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5 Cool Benefits of Cucumbers

By Brandi Swieter 

Cucumbers offer a refreshing taste with a whole lot of benefits. Most people realize that cucumbers come with some advantages simply because of their vegetable status. What many don’t know for sure is the exact type of nutrients and vitamins a cucumber contains. Anyone who consumes the green refreshing vegetable often will gain at least five health benefits from doing so.

Blocking Cancer Cell Growth

Due to the polyphenols and phytonutrients found in cucumbers, there is the possibility of blocking cancer cell growth. With antioxidant properties as well, those who consume cucumbers regularly may experience a decrease in free radicals within the body and abnormal cell growth that leads to disease or worse. Those who already have cancer can use regular cucumber consumption to help fight it.

Weight Loss

Cucumbers contain roughly 45 calories. Consuming them as a snack is an easy way to promote weight loss. Instead of dining on unhealthy options, individuals who eat cucumbers more often are more likely to experience a decrease in weight. Cucumbers also have a high water content, making them a hydrating vegetable to eat often to keep the body hydrated and healthy.

Large Dose of Vitamin K

With nearly 62 percent of the daily recommended value of Vitamin K, cucumbers make an excellent source for vitamins. Vitamin K helps to regulate blood within the body and help it clot when necessary. Low levels of the vitamin may mean a person bruises easier or suffers from excessive bleeding after a simple cut. Eating more cucumbers can help prevent these symptoms.

Plenty of Potassium

One hundred grams of cucumber contains nearly 150 milligrams of potassium. Consuming a full cucumber, which is around 300 grams, would provide 13 percent of the recommended daily intake of this nutrient. Potassium helps to maintain acids within the body and counteracts the harmful effects of sodium. It’s helpful for cramping and also provides energy. Bananas are no longer the only source of potassium. Snack on cucumbers and gain the same benefits.

Aids in Digestion

With a high water content and plenty of fiber, cucumbers are beneficial for those struggling with digestive problems. Eating cucumbers can aid in digestion and keep things regular in the bathroom. This means better overall health and well-being since constipation issues can be a cause for concern and lead to serious discomfort.

Add cucumbers to the diet and experience these benefits and more. The green vegetable with a refreshing and cool bite has a lot to offer. Eat them plain, dice them into a salad, or mix them in soup and get all the health advantages they have to offer.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Santee, Calif.

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