We’ve all heard that cucumber is good for over the eyes, but why?
Cucumbers are actually beneficial for overall health, especially during the summer since they are mostly made of water and important nutrients that are essential for the human body. The flesh of cucumbers is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and folic acid, while the hard skin is rich in fiber and a range of minerals including magnesium, molybdenum, and potassium.
Cucumber also contains silica, a trace mineral that contributes to strengthening of our connective tissues. They are known to heal many skin problems, under eye swelling, and even sunburn. Cucumbers also contain ascorbic and caffeic acids which prevent water loss, therefore they are frequently applied topically to burns and dermatitis.
Cucumber seeds contain a wide variety of phytonutrients (plant chemicals that have protective or disease preventive properties) such as flavonoids, which have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits, according to the World’s Healthiest Foods.
In one recent study, a small group of participants with mildly elevated blood fats consumed dried cucumber seed extracts on a daily basis over a period of six weeks. Results from this study included a variety of positive outcomes. Participants experienced decreased total cholesterol, decreased LDL cholesterol, decreased triglycerides, and increased HDL cholesterol. Of course, eating fresh cucumbers with their seeds intact is different than consuming dried cucumber seed extract. However, since the study participants consumed 500 milligrams of dried cucumber seed extract during the study, and since a dried cucumber seed (mature and large in size) weighs approximately 25 milligrams, we’re talking about the equivalent of a relatively small number of seeds.
The anti-inflammatory compounds in cucumbers help remove waste from the body and reduce skin irritation, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Preliminary research also suggests cucumbers promote anti-wrinkling and anti-aging activity, according to an article in the journal Filoterapia.
As we all know Cucumber can also be used directly on the skin….so why should you be trying this? Here are just a few reasons and some tips on how to use them.
- Revitalizes and rejuvenates Skin
- Reverses Skin Tanning
- Controls Puffiness Of The Eyes
- Helps Soothe Sunburn
- Rejuvenates Skin
- Treats Open Pores
- Fights Cellulite
- Reduces Dark Circles
- Treats Blemishes
- Reduces Eye Wrinkles
- Removing Excess Water