The cucumber has been in the news again, it’s moving from boring salad staple to superfood status. Here at Stem + Glory we love cucumbers, and they are a core ingredient in our juices too. Here are seven reasons to love this vegetable.
1. They Protect Against Cancer
Due to polyphenols known as lignans, cucumber may help to lower your risk of certain cancers. Source 1 Other cucumber cancer protection properties are cucurbitacins. Source 2
2. They Boost Your Memory and Protect Your Brain
Cucumbers contain fisetin that has been shown to improve your memory and nerves from age related deterioration. Source 3
3. They are Supercharged with Antioxidants
There are a whole host of antioxidants in Cucumber. Including vitamin C, beta-carotene, quercetin, apigenin, luteolin, and kaempferol. Source 4. Antioxidants help strengthen the immune system and therefore protect against a wide range of diseases.
4. They Keep Your Breath Fresh
Just a simple slice of cucumber in the mouth can removed the bacteria that cause odour. If eaten, cucumber is also said to remove heat in the stomach which is thought to be the cause of bad breath. Source 5
5. They Help You to Manage Stress
Cucumbers contain a wide range of B vitamins, which are well known to help mood and mitigate some of the damage that stress can cause on the mind and body.
6. They are the Perfect Snack!
Cucumbers are very low in calories, and are perfect sliced and naked, or used for dips instead of bread. And as they are filled with soluble fibre, they actually mean you feel fuller for longer and are therefore also the perfect diet food if you are trying to regulate your weight.
7. They Lower or Regulate Blood Pressure
The potassium in Cucumber is linked to lower blood pressure levels. Source 6 Potassium in balance is crucial for your body, and in particular the heart, to function correctly.