CUCUMBER JUICE (CUCUMIS SATIVUS):
Cucumbers are made up of 95 percent water, making them an ideal hydrating and cooling food. (2)
Cucumber juice comes from cucumber, an edible vegetable. Cucumber belongs to the melon family, which includes the watermelon, squash and zucchini, which means eating them on a hot summer day can help you stay hydrated. (1) (2)
As the fourth-most widely cultivated “vegetable” in the world (cucumbers are technically a fruit), cucumbers are widely available, but seek to get them from a local farmer’s market if you can.
Even better, cucumbers are very easy to grow, even if you only have access to a patio. They thrive in containers (provide they have somewhere to climb on) and produce ample produce from a small number of plants, so you could try your hand at growing them yourself. (15)
Cucumber plants naturally thrive in both temperate and tropical environments, and generally require temperatures between 60-90°F/15-33°C. For this reason, they are native to many regions of the world.
In evolutionary terms, the first cucumbers were likely to have originated in Western Asia (and perhaps more specifically in India) or parts of the Middle East. Cucumbers are mentioned in the legend of Gilgamesh – a Uruk king who lived around 2500 BC in what is now Iraq and Kuwait.
It was approximately 3,300 years later when cucumber cultivation spread to parts of Europe, including France. And it was not until the time of the European colonists that cucumbers finally appeared in North America in the 1500. (23)
FOOD / COOKING:
When you drink fresh – made green juice, it is almost like receiving an intravenous infusion of vitamins, minerals and enzymes because they go straight into your system without having to be broken down. When your body has an abundance of the nutrients it needs, and your pH is optimally balanced, you will feel energized and your immune system will get a boost. (13)
Cucumbers are very low in calories, yet they make a filling snack (one cup of sliced cucumber contains just 16 calories). 8 The soluble fiber in cucumbers dissolves into a gel-like texture in your gut, helping to slow down your digestion. This helps you to feel full longer and is one reason why fiber-rich foods may help with weight control. (11)
If you’re looking for something different, cucumbers make an ideal base for your vegetable juice due to their mild flavor and high water content. In fact, a simple juice of cucumber and celery is ideal for those new to juicing. (12)
Cucumber juice should be consumed within 15-20 minutes of extraction to prevent chemical reactions and loss of nutrients. (20)
MEDICINE / HEALTH:
Cucumber juice provides the body with a whole slew of minerals, hormones and compounds to fight disease. Silica helps to promote healthy joints, keeping you mobile for longer in life. Potassium and magnesium help to regulate blood pressure, protecting you from high and low readings. Meanwhile, the trifecta of lariciresinol, pinoresinol and secoisolariciresinol lignans reduce your risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancers. (7)
Because of their high water content, cucumbers boost your body’s hydration, flushing toxins, cooling the body, aiding in weight loss and assisting in digestion. (6)
Cucumbers contain multiple B vitamins, including vitamin B1, vitamin B5 and vitamin B7 (biotin). B vitamins are known to help ease feelings of anxiety and buffer some of the damaging effects of stress. (10)
B vitamin deficiencies often present themselves in the form of fatigue, irritability and poor concentration. Ensuring your body is in good supply of these vitamins helps to alleviate the likelihood of such symptoms, making that morning caffeine fix so passe. (8)
Drinking cucumber juice helps you reach your recommended daily intake of vitamin K. This vitamin helps you build strong bone tissue and nourishes your kidneys. It also plays an important role in blood clotting – it activates proteins that trigger blood coagulation, so that you can stop bleeding after suffering tissue damage. Consuming cucumber juice helps to fight the effects of vitamin K deficiency, which can include nosebleeds, bruising and bleeding gums. (16)
Cucumber juice serves as a vegan – friendly source of calcium, an essential mineral. Hydroxyapatite, the mineral tissue that adds strength to your teeth and bones, contains calcium, and getting enough calcium helps retain your bone density. (17)
Placing a cucumber slice on the roof of your mouth may help to rid your mouth of odor – causing bacteria. According to the principles of Ayurveda, eating cucumbers may also help to release excess heat in your stomach, which is said to be a primary cause of bad breath. (9)
Cucumber juice is required by the cells of the exocrine gland for manufacturing hypoglycemic agent which is found to be helpful for diabetic patients. Researchers have found that a compound referred to as sterols in cucumbers can cut back steroid alcohol levels. Cucumber contains lots of potassium and fibers. This works effectively for maintaining regular vital signs. This makes cucumbers a good choice for treating low and high vital signs. (19)
Cucumber juice is also beneficial for people with teeth and gums problems, especially in cases of pyorrhea. Cucumber is a good source of dietary fiber and this fiber massage in the teeth and gums. (22)
Cucumber juice is slightly mild laxative.
BEAUTY / COSMETICS:
The fruit juice of this plant is used as a nutritive and as a demulcent in anti – acne lotions. (14)
The sulfur content in cucumbers facilitates to stimulate hair growth. (18)
If you don’t like to drink juice, it can be used for skin irritations and sunburns as aloe would be used. Place a slice over puffy eyes and its anti – inflammatory properties help reduce puffiness. (21)