Cucumber (Cucumis sitivus) is one of the oldest cultivated vegetables on the planet. It is believed that its origins began in the northern plains of India.
The cucumber is related to the zucchini, the squash and the pumpkin.
This low calorie vegetable has a high water content (An average of ninety five percent); which makes it ideal for keeping our body hydrated and also in regulating our body’s inner temperature.
Some of us have seen people wearing cucumber slices on their eyelids at home and in beauty-parlours; the reason being: it works quite well in reducing puffiness around the eyes.
Cucumber is also a high source of fiber.
It is effective in relieving heartburn and indigestion.
The magnesium and potassium that cucumber contains does its part in lowering one’s blood pressure.
Cucumbers eaten regularly can assist in the prevention of kidney and bladder stones.
The nutritional content of cucumber comprises of: Silica, vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, magnesium, manganese, folate, molybdenum, tryptophan and dietary fiber.