Friday, December 17, 2010

CUCUMBER

Cucumbers are scientifically known as Cucumber sativus,and belongsto the same family as pumpkin, zucchini, watermelon, and other types of squash. People in hot tropical countries are blessed with these fruity vegetables which keep you cool, and the health benefits are many.

Cucumber can be eaten fresh, in salads, curries, or pickled. It is also used as decorations for dishes. Gherkins, much smaller are a special variety of cucumbers cultivated specially to make pickles.

One cup serving has the following nutrients-

· Vitamin C 9%;

· molybdenum 7.5%;

· Vitamin A 4%;

· Potassium 4%;

· Manganese 4%;

· Folate 3%;

· dietary fibre 3%;

· tryptophan 3%;

· Magnesium 2%;

· Calories 13

Silica in Cucumber: Hair conditioners have silica which helps to fill the crevices of the cuticle damaged from wear and tear, and the use of strong shampoos. Sliced cucumber rubbed on your hair before a bath will give the same benefit.

(Silica is found naturally in the cement that adhere cells together, muscles, tendons, cartilage and bone).

Silica in cucumber is beneficial for the natural cracks of your skin, mainly due to dehydration and exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun which dries your skin. So here is a nature’s product to remedy that condition. Cucumber has 95% water and with its silica component is an excellent natural moisturizer. Cucumber is also beneficial for many topical skin conditions, such as acne black heads, eczema, psoriasis, or any dry skin condition.

It is also an excellent remedy to prevent water retention, due to its ascorbic acid and caffeic acid. It is used for swellings under the eyes, and elsewhere on your skin, due to dermatitis and allergies. These ingredients in cucumber contribute to the cool and soothing properties.

High fibre: Cucumber must be eaten without peeling the skin, as most of the dietary fibre needed for constipation and bowel movements are concentrated in the skin. Over 95% of water content also helps such bowel functions.

The fibre also helps to control the cholesterol levels.

Value of minerals: Potassium in cucumber helps flexibility in smooth muscles and regulates blood pressure Manganese in cucumber promotes functions of nutrients, especially those of thiamine, ascorbic acid and choline to improve their absorption. Magnesium in cucumber relaxes nerves and muscles.

Gastritis: Those who suffer from gastritis and heart burn whilst at sleep must eat plenty of sliced cucumber at night time before retiring to bed. The benefit is un believable, and a good relaxing sleep is assured.

Few calories: Those who are on a restricted diet to reduce weight must eat plenty of cucumber to fill the stomach, to lose hunger pains. Eating slices of iced cucumber every two hours is highly recommended

Cucumbers --

Apparently this information was in The New York Times several weeks ago as part of their "Spotlight on the Home" series that highlighted creative and fanciful ways to solve common problems.

1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinic soda and pick up a cucumber.

Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower?

Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds?
Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long.

The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool?

Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the Phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite.

Works great on wrinkles too!!!

6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache?
Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free.

Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge?

Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don't have enough time to polish your shoes?

Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only
Looks great but also repels water.

9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge?
Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don't have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa?

Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don't have gum or mints?

Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a 'green' way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel?

Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but it won't leave streaks and won't harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake?

Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!


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