Five health benefits of cucumbers

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A lady humorously wrote that she finds it difficult to openly buy cucumbers in the market because cucumbers are increasingly becoming notorious for obvious reasons. However, as a fruit cucumbers are highly beneficial to the body. Here are just five ways cucumber impact on our health.

IMPACT ON BLOOD SUGAR

Researches seem to affirm that eating cucumbers can reduce our blood-sugar which makes them desirable for diabetics. Even though research is still ongoing about the impact cucumbers truly have on the human blood-sugar, researches done with mice and other animals show that the blood sugar level dropped after the animals were fed with cucumbers.

While it is true that the same experiments are yet to be sufficiently carried out with humans, there seems to be a strong possibility that cucumbers can reduce the sugar level in our blood when consumed regularly.

IT HELPS WITH WEIGHT LOSS

The fact that the fruit has a high water content aids in weight loss as well. It has been proven that up to 90 percent of the content of cucumbers is made up of water.

Furthermore, cucumbers are very low in calories which makes them ideal for consumption as eating them regularly does not lead to weight gain. Therefore, using them to replace other sources of food which are high in calories aids weight loss.

IT IS HIGHLY NUTRITIOUS

Cucumbers contain a lot of vitamins and fibre particularly when eaten with their backs not peeled off. Among the nutritional content of cucumbers are: carbs, protein, fibre, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Magnesium, Potassium Manganese etc. So cucumbers are very nutritious.

CUCUMBERS CONTAIN ANTIOXIDANTS

Vital antioxidants that remove toxins from the body are contained in cucumbers. These antioxidants help prevent several chronic diseases including cancers as well as lung and heart conditions.

IT HELPS HYDRATION

Cucumbers are composed of about 96% water, which may increase hydration and help one meet one's daily fluid needs. Eating cucumbers daily is one way of keeping the body properly hydrated.

This also helps bowel movement coupled with the fact that the fruit is very rich in fibre. All in all, regular eating of cucumbers will curb the body's potentials for dehydration particular in a hot weather like we have in Nigeria.

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