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Health Benefits - Vitamins and Minerals in Cucumber



Cucumbers are supposed to have originated from India. This unassuming vegetable is a cooling food, very much used in vegetable juices. Little wonder then, that the adage “keeping cool as a cucumber” has originated from this wonderful vegetable. This adage is literally true due to its cooling effect on blood.

Health Benefits of Cucumber
  • Herbalists recommend cucumber juice to reduce puffiness around the eyes and to calm down acne.
  • Because cucumbers, like watermelons, are 95% water, they keep the body hydrated and help regulate the body’s inner temperature.
  • Other studies have shown that cucumbers, when eaten regularly, help to regulate uric acid, so it is great for prevention of certain kidney or bladder stones.
  • Leave the skin on. The skin contains a good amount of vitamin C, about 10% of the daily recommended allowance. If you do like your cucumbers peeled, the skin can be used to relieve sunburn and mild skin irritations, similar to Aloe Vera. 
  • Being rich in minerals, cucumber helps prevent splitting of nails of the fingers and toes.
  • Those suffering from diabetes have been found to benefit from the consumption of cucumber/cucumber juice.
Amount
  • Half a cup of sliced cucumber with skins contains .3 grams fiber.
Protein  -  .34 grams

Calories  8

Minerals Contained
  • Potassium - 76 mg
  • Phosphorus - 12 mg
  • Magnesium - 7 mg
  • Sodium - 1 mg
  • Calcium - 8 mg
  • Iron - 0.15 mg
  • Zinc - 0.1 mg
  • Copper - 0.021 mg
  • Manganese - 0.041 mg
  • Selenium - 0.2 mcg
  • Also contains small amounts of other minerals.
Vitamins Contained
  • Vitamin C - 1.5 mg
  • Niacin - 0.051 mg
  • Vitamin B1 (thiamine) - 0.014 mg
  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) - 0.017 mg
  • Vitamin B6 - 0.021 mg
  • Folate - 4 mcg
  • Pantothenic Acid - 0.135 mg
  • Vitamin A - 55 IU
  • Vitamin K - 8.5 mcg
  • Vitamin E - 0.02 mg
  • Contains some other vitamins in small amounts.

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