Benefits of Cucumber on Skin, Hair and Health

benefits of CUCUMBER

The greatest of health benefits of  cucumber is revitalization of the skin. We also appreciate the tasty salads in which cucumbers are the central ingredients. Cucumbers belong to the family of the pumpkins and the zucchinis. Peeling of the dark green skin reveals a light green fleshy part. Cucumbers appear in two varieties, the pickling and the slicing ones. The pickling variety has a smaller size and measures about 2 to 4 inches in length. We even know that benefits of cucumber includes cooling effect and so they are used in soothing the eyes. But have we ever tried to study the special nutrients present in cucumber which actually contribute to this function?

Benefits of Cucumber are due to its following nutrients:

  • Dietary fiber
  • Folate
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B2
  • Calcium
  • Protein
  • Fat
  • Carbohydrates
  • Iron
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Sugars
  • Vitamin B3
  • Vitamin B5
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc
  • Silica
  • Manganese

These nutrients attribute to numerous health benefits of cucumber. Let us explore the health areas that benefit with the consumption of cucumbers:

Benefits of  Cucumber 

  • Skin care: Cucumber has diuretic, cooling and cleansing effects. These effects are beneficial for the skin. The high water content, Vitamins A, B and C and the presence of minerals like magnesium, potassium, manganese and silica make cucumbers an essential part of skin care. Facial masks containing cucumber juice are beneficial for skin tightening. Ascorbic acid and caffeic acid present in cucumbers can bring down the water retention rate, which in turn diminishes the swelling and puffiness around the eyes. Another benefit of cucumber slices is that it can bring relief to skin affected by sunburn or wind burn.
  • Digestion: Digestive problems like heartburn, acidity, gastritis and even ulcers can be cured by the daily consumption of fresh cucumber juice. These benefits of cucumber are from dietary fibers which drive away the toxins from the digestive system and hence promote the digestive process. Daily consumption of cucumbers can be regarded as a remedy for constipation.
  • Joint health: Silica, present in cucumbers, promotes joint health by strengthening the connective tissues.
  • Protein digestion: Cucumber contains an enzyme called Erepsin which aids in the digestion of proteins.
  • Blood pressure: Potassium, magnesium and fiber present in cucumber aid in the maintenance of normal blood pressure levels.
  • Tapeworm elimination: A lesser known but much effective benefit of cucumber is attributed to its seeds. Cucumber seeds are considered as natural remedies to eliminate tapeworms from the intestinal tract. The seeds are also known for their anti-inflammatory properties which have been found effective in the treatment of swellings of the mucous membranes of the nose and the throat.
  • Nail care: Cucumber, rich in silica, can prevent splitting and spoiling of the nails of the fingers and the toes.
  • Gout and arthritis: Cucumber juice is rich in vitamins A, B1, B6, C and D, Folate, Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium. This juice mixed with carrot juice can provide relief to gout patients by lowering uric levels.
  • Teeth and gums: Teeth and gum diseases especially pyorrhea can be treated effectively with cucumber juice. Raw foods like cucumber are rich in dietary fiber. Raw foods also increase salivation and this again brings a neutralization of the acids and the alkalis within the oral cavity.
  • Diabetes: The juice has been found to be beneficial for the diabetic patients. This can be attributed to the presence of manganese which assist in the synthesis of natural insulin.
  • Kidney care: Another lesser known benefit of cucumber is that it displays healing attributes in relation to the diseases of the urinary bladder and the kidney. The water content of cucumbers aids in the functions of the kidney by promoting urination. In fact, cucumber is the best natural diuretic.
  • Hair growth: Cucumber juices containing silica, when added to the juices of the carrots, spinach and lettuce, promote the growth of hair. Silica is present in the connective tissues of the body. It promotes hair growth and a diet rich in silica results in glossy hair and healthy bones.

You may now savor salads garnished with cucumbers more than what you used to do before! If some you were just having cucumbers out of compulsion and based on your dieticians’ instructions, then consider relishing cucumbers with various delicious salad dishes. Form your own recipes to avail the numerous benefits of cucumber!

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  1. mercy says

    wonderful. But i also need help coz my face got burnt with milk tea at 1yr old. upto now i am 25 but the burns not yet. i want them off plz help.thnx in advance.

  2. Ahsan says

    helo payal i am Ahsan and i am 23 years old and i am having the problem of hairfaal do suggest me any thing natural diet or any thing

    • says

      Hey Ahsan.

      Thank you for reading at Dietburrp. You can eat some biotin and protein rich foods for getting over your hair fall problem . foods like – salmon, tuna, liver, mushrooms, blueberries, avocado, peanut butter, cheese, Swiss chard, sunflower seeds etc are good sources.

  3. Jassi says

    Hi there my name is jassi I’m 29 y my weight is 78 kg I want loose 20 kg pls help me for that my number is 0015749687056

  4. Joy walison says

    I want to thank you so much for this article,i mean it has helped me alot,now i know the benefits of cucumber and how i can use it for facial treatment especially sunburn thanks alot.

    • says

      Hi Jou , you can grate it and strain the water, use this water as a face mask , or with any other face mask. You can also wash your face with it.

  5. Dorian says

    unlike others, i want to put on weight… i’m 19 years old, height’s about 5 feet 7 inches and weigh about 99 lbs… i’m to skinny for my age and i cant go to the gym regularly.. any advise?? thanks!! ^_^

  6. priya says

    Hi Payal,

    A very nice article on cucumber.. All I knew is its good for skin and balances pH.. Never knew its good Fo diabeties, arthritis, kidney and other major health issues..

    Appreciate as Its very informative .


  7. timber says

    i have dark circle
    its not dark more than before
    because me daliy use cucumbr and carret juice
    and also milk ni night before go to bed
    can u tell me more effective tip plz

    • says

      Hi Timber,

      Thanks for reading at Dietburrp. You can use cucumber , raw potato slices can be rubbed in this area. It helps in bleaching. Also take 7 hours sleep. Undereyes circles are more prominent when you do nat take complete rest and are under stree. I have observed that if you complete a 7 hours sleep, drink lots and lots of water and other fluids and meditate to relieve stress, under eye circles vanish without having to apply anything externally.

    • says

      Hi sonali,

      Thank you for reading at DietBurrp and complimenting us. For hairfall, It can be for various reasons. If it malnutrition related, you need to include more of protein , bioteen. if you are a non vegetarian, include more of egg whites, fish and lean meats in your food. vegetarian sources include – milk , curd , sprouts, mung dal , soyabean and other legumes.

  8. sandeep says

    hi Payal,
    I m 40+,76kg,working in bank
    How can i loose weight inspite of sedentary lifestyle?
    What r d things I need to stick to ,becoz I hardly get time
    for gym n all that.I ve bronchitis too,so abit worried n
    want to b fit by maintaining gd diet.

    • says

      Hi rose,

      Thanks a ton. we too are happy to get enthusiastic readers like you. for cracked heels you can use the very old indian home remedy. use organic wax, heat it up and mix coconut oil and kapoor (camphor) and let it cool down, it woundt be very hard as it was before you melted . and will take a softer , cream like consistensy. you can fill up this mix in your cracked heel every night before you sleep and it will heel your cracked heels within a week. :) enjoy reading at dietburrp.

    • says

      Hi Ginj,

      Thank you for reading at DietBurrp. You can lose weight without giving up on your favorite foods. just change the method of cooking and choose brown / red rice instead of regular white rice and use lean white meats and fishes instead of red meats.

    • says

      Hi ,
      For a Clean face you need to eat clean diet. decreasing the intake of oil in your food and eating more of raw vegetables and fruits will help ,drink more water and fruit juice and other liquid .also do not rely on medicines they work only temporarily .to permanent clean skin you need to change your life style have lemon water this will not only your treat your pimples but also get a lovely glow on your skin. around 10 glasses of water every day is very helpful. you need to have clean bowels too. make sure you are not constipated and get rid of dandruff if any. eat more protein food

    • says

      Hi Anita ,

      Cucumber is high in fiber and water content. eating a cucumber each time before your meal will help you by curbing your appetite. it will make you feel full early and you can avail the above mentioned benefits too. If you would have closely observed, people who are on a weight loss diet often face skin problems. dryness, roughness and wrinkles too. cucumber will help you take care of these problems while you are achieving your dream body.

      You can read to know more about weight loss

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