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The Health Benefits of Cucumbers

By Sara Butler

It’s summer, which means it’s time to eat all the fresh summer fruits and vegetables you can get your hands on! Cucumbers are a refreshing summer snack, but beyond that, they have some pretty serious health benefits. Here’s what you need to know about cucumbers and why you should probably be eating more of them for your health.

The Nutrient Breakdown

Cucumbers don’t have a lot of calories but still manage to pack in a fair amount of important minerals and vitamins. A medium raw, unpeeled (eat the peel for all the nutrients!) cucumber has:

  • 45 calories
  • 0 grams of fat
  • 11 grams of carbohydrates
  • 2 grams of protein
  • 2 grams of fiber
  • 14 percent of the recommended daily intake (RDI) of Vitamin C
  • 62 percent of the RDI of Vitamin K
  • 10 percent of the RDI of magnesium
  • 13 percent of the RDI of potassium
  • 12 percent of the RDI of manganese

The typical serving size is only about one-third of a cucumber, so adjust the nutrients listed above accordingly. And don’t forget that cucumbers are about 96 percent water, so they’ll help you stay hydrated this summer!

Antioxidants

Cucumbers are rich in antioxidants – specifically tannins and flavonoids. These antioxidants help to protect the cells in the body from the impact of oxidative stress, a process that has been linked to several different types of chronic disease, including cancer.

Blood Sugar Control

Cucumbers may help to reduce blood sugar levels. Preliminary testing of cucumbers in animal studies has found that cucumber can effectively help to reduce blood sugar levels, helping people with pre-diabetes or diabetes. Research is still ongoing, but that’s a promising benefit to the cucumber!

They’re Easy to Eat

You can find cucumbers almost anywhere and they’re very easy to grow in a home garden, too. One of the many benefits of cucumbers is how easy they are to add to your diet simply because they’re so readily available. Plus, you can add them to sandwiches and salads or eat them raw. Scoop up some hummus with them or add a little olive oil and salt for a little bit more flavor!

Cucumbers are refreshing and delicious while being low in calories but high in important minerals and vitamins the human body needs to function at its best. Add some cucumbers to your diet this summer to help you feel your best!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aurora, Colo. 

 

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