Sunday, August 10, 2008

Cucumber’s Health benefits


For Cucumber there is a great saying which “As cool as a Cucumber” and for a reason because cucumber is a coolant vegetable it helps to remove excess heat form the body and makes our body cool.

Cucumber’s Health Benefits

Cucumber juice : Cucumber’s juice can be extracted and used for many things like

Health drink : Mix Sweet lime juice with cucumber juice and have this health drink for glowing skin. This health drink also aids digestion.

Dark Circles and Eye Bags : Dab cotton with cucumber juice and leave it on the eyes for 20 minutes and you will see instant results. For best results use chilled cucumber juice.

Face Mask : Cucumber juice is one the best to remove blemishes and spots. It also helps to remove natural tan.

Salads : Just by adding cucumber to your salad not only you have filled your nutrient quota but also satisfies our craving to have something crunchier and juicer.

Diuretic properties : The cucumber is a natural diuretic which is used in the fitness world by bodybuilders and people trying to cut fat as it detoxifies our body from the toxins.

Cucumber, with peel, raw Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz) Energy 20 kcal 70 kJ 
Carbohydrates  3.63 g
- Sugars 1.67 g 
- Dietary fiber 0.5 g  
Fat 0.11 g
Protein 0.65 g
Thiamin (Vit. B1) 0.027 mg  2%
Riboflavin (Vit. B2) 0.033 mg  2%
Niacin (Vit. B3) 0.098 mg  1%
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.259 mg 5%
Vitamin B6 0.040 mg 3%
Folate (Vit. B9) 7 μg 2%
Vitamin C 2.8 mg 5%
Calcium 16 mg 2%
Iron 0.28 mg 2%
Magnesium 13 mg 4% 
Phosphorus 24 mg 3%
Potassium 147 mg  3%
Zinc 0.20 mg 2%
Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient database 

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