Cucumber is a fruit that came from the same family as pumpkin, zucchini and other squashes. It has a dark green rind and white succulent flesh. There are 2 types of cucumbers the pickling varieties and the slicing varieties. The pickling variety is relatively small (2 – 4 inches long).
Nutritive Values : Per 100 gm.
Vitamin A 180 I.U.
Vitamin C 9 mg.
Calcium 32 mg.
Iron 1.8 mg.
Phosphorus 27 mg.
Potassium 80 mg.
Carbohydrates 17 gm.
Reported Health Benefits :
Cucumber is best natural diuretic known, secreting and promoting the flow of urine.
Helps in kidney and urinary bladder disease.
The potassium content of cucumber makes it highly useful for conditions of high and low blood pressure.
Cucumber contains erepsin, the enzyme that helps to digest protein.
The high silicon and sulphur content of the cucumber is said to promote the growth of hair, especially when the juice of the cucumber is added to the juice of carrot, lettuce and spinach.
A mixture of cucumber juice with carrot juice is said to be beneficial for rheumatic conditions resulting from excessive uric acid in the body.
Cucumber juice is also valuable for helping diseases of the teeth, gums, especially in cases of pyorrhea.
The high mineral content of this vegetable also helps to prevent splitting of nails of the fingers and toes.
Cucumber, radish and bitter gourd are beneficial in diabetes.
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