazing fruit with zero side-effects…Cucumber…

 I’d call it rather a fact that often Cucumbers’ healing abilities are underestimated…This is a plant that belongs to the gourd family…which includes -

  • Watermelons
  • Cantaloupes
  • Pumpkins
  • Zucchini

 All of these are known for their health-giving properties…The simple truth is cucumbers are one of the most underrated fruits…

 Cucumbers are the fourth most widely cultivated fruits in the world…Cucumbers are commercially divided into two types-

  • Slicing cucumbers
  • Pickling cucumbers

Cucumbers grow in both temperate and tropical environments…requiring temperatures in the range of 60-90 degrees…

The cucumber is thought to have originated in Western Asia and/or parts of the Middle East…The cucumber was brought to America in the 1500’s by the European settlers

Most of the year Florida and California provide the country with cucumbers…In the winter cucumbers from Mexico are found in groceries…Their uses are so diverse that they find their way into all types of cuisine…

The long…dark green and smooth-skinned cucumbers are the ones most consumers are familiar with…They also come in a variety of colours…sizes…shapes and textures…There are white…yellow…and orange ones…The sizes vary from short…oval…and round…The skins can be thick and rough…Technically cucumbers are fruit…and culinary are considered vegetables…

Genetic manipulation isn’t responsible for the seedless varieties of cucumbers…Though a process called parthenogenesis…cucumber plants can fruit without pollen…

The cucumber healing abilities are under-rated…The skin of the cucumber is a source of dietary fibre and minerals such as –

  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Molybdenum

They are a rich source of –

  • Triterpene
  • phytonutrients called cucurbitacins

Scientists have concluded that several different pathways required for cancer to develop are blocked by cucurbitancins…

Cucumber is used for detoxification…the high water content makes cucumbers perfect for this purpose…It increases urination…which in turn helps eliminate and neutralizes toxins…Both the water and potassium in cucumbers also removes excess uric acid and metabolic toxins through the kidneys…

Okay…Now go through our references…

  1. Cucumber Oil by Beauty Secrets
  2. Cucumber Oil by Skin
  3. Cucumber by DG