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Health Benefits of Cucumbers - A High Nutrition Food

Updated on May 27, 2014

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Cucumbers are a refreshing green vegetable which have an attractive set of health improving benefits. They belong to the gourde family of foods which consists of melons, gourds, and squashes and may also be considered a fruit. Cucumbers can be enjoyed in salads but can also make an excellent and easy snack topped with a little garlic. If you are interested in simple ways to expand upon your healthy food intake, adding cucumbers can do wonders and it helps tremendously that they are affordable. They have a high water content and feature a nice set of vitamins and minerals, and so much more. Let's find out about this appealing and nutritious vegetable and how we can incorporate it more often into our diet.

Healthy Food

Eating cucumbers can be a great way to make subtle improvements to your diet.
Eating cucumbers can be a great way to make subtle improvements to your diet. | Source

Cucumber Nutrition

This vegetable or fruit can make for a delicious and beneficial addition to diets. It features Vitamins A, and K, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and trace amounts of other vitamins and minerals. Although they contain 95 percent water content, they still provide your body with all of these important health boosting nutrients. Cucumbers are also low in fat and do not contain cholesterol, which makes it a healthy snack option between meals. Eating cucumbers can help you stay fit and nourished with high quality nutrition designed for your best interests.

Great For Blood Pressure

There have been studies performed which showed positive effects in controlling blood pressure when consuming cucumbers. This vegetable can be a wise choice when improving diets. This health benefit is extremely useful to those who are looking for natural ways to control their blood pressure in addition to any other ways they already utilize. Certain foods, even natural choices such as fruits and vegetables may interfere with certain medications. Be sure to check with your doctor when considering foods you don't normally intake.

Snack Option

Cucumbers can make for healthy snack options.
Cucumbers can make for healthy snack options. | Source

Care For Skin And Hair

Cucumbers can serve another purpose besides replenishing your body with key nutrition. They feature sulfur and silicon which are nutrients shown to help in stimulating the growth of hair. Slices of this vegetable can be placed over eyes to help reduce inflammation and tone down puffiness. Many fruits and vegetables have vitamins and minerals which bathe and nourish the skin. Cucumber is also used in a wide selection of cosmetics for these exact purposes. If you feel that you could benefit from the use of cucumbers for some quick and natural skin care, give them a try.

Hydrating Food

Cucumbers possess a high water content and can be a fine choice when wanting to keep hydrated. Being sure to keep ourselves nourished with quality water sources can lead to our bodies performing at a more optimum and efficient level. This vegetable is a great selection for post exercise routines as well as a nutritious snack when not wanting to eat too much. Replace any unhealthy snacks you feel could be replaced with this choice along with other fruits and vegetables.

Little Changes Can Add Up

When looking to improve upon the quality of foods we eat in our diets, it's important to focus on natural sources. This is what makes fruits and vegetables so beneficial to us. They are not only from no greater source than nature itself, but are always loaded with crucial vitamins and minerals which our bodies need. One of the best ways to get the benefits of cucumbers is to add them into salads for an extra crunch and flavor. A hearty salad loaded with greens is a meal that should not be taken lightly. When this vegetable is added to the ingredients, you have a super health boosting fix. Give them a try and consider adding them into your eating habits more frequently. You will be amazed at what simple choices such as this can do in the long run. Thank you for reading and more for on health, please visit my profile or the links below.

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    Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

    Thank you Tonipet for your generosity. I'm happy you enjoyed this article :)

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    Tonette Fornillos 4 years ago from The City of Generals

    Hi James. I think I get a good score here, I'm into cucumber as a snack drink! Like DDE, I also enjoy eating cucumber raw with vinegar and honey dressing. Thanks for informing us how cucumbers provide for a high water content that can be a natural hydrating food. Please allow me to link my Well-Nourished skin hub to this:=)

    I'm voting up and very useful, sharing too! Thank you. Healthiness all the way!

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    Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Cucumber is an excellent snack and most healthy to eat. I enjoy eating cucumber soaked in vinegar thanks for this Hub.

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    Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

    Appreciate your comments nutritionhub. Thank you for reading and I'm glad you enjoyed this :)

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    nutritionhub 4 years ago

    I like your point about hydration. The water in fruit and vegetables is very beneficial due to the mineral content. There's also evidence to suggest that it's more easily absorbed and used by the body than drinking water. Great hub!

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    Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

    I always enjoy your comments Helen, glad this article was helpful for you. You take care as well friend and thank you for stopping by :)

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    oceansider 5 years ago

    Hi James,

    This was a well written article about cucumbers.....I haven't really been eating them too often & I actually didn't know how healthy they are until just now!....When I do eat them, I love to put them in salads....Thanks for this great info. on the nutrients in this veggie/fruit! .......Take good care and stay well, James.

    Your friend,

    Helen

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    Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

    Thanks for reading this article Aubrey, glad you enjoyed it :)

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    A.E. Williams 5 years ago from Hampton, GA

    Awesome hub, Olde. I absolutely love Cucumbers!! :)

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    Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

    Awesome combination M. Thank you for reading my friend :)

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    IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

    i love cucumbers with tomatoes and onions.

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    Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

    Take advantage of that, thanks for reading Lipnancy :)

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    Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

    Oh cukes are in season in my area of the country. Just got some fresh out of my fathers garden this weekend.

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    Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

    Appreciate your encouraging words LaThing. Happy you enjoy these. Thank for the vote and rating :)

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    LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

    I love cucumbers and we have them with almost every meal. Thanks for the info. As usual, you did a great job, James :)

    Voting up and useful.....

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    Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

    Sounds like a solid plan Mama kim, I love cucumbers and try to have them often. Thank you for your comments :)

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    Sasha Kim 5 years ago

    Cucumbers are so easy to grow too! I think I'll have to plant an extra one next year and make sure to eat more. Very informative, thank you cashmere.

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    Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

    It is one of the more surprising ones, thanks catgypsy for your comments :)

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    Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

    Thank you robie2 for your comments. Appreciate the vote :)

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    catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

    I love cucumbers and eat a lot of them. I figured they had some health benefits, but didn't realize how many until I read this great hub...thanks!

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    Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

    One of the best ways to enjoy them. Thanks for reading and voting kashmir :)

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    Roberta Kyle 5 years ago from Central New Jersey

    I love cucumbers and who knew they were good for blood pressure? Informative hub-- thanks and thumbs up

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    Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

    I'm thankful for your interest in my hubs Green Lotus. Thank you for your comments :)

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    Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi James, cucumbers are one of my favorite thing to eat in a salad, thanks for all this great information about them !

    Vote up and more !!!

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    Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

    I always love your comments vespawoolf, thank you for stopping by. They've become one of my favorite foods recently :)

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    Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

    They are a great snack, have that crunch to them, spices make them all the better. Thank you for stopping by carol7777, appreciate you voting :)

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    Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

    Thank you for reading jennzie, appreciate you voting :)

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    Hillary 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

    We love cucumbers (even in martinis!) Glad to know how healthful they are. Cheers!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    I had no idea cucumbers offer so many health benefits, especially lowering blood pressure. How interesting that they're in the gourd family and can be considered a fruit. I just know they're yummy!

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    carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

    We love cucumbers and try to have them at least twice a week. I just soak them in vinegar and a few spices. Low calorie and nutritious. You add a few things I didn't know and enjoy reading about. Thank you for sharing this information. Voted UP

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    Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

    I'm thankful for your votes and for rating formosangirl. Appreciate you reading this article :)

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    jennzie 5 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

    I admit I am not a big fan of cucumbers but I didn't know that they could help maintain healthy blood pressure.

    Nice hub, voted up!

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    formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

    My entire family enjoys cucumbers. I didn't realize how nutritious cucumbers are. Voted up and useful.