Health Benefits Of The Green Cooling Cucumber

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Latin Name : Cucumis sativus

In India, cucumber is called 'Kakri' and 'Kheera'.

Cucumber belongs to the family Cucurbitaceae. It is a plant that creeps on the ground but can be made to climb on to supports that it does with the help of its tendrils.

Cucumber originated in India but is now grown worldwide. It is the 4th most grown vegetable in the world. The cucumber vine has large leaves. Though it is a fruit botanically, it is regarded as a vegetable. Over 90% of cucumber is water.

There are 3 varieties of cucumber.

  • Slicing - Eaten mainly in fresh and raw.
  • Pickling - Used in making pickles.
  • Burpless - A sweeter variety with thinner skin than the above 2 types and almost seedless. They are so called as cucumber seeds are believed to cause gas in some people and this variety does not.

Cucumbers are easy to grow in the home garden. They produce prolifically and do not require a lot of time and care. Picking fruits regularly ensures regular availability of fresh produce.


cucumber plant
cucumber plant | Source

Uses Of Cucumber

  • To Relieve Puffiness Around Eyes

Chill a cucumber and cut 2 slices. Keep them over closed eyes for 10 - 15 minutes. The cucumber hydrates the skin tissue around the eyes while chilling it contracts the blood vessels around the eyes and reduces swelling.

  • For A Cooling Summer Bath

Add 1 sliced cucumber to a tub of warm water to which you have added 2 cups epsom salt and a fistful of cut peppermint leaves. Soak in this refreshing water for a while to avail of its cooling benefits.

  • For Relieving Fatigue

When you are feeling tired, consume a cucumber. The B vitamins and carbohydrates will give a quick boost to your energy levels.

  • To Prevent Bathroom Mirror Fogging

When having a hot shower or bath the mirror tends to get foggy. To prevent this rub a cucumber slice on the mirror.

  • To Get Rid Of Garden Slugs/Pests

Put some cucumber slices in a small aluminium tin. The chemicals relesed by cucumber react with the aluminium and emit a scent that sends these pests running for their life.

  • An Instant Cellulite Fix

Rub 1 -2 slices of cucumber on the areas of the skin affected by cellulite. This causes collagen in the skin to firm up thereby making the cellulite less noticeable.

  • To Prevent Hangover Headache

Eat some cucumber slices before going to sleep. The sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes in cucumber makes one feel refreshed on waking up.

  • As a shoe Shine

Rub a freshly cut cucumber slice on the shoe to get an instant shine.

  • To Fix A Squeaky Hinge

Rub a cucumber slice on the affected hinge to make it silent.

  • To Clean Taps And Sinks

Rub a cucumber slice on stainless steel surfaces of taps, sinks and the like to remove water marks and make them shine.

  • For Sunburn

Rub cucumber slices to soothe sunburnt skin.

  • For Constipation

Eat a cucumber daily to prevent constipation. The seeds are diuretic.

  • For The Skin

Cucumber is cooling and soothes, heals and softens the skin. Due to its cleaning and cleansing properties it makes the skin soft and supple.

Because of its usefulness in treating skin problems, cucumber is used in many cosmetic preparations like face packs, facials, creams etc.


Cucumber Varieties

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slicing cucumberspickling cucumbersburpless cucumbers
slicing cucumbers
slicing cucumbers | Source
pickling cucumbers
pickling cucumbers | Source
burpless cucumbers
burpless cucumbers | Source

Cucumber Nutritional Benefits


Cucumber is very low in calories about 15 calories/100 grams. It is free of fat and cholesterol and is a good source of dietary fiber.

Cucumber is a very good source of potassium about 147 mg/100 grams while at the same time is very low in sodium, just 2 mg/100 grams.

It has useful anti oxidants in the form of alpha and beta carotenes, Vitamins A & C, lutein and zeaxanthin.

Cucumber contains high levels of Vitamin K about 17 mg/100 grams.


Cucumber Nutrition

 
Cucumber (Cucumis sativus), raw,
 
 
Nutritive value per 100 g
 
 
(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)
 
Principle
Nutrient Value
Percentage of RDA
Energy
15 Kcal
<1%
Carbohydrates
3.63 g
3%
Protein
0.65 g
1%
Total Fat
0.11 g
0.50%
Cholesterol
0 mg
0%
Dietary Fiber
0.5 g
1%
Vitamins
 
 
Folates
7 micro gm
2%
Niacin
0.098 mg
<1%
Pantothenic acid
0.259 mg
5%
Pyridoxine
0.040 mg
3%
Riboflavin
0.033 mg
3%
Thiamin
0.027 mg
2%
Vitamin A
105 IU
3.50%
Vitamin C
2.8 mg
4.50%
Vitamin E
0.03 mg
0%
Vitamin K
16.4 micro gm
13.60%
Electrolytes
 
 
Sodium
2 mg
0%
Potassium
147 mg
3%
Minerals
 
 
Calcium
16 mg
1.60%
Iron
0.28 mg
3.50%
Magnesium
13 mg
3%
Manganese
0.079 mg
3.50%
Phosphorus
24 mg
3%
Phosphorus
 
 
Zinc
0.20 mg
2%
Phyto-nutrients
 
 
Carotene
45 micro gm
--
Crypto-xanthin
26 micro gm
--
Lutein-zeaxanthin
23 micro gm
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Health Benefits Of Cucumbers

  • Not only does cucumber keep the body hydrated being over 90% water, it helps keep the body weight in check as it is also low in calories as well as helping to flush out toxins from the body.
  • Cucumber contains 3 lignans - lariciresinol, pinoresinol and secoisolarirecinol. These lignans have been reported to reduce the risk of various cancers especially those of the prostrate, breast, ovary and the uterus.
    Also, the phytonutrients- the cucurbitans, that are in high levels,also provide anti cancer properties.
  • Cucumber contains sterols that reduce cholesterol levels. The good levels of potassium, magnesium and fiber regulate blood pressure as well.
  • Cucumber is good for hair growth as it contains silicon and sulfur. To aid hair growth, juice of cucumber with carrot, lettuce and spinach should be taken regularly.
  • Cucumber has anti oxidant and anti inflammatory properties. The lignans and flavonoids, vitamin C, beta carotene and manganese, are responsible for these benefits.
  • Silica in cucumbers also prevent chipping and splitting of nails.
  • The high levels of Vitamin K is responsible in building strong bones and controlling neuronal damage in the brain of those affected by Alzheimer's.
  • The vitamin C and caffeic acid content of cucumber prevents water retention and therefore applying it topically reduces swellings around the eyes, helps in treating burns and dermatitis.
  • Cucumber contain the protein digesting enzyme Erepsin. so eating cucumber with high protein meats can aid in digestion.
  • Consuming cucumber is beneficial for those with diabetes as it contains a hormone that is required by the pancreas to produce insulin.
  • Silica in cucumber is in good amounts and it promotes healthy joints and strenthens the connective tissue.
    A mixture of carrot juice and cucumber juice lowers uric acid levels and relieves pain of gout and arthritis.
  • Fresh cucumber juice relieves heartburn, acidity, gastritis and even ulcers.


Some Cucumber Facts

Lack of water, poor quality soil or other streesors can cause cucumbers to become bitter.

A thin layer of wax is applied to most cucumbers before being sold to impart a shine for improving their appeal. Cucumber skin has no natural shine.

Cucumber when kept with tomatoes can spoil faster.

China is the largest producer of cucumbers worldwide while in the U.S. Florida is the leading producer.

The largest cucumber is believed to have weighed 59 pounds.

"Cool as a cucumber" is a well known phrase. A fact that is true in reality as the inside of a cucumber can be up to 20 degrees cooler than the the outside temperature. No wonder it is a a summer time favorite.

References

http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/cucumber.html
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=42
http://www.gardeningchannel.com/the-health-benefits-of-cucumber/
http://www.healthonlinezine.info/15-health-benefits-of-cucumber.html
http://www.eatingwell.com
http://www.naturalnews.com/035719_cucumbers_anti-aging_vegetables.html


Disclaimer

The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies, supplements or starting a new health regime.

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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I've always enjoyed eating cucumbers and English cucumbers. It's nice to see all the health benefits as well as the many uses for cucumbers.


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sarahshuihan 3 years ago from USA

Wow, I never thought of using cucumber to fix a squeaky hinge!


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Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

Had to read this and show my daughter! She eats cucumbers like they are candy and I am glad to see how healthy they are! Thanks for writing this!


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hawaiianodysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

Wow, Rajan, I must've learned a good dozen or more new facts about the versatile cucumber...such as how it can, in combination with aluminum, be an effective anti-slug garden aid...that its juice can shine one's shoes...and how it can be a coolant additive for one's bath in hot weather. As a man, I especially like the fact that it combats prostate cancer. I never cease to be amazed at the amount of knowledge you have about your health and nutrition topics, and I love that I always learn a great deal from being the blessed recipient of such information whenever I read your hubs. Frequently, I remember to share this info with my wife. Thank you so much, Rajan! Finally, I love that you are complementing these articles with some of your very own videos. In short summation, Rajan, you rock! Aloha, my friend!


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Good information Rajan! Cucumbers are easy to grow in our area, so it's good to have these tips for this summer. Thank you and Happy New Year my friend.


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peachpurple 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

very informative and lots of benefits that i never knew. I love to eat cucumbers with satay and salad. Good to know that i am on the right track. Thanks for the wonderful hub


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

Everything I ever wanted to know about cucumbers..I now know. Little did I know last night while eating cucumbers how valuable they were. Thanks Rajan always an excellent health source you are...Great hub. Voting up and pinning.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ Just Ask Susan - thanks for the visit.

@ Sarah - thanks for the comments.

@ GTF - Ain't you happy now for your daughter! Thanks.

@ HO - thanks for such effusive appreciation my friend. Thank you.

@ Bill - thanks for the heartening comments my friend and wish you a Happy New Year too.

@ peach - thanks for reading. Glad to know you like it.

@ Carol - Thank you friend, for visiting, appreciating and pinning.


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HLPhoenix 3 years ago

My first time here and I picked a winner! Cucumbers are a favorite of mine but I never imagined that they were soooo extra specially good for me. The variety of things you have found that cucumbers can be used for... 'polishing shoes,' who knew? I do use cucumber slices to clean a sticky counter on days when I am eating them... but I have to say the puffy eye thing never worked for me. Thanks for all the research you must have done to bring this information to us... I really enjoyed your Hub and will share.


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Harsha Vardhana R 3 years ago from Bangalore

Cucumber - a great health supplement !

Thank you, Rajan!

Voted up!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks Harsha.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Singing praises about your great hub. I absolutely love cucumbers and it was great to discover there were so many other benefits. Passing this on.


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Hi rajan,

Great info here on cucumbers. I have done two articles on them which I will link to this. Cucumbers are such an interesting fruit/vegetable and so beneficial for the skin and health. Congrats on another great article my friend, votes a plenty, shared and will link!


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vibesites 3 years ago from United States

wow, I'm so amazed to find out about the many other uses of cucumber than for the body. It can also be used to clean foggy mirrors and shine shoes. Really fantastic. Thanks for posting. Voted up and interesting, useful. :)


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ Rasma - Thank you for reading and sharing.

@ Suzie - Thanks for the linking, sharing and visiting. I'll do the linking as well.

@ vibesites - Glad to see you like the info. Thanks for stopping by.


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healthwealthmusic 3 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

Learned something new today, thanks to you and the cucumber :) Good thing I love cucumbers - now I also know of other uses for them besides eating ;) This would be a good way to use up the cukes that are too old/big for eating.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ HL - thanks and am glad you enjoyed reading this.

@ Ruth - Sure, there are other many ways to use the healthy cucumber apart from eating them. Thanks for visiting.


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Brett.Tesol 3 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

I liked the energy tip! interesting. I love these in Asia, just because they are cool and refreshing on a hot day ... wasn't as keen in the UK. However, these work wonders after some VERY spicy food ... I love it, but sometimes your mouth needs the fire putting out lol.

Shared, up, interesting, and tweeted.


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dilipchandra12 3 years ago from India

Very good hub, i like it. It was well written with lots of info. Keep it up


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KDeus 3 years ago from Florida

I love, love, love cucumbers! I grew pickler and slicing in my garden last year on a trellis. Even made some pickles! Cucumbers can really cool you down on a hot day, like we have here in Florida. The recipe videos you posted look delicious! I will have to try them. Thanks for sharing. Voted up!


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Interesting and useful;thank you so much rajan. Here's to so many more hubs for us both to share in this coming New Year

Take care

Eddy.


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eHealer 3 years ago from Las Vegas

Rajan, I made the spa water! It's so excellent! It is refreshing, soothing and relaxing. Great read and easy instructions, thanks. I love your hubs, your research is so thorough and extremely interesting, I appreciate your hard work! Up and facebooked!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ Brett - Cucumbers are real cool! Thanks for reading and sharing.

@ Dilip - Thanks.

@ Keely - I hope you give these recipes a shot. Thanks for visiting.

@ Eiddwen - Glad you like the info. Thanks for stopping by.

@ Deborah - Nice to know you made the spa water and loved it. Thanks for the compliments and sharing. Much appreciated.


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alocsin 3 years ago from Orange County, CA

I love cucumbers because they add a bit of coolness and crunch to salads. Good to know that it has health benefits. Voting this Up and Useful.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks for the visit and votes Aurelio.


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

Cucumber really is an amazing veggie. I didn't know it was so full of Vitamin B & C and helpful with fatigue. I'm going to try the fogging bathroom mirror trick! How interesting. Thank you for this reminder to eat my cucumbers!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

vespawoolf, glad you like the info. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you try the mirror defogging trick.


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

The mirror defogging trick works! I tried it today! What a great tip.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks for the feedback, vespawoolf. Much appreciated!


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Cucumbers have long been a favorite food and I am so glad to hear that they have health benefits! Thank you for this informative hub!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Glad to see you Audrey and happy to note you love this healthy veggie. Appreciate your visit. Thanks.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

I love cucumbers, so I am glad to see how healthy and useful they are. We grow cucumbers in our vegetable garden every year. We love to eat them raw and make pickles with them also. You have included so much great information here. I learned a few things from this hub I didn't know. Voting this up and more! :)


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi Sheila, Great to know that you use cucumbers in many ways. I'm glad you find the info useful. Appreciate the votes and visit. Thank you very much.


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dwachira 3 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Hi Rajan,

Today world is tough, i will try your suggestion here about using Cucumbers to relieve fatigue especially after work. I didn't know it can also be used to prevent foggy mirrors. Useful information, voted up and will have to share this with followers and Google+.


lovedoctor926 3 years ago

This is useful and awesome. I'm definitely bookmarking.


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programmingpad 3 years ago from US

i like cucumbers very much...:)


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ Danson - I'm glad this hub provided you with some new info which you could use if needed. I appreciate your visiting and sharing it ahead. Thanks.

@ lovedoctor - thanks for stopping by, marlene.

@ programmingpad - Welcome to Hubpages and thanks for reading. I hope to read your stuff soon. You're welcome for any help here.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Learned some new things that cucumber can do. I love cucumber and we grow them every year. We eat them fresh or pickle them. Thanks for all the information. Voted up.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

moonlake, thanks for the vote up. Good to see you.


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Indian Chef 3 years ago from New Delhi India

rajan I really like cucumbers and eat it mostly in salads and in raita. Liked your hub on fb and voted it up.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks Indian chef.


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

Rajan,

Wow! You have some very useful and interesting facts about cucumbers in this hub. I never realized there were so many benefits from the cucumber. Now I can understand why my parents grew them every summer on the farm. Some years we would plant at least a half acre and sell them to a pickle company. It was back-breaking hard and uncomfortable work picking during the hot and humid August months. Voted up and sharing, Pinning, and Tweeting.


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exchangerecovery 3 years ago from India

really nice hub


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Kasman 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

I feel stupid Rajan, I had no idea of the health benefits of cucumbers and I tend to pride myself as being someone who's up to date on good healthy things to eat. Kinda floored me to see that it could even be used to prevent fogging on mirrors as that is a constant irritant for me. Very detailed and informative hub and I'm voting this one up! Great job!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ Paul - I seem to take in time with these hubs Paul! I enjoyed reading your experience in raising cucumbers. Thanks for giving this a read and sharing it.

@ exchangerecovery - thanks.

@ Kas - glad you like it and it helps with controlling weight too. That should make you happy, my friend! Thanks for stopping by.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

One of my favorite fruits. It´s good to know that cucumber has a lot of health benefits. Thanks for sharing my friend. Voted up and pinned;-)


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks for reading, voting and sharing, Thelma.


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

Wonderful cucumber hub, Rajan! I love cucumbers and am growing a bunch right now, hoping for a bounty. I had no idea they had so many diverse uses. I particularly like them in the form of cucumber sandwiches. Voted up and shared.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

FlourishAnyway, I hope you get a bountiful harvest of cucumbers. Thanks for reading and sharing.

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