Cucumber: The world’s healthiest food
Text from Sikirat Shehu, Ilorin ucumber is a widely cultivated plant in gourd family. Experts say it belong to the same plant family as squash, pumpkin, and watermelon (the Cucurbitaceae family). Like watermelon, cucumbers are made up of 95 percent water, which means eating them on a hot day can help you stay hydrated. There are nine reasons why you should eat cucumber.
1. Healthy brain: Cucumber contains an anti-inflammatory flavonol called fisetin that appears to play an important role in brain health. It improves your memory and protect your nerve cells from age-related decline.
2. Reduces risk of cancer: It contains polyphenols called lignans, which may help to
Clower your risk of breast, uterine, ovarian, and prostate cancers. 3. Fight Inflammation: Cucumber may help to “cool” the inflammatory response in your body, and animal studies suggest that cucumber extract helps reduce unwanted inflammation, in part by inhibiting the activity of pro-inflammatory enzymes.
4. It freshens your breath: Placing a cucumber slice on the roof of your mouth may help to rid your mouth of odor-causing bacteria.
Cucumber makes a great base for vegetable juice. There are many ways to enjoy cucumbers, such as fermented or raw in vinegar-based salads. A simple juice of cucumber and celery is ideal for those new to juicing.