Top Health benefits of  cucumber. 
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Top Health benefits of cucumber. 

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Ms Aaliya Masoodi

1. Promotes high level of hydration: 

If you feel the urge to drink water continuously, it should be understood as dehydration and the thought of drinking yet another glass of water turns you off, it’s important to know cucumbers are an excellent substitute to increase your water intake. 

Single care mentions, “A cucumber has a water content of 95%, meaning you are taking in a lot of water with each one,” says Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, an inclusive plant-based dietitian in Stamford, Connecticut, and owner of Plant Based with Amy. “This helps with hydration—which is important for so many body processes and can also help prevent headaches.”

2. It fills you up:

The key to being truly pleased after a snack or meal? Eating foods with a combination of fiber and protein, both of which cucumber has in spades. Per Gorin, a half cup of cucumber gives you two grams of protein and two grams of fiber to keep you feeling fuller for longer. 

Cucumber’s satiating ability can even help you with weight loss or maintaining a healthy weight. This low-calorie vegetable helps you fill up because it is loaded with fluid and fiber (but not a bunch of other stuff, like fat, sodium, carbs, and sugar). 

3. It is anti-inflammatory:

Cucumbers are full of antioxidants, like lignans, and minerals, such as potassium and magnesium, that can have anti-inflammatory effects on your body when you eat enough of them. 

Cucumber’s anti-inflammatory processes may be so strong, some experts are exploring the role of cucurbitacins (chemical compounds found in the cucumber family) in reducing your risk of cancer cells, per a 2013 article in the International Journal of Health Sciences, as Single care mentions. 

4. It can depuff your eyes: 

In addition to providing anti-inflammatory effects inside your body when you eat them, you can soak up those effects on the outside, too. Cucumber on the eyes acts work. They can help with redness, puffiness, and irritability.

5. Cucumbers might increase your libido:

According to the Produce for Better Health Foundation, cucumbers are an aphrodisiac; the vitamin C and manganese in these green veggies are known for increasing both your energy and your sex drive. Not only that, vitamin C can increase your circulation and blood flow, which can help men with erectile dysfunction.

Single care mentions Cucumbers contain a compound called L-citrulline, which has been linked (in a small 2011 study) to an improvement in erectile dysfunction symptoms in some men. They are also rich in vitamin A, which is important for your immune system as well as for the production of testosterone.

6. They can make your skin glow.

Similar to the benefits of putting cucumber on your eyes, you could start making a DIY skin mask out of cucumber to rehydrate your skin with antioxidants and leave it looking younger and fresher. Researchers suggest that cucumbers have cleansing properties that could be especially beneficial for the skin and that it’s also a soothing, cooling antidote to summer sunburn. 

If you don’t want to put effort into making fancy skincare, simply freeze a bar of cucumber and massage your face with it twice a day after properly cleansing your face. 

7. Cucumbers can regulate your digestion:

Staying hydrated helps with the regularity of your bowel because more water means you won’t have to worry about constipation. 

8. They are good for your blood sugar.

According to Single care, Cucumbers are super low in sugar and carbohydrates, meaning they have a low glycemic index and are safe for people with diabetes to eat without worrying about spikes in blood sugar. And while there haven’t been real studies on humans regarding a connection between cucumbers and diabetes, several animal studies—like this one from 2011 and this one from 2014—suggest cucumbers may be able to lower blood sugar levels and possibly play a role in managing diabetes. 

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