(NaturalNews) Cucumbers are the fourth most cultivated vegetable in the world and known to be one of the best foods for your body's overall health, often referred to as a superfood. Cucumbers are often sprayed with pesticides so it is important to buy organic or even better, grow them yourself.
Here are 10 Benefits of cucumbers:
1.Quick pick me-up - Cucumbers are a good source of B vitamins. Put down your sodas and coffee and eat a cucumber slice.
2.Rehydrates body and replenishes daily vitamins - Cucumbers are 95 percent water, keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins. Cucumbers have most of the vitamins the body needs in a single day. Don't forget to leave the skin on because the skin contains a good amount of vitamin C, about 10 percent of the daily-recommended allowance.
3.Skin and hair care - If you don't like to eat the skin, 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. The silicon and sulfur in cucumbers help to stimulate hair growth.
4.Fight cancers - Cucumber are known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol. These three lignans have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of several cancer types,including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and prostate cancer.
5.Home care - Eliminates a foggy mirror. Before taking a shower, rub a cucumber slice along a mirror and it will eliminate the mirror fogging up. Instead of WD40, take a cucumber slice and rub it along a squeaky hinge and your door will stop squeaking.
6.Relieves bad breath - Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.
7.Hangover cure - To avoid a morning hangover or headache; eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish many essential nutrients, reducing the intensity of both hangover and headache.
8.Aids in weight loss and digestion - Due to its low calorie and high water content, cucumber is an ideal diet for people who are looking for weight loss. The high water content and dietary fiber incucumbers  are very effective in ridding the body of toxins from the digestive system, aiding digestion. Daily consumption of cucumbers can be regarded as a remedy for chronic constipation.
9.Cures diabetes, reduces cholesterol and controls blood pressure - Cucumber juice contains a hormone which is needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin which has been found to be beneficial to diabetic patients. Researchers found that a compound called sterols in cucumbers may help reduce cholesterol levels. Cucumbers contain a lot of potassium, magnesium and fiber. These work effectively for regulating blood pressure. This makes cucumbers good for treating both low blood pressure and high blood pressure.
10.Promotes joint health, relieves gout and arthritis pain -Cucumber is an excellent source of silica, which is known to help promotes joint health by strengthening the connective tissues. They are also rich in vitamin A, B1, B6, C & D, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium. When mixed with carrot juice, they can relieve gout and arthritis pain by lowering the uric acid levels
Nutritional Value & Calories In Cucumber
Amount : 1 cup
Total Weight : 133 g
Nutrients Amount
Basic Components
Proteins 825 mg
Water 126 g
Ash 0.5 g
Phytosterols 19 mg
Total Calories 18
Calories From Carbohydrate  17
Calories From Fat 1.2
Calories From Protein 2.1
Total Carbohydrates 3.9 g
Dietary Fiber 798 mg
Starch 605 mg
Sugar 2 g
Fats & Fatty Acids
Total Fat 180 mg
Saturated Fat 33 mg
Monounsaturated Fat 4.7 mg
Polyunsaturated Fat 23 mg
Omega-3 Fatty Acids 4.7 mg
Omega-6 Fatty Acids 20 mg
Vitamin A 118 IU
Vitamin C 4 mg
Vitamin E 40 mcg
Vitamin K 16 mcg
Thiamin 39 mcg
Riboflavin 39 mcg
Niacin 90 mg
Vitamin B6 61 mcg
Folate 14 mcg
Pantothenic Acid 332 mcg
Choline 8 mg
Betaine 0.13 mg
Calcium 20 mg
Iron 333 mcg
Magnesium 17 mg
Phosphorus 30 mg
Potassium 188 mg
Sodium 2.7 mg
Zinc 246 mcg
Copper 74 mcg
Manganese 101 mcg
Selenium 0.27 mcg
Fluoride 1.7 mcg