Originating in India, the cucumbers are a fruit most commonly used for salads and snacks. What people may not know, is that the fruit may be used for skin-, health-, and beauty-care because of its vitamins and minerals. For instance, it’s vitamins both C and K, beta-carotene, and manganese can be used to help skin and hair.

Cucumbers for Eating

While cucumbers are commonly eaten throughout the globe, many are not fully aware of its benefits. Cucumbers are 95% water, which makes them ideal for hydration and cooling. Cucumbers also contain fisetin which is an anti-inflammatory flavonoid that may be important to your brain’s health. Studies have suggested that increasing the consumption of plant foods like cucumbers decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease while promoting a healthy complexion, causing increased energy, and overall lower weight. Low intake of vitamin K has been associated with a higher risk for bone fracture. Adequate vitamin K consumption can be achieved by eating a proper intake of fruits and vegetables (one cup of cucumber provides 11 percent of your daily needs) and is essential for improving calcium absorption which is vital for optimal bone health. Cucumbers contain polyphenols called lignans, which can help to lower your risk of breast, uterine ovarian, and prostate cancers. Cucumbers are an excellent source of B vitamins. They are also low on calories but rich in fiber which makes them great for snacking on instead of junk food. Cucumbers are even great for dogs and cats!

Cucumbers for Skin-Care

Cucumbers can also help ease dark circles because of the aforementioned cooling properties along with the antioxidants and silica present in cucumber which can help rejuvenate the skin. It can also restore and even out your skin complexion, as well as being beneficial for firming and tightening skin. This is because of potassium and manganese which reside in cucumbers. The juice can relieve the oiliness of the skin and in turn, help rid your skin of blemishes and acne. The juice due to its substantial water content (95%) can also moisturize your skin and could be natural replacement to creamers. It also contains antioxidants and resolves inflammation on the skin smoothly and it can help lighten the skin and relieve it from clogged pores and excessive oil. Cucumbers are also a natural bleaching agent which makes them useful for reducing scars and skin tan removal.

Cucumbers for Hair

Because cucumbers are high in silica, sulfur, and vitamin A they can help keep healthy hair growth and leave you with a shiny, silky texture while preventing hair loss and hair thinning when the juice is applied directly to the scalp and hair. A suggestion from Livestrong.com is to “Massage the scalp with oil extracted from cucumber seeds through the process of cold-pressing, which preserves the nutritious properties. Some hair thinning and loss can be due to dryness of the scalp, and the oil contains hydrating and restorative nutrients, such as tocopherols and phytosterols.”

How Add Cucumbers to Your Diet

Cucumbers can be delicious in salads, and sandwiches while being a great snack food.

By Sarah Roach