The Superfood Series: Cucumbers
Did you know cucumbers are considered a superfood?
What exactly does it take for a food to be adorned the title “superfood”? Well, superfoods are natural foods that have an array of nutrients that synergistically work to together to exponentially expand the individual nutritional components.
Cucumbers are the 4th most cultivated vegetable in the world. They are in the same botanical family as melons and squashes. They are considered one of the absolute best foods for the health of the skin, joints, liver, and kidneys. Below are great facts about cucumbers.
- They are also a natural energy tonic with their rich array of phytonutrients and electrolytes.
- Cucumbers are loaded with the mineral silica, which is an essential component for healthy connective tissue (muscles, ligaments, cartilage, bone, & skin).
- It is also full of ionic potassium, magnesium, and vitamin C which give it a powerful alkalizing effect within the body.
- Cucumbers are particularly rich in fluids that hydrate the skin, joints, and tissues.
- Cucumbers also contain the triterpene phytonutrients cucurbitacins A, B, C, D, and E. These phytonutrients have been the major focus of some extensive research looking deeply into their abilities to inhibit cancer cell signaling pathways.
- Fresh cucumbers have been shown to improve anti-oxidant levels within the body and inhibit pro-inflammatory substances such as COX-2 and nitric oxide.
- The combination of alkalizing elements, electrolytes, and fluids make it one of the world’s best foods for enhancing energy levels
- Cucumbers are also great for stabilizing blood pressure and stimulating the body’s natural detoxification process
Keep in mind cucumbers are typically highly sprayed with pesticides so it is necessary to get organic varieties. If conventional is the only option it is best to scrape off the green skin rather than washing. Many of the chemicals are waxy and do not come off easy with washing.
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