Cucumber, a widely cultivated climbing or sprawling annual plant in the gourd family Cucuribitaceae (family of herbaceous vines).
A cylindrical fruit that has a green rind and crisp white flesh used mostly in culinary vegetables with petiolated (stalk attaching the leaf blade to the stem) leaves rounded at both ends.
Cucumber has always been known for its numerous health benefits and can be found in three main varieties, namely, burpless, slicing and prickling and is normally eaten raw in salads or by itself even as it can also be cooked or is being used in other ways daily which will be mentioned later in the article.
Originated in Nepal, cucumber is about ninety (90%) percent water and have been around for thousands of years. It was used by the Romans to treat vision problems, scorpion bites and scare mice away.
It was also sliced and worn around the waiste of women who wants children in those times. The Spaniards is said to have brought cucumbers to Haiti in 1494 through Christopher Columbus.
Cucumber is an excellent source of anti-oxidants, vitamin C, manganese and beta-carotene. With its source of anti-oxidants, cucumber are a good cancer fighting agent such as ovarian, uterus, breast and prostate.
Cucumber is also known to contain folic acid which is an excellent fruit for pregnant women as it can prevent birth deformities, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, calcium, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B5 and vitamin B6.
Known to treat many health conditions like bed sores,
- Boosts the immune system
- Aids in weight loss
- Keeps the body hydrated
- Stabilize blood pressure
- Helps digestion
- Soothes muscle and joint pain
- Smooth hair and nails
- The juice is a good treatment for the skin, and is normally used in spas
- Excellent choice for headaches and hangovers, just have a cucumber before going to bed will ease all the discomfort
- An effective diuretic making it an excellent choice to get rid of toxins
- Treats or prevents diabetes
Cucumbers are easily grown and can also be done in your backyard garden, slices of cucumber are useful in your garden too as it keeps away slugs and other pests.
It is also beneficial in removing cellulite by simple rubbing a few slices on the affected area, also known to be a great shoe shine, even clean sinks and basins.
Cucumbers can be a healthy snack, it even fights against heat and relieves heartburn, also known to freshen the breath and prevents gum disease, reduces cholesterol and thus preventing or treats heart disease.