Cu­cum­ber: The world’s health­i­est food

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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.

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