The cucumber is a member of the gourd family and is an ingredient in Living Juice's organic, cold-pressed Green Vitality. Green Vitality is also heavily present in our juice cleanse and fast. The cucumber originally comes from India but is now grown on most continents. Next to tomatoes, cabbage, and onions, cucumbers are the fourth most widely cultivated vegetable in the world. They are crisp, refreshing and can be used to compliment almost any dish. In this Living Juice ingredient spotlight, we will be looking at some of the benefits you may expect from including cucumber in your diet.
Firstly, cucumbers are a very low calorie vegetable. A 100-gram serving contains only 15 calories. It also contains no saturated fats or cholesterol. Cucumbers are known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Cucumbers are a valuable source of antioxidant nutrients including vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese. Cucumbers are also a good source of caffeic acid, which is known for discouraging carcinogenesis (the initiation of cancer cells) as well as its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Cucumbers are also high in the mineral silica. Silica contributes to the strength of our connective tissues (increasing the production of skin-boosting collagen)! Additionally, cucumber peel is a good source of dietary fiber that helps reduce constipation and may offer protection against colon cancers by eliminating toxic compounds from the gut.
Cucumbers are also often used topically as a remedy for skin problems. They are very good for swelling under the eyes, sunburn, and dermatitis. The reason why this is successful is that cucumber contains ascorbic acid as well as caffeic acid. Both of these compounds have properties that prevent water retention making them helpful for treating these kinds of skin ailments.
Cucumbers are not only delicious, but can help your body inside and out! Next time you're looking to get your fill on healthy cucumbers, try Living Juice's Green Vitality!