Meet The Plant | Cucumber

Apr 11, 2022

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Did you know that cucumber is a part of the gourd family?  Cucumbers are packed with bioavailable nutrients (especially minerals.)  It is traditionally known as a “cool” food which can be helpful to maintain water balance on hot days.

It is another favorite summer snack around here.

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What are cucumbers good for?

Cardiovascular Health (aka Heart Health)
Cucumbers contain a variety of phytoestrogens (plant hormones) that can be helpful in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Water Balance
Cucumbers can be so helpful in supporting the kidney and the heart, thanks to their ability to help balance water in the body.

Digestive Health
Cucumbers contain an enzyme called erepsin that is helpful in breaking down protein.  Cucumber seeds are also known to be antiparasitic and help cleanse the intestines.

Urinary Function
Cucumbers are rich in caffeic which helps prevent water retention.  It also contains nutrients that can be helpful in treating kidney (or bladder) stones.

How to get the most from your cucumbers?

Eat the seeds.  Cucumber seeds are antiparasitic and their diuretic properties make them worth eating,
Eat the skin  A lot of nutrients like silicon, chlorophyll, and bitters are concentrated in the skin.

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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