Cucumber, Its Nutritional and Medicinal Value and Health Benefits

Cucumbers are made up of 95 percent water, naturally low in calories, fat, cholesterol and sodium. Its a good sources of phytonutrients such as flavonoids, lignans & triterpenes which has antioxidant, anti inflammatory and anti- cancer properties.Vitamin K in cucumbers is essential in the blood clotting process.By inhibiting activity of pro-inflammatory enzymes cox-2 it helps to control inflammation. It contains fisetin which helps to protect brain. Cucumber freshen breath and helps to control oil secretion and acne.
Cucumber, with peel, raw nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz) :- 

Energy 65 kJ (16 kcal), Carbohydrates 3.63 gm, Sugars 1.67 gm, Fat 0.11 gm, Protein 0.65 gm, Dietary fiber 0.5 gm,

Vitamins :- Thiamine (B1) 0.027 mg, Riboflavin (B2) 0.033 mg, Niacin (B3) 0.098 mg, Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.259 mg, Vitamin B6 0.04 mg, Folate (B9) 7 μg, Vitamin C 2.8 mg, Vitamin K 16.4 μg.

Minerals :- Calcium 16 mg, Iron 0.28 mg, Magnesium 13 mg, Manganese  0.079 mg, Phosphorus 24 mg, Potassium 147 mg, Sodium 2 mg, Zinc 0.2 mg, Fluoride 1.3 µg, Water 95.23 gm.

Health Benefits :-

*Due to low in calories and high in fiber, which makes them useful for both weight loss and digestive health.
*Cucumber is beneficial for stronger healthy hair.
*Cucumber has diuretic properties so it is able to prevent formation of kidney stones. Cucumbers counter the effects of uric acid, which prevents arthritis and gout.
* American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that low vitamin K levels were associated with low bone density in women, Another study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 1999 found that low intakes of vitamin K were associated with an increased risk of hip fractures in middle-age women. Vitamin K of cucumber can play important role for better bone health. 
*Cucumber juice is ideal for your routine hair care regime for shiny and silky texture.

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