Cucumbers are one of the top seven alkaline foods on Earth. Rich in phytonutrients, cucumbers are also super-high water content, hydrating AND reducing water retention. The dark green skin is also chlorophyll-rich, helping build healthy new blood cells and support your body’s detoxification system.
Eating an abundance of antioxidants is incredibly important in protecting your body from oxidative stress and the knock on effects of this – increased risk of heart disease, cancer, hypertension, allergies, digestive issues, chronic fatigue and so much more. Cucumbers are an incredibly unique and abundant source of antioxidants including conventional antioxidant nutrients including vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese as well as the more unique flavonoid antioxidants, including quercetin, apigenin, luteolin, and kaempferol.
Cucurbitacins, a group of compounds are attracting a lot of interest in the medical research community for their cancer-fighting capacity – and cucumber contains all five groups: A, B, C, D and E. Researchers have found that cancer cell survival can be blocked by activity of cucurbitacins. On top of this, cucumbers also contain the important phytonutrients known as lignans. The lignans pinoresinol, lariciresinol, and secoisolariciresinol have all been found in cucumbers. The way these lignans fight cancer is actually though the protective activity they have in our digestive tract, and their ability to bind to oestrogen receptors. This is particularly powerful in the reduction of risk of breast, ovary, uterus, and prostate cancers.
Help Reduce Stress
It is widely known that B vitamins, including B1, B5 and B7 are essential in reducing feeling of anxiety and undo the damage done to the body caused by excess cortisol (from stress). For many people the cause and symptom of excessive stress is adrenal fatigue. Too much stress will bring on adrenal fatigue, and having adrenal fatigue will make it much easier to feel stress and more difficult to let stress and anxiety go. Cucumbers are super supportive of your adrenals. Every pathway that occurs inside the adrenals is supported by B-vitamins and cucumbers contain lots of them, and all of the B’s that are important to your adrenals.
Reduce Pain & Aches
If you suffer from chronic aches and pains, cucumber could be your new best friend. Flavonoids and tannins in cucumbers have both been proven to limit the release of free radicals in the body and to reduce pain. In their 2010 research paper “Free Radical Scavenging and Analgesic Activities of Cucumis sativus (cucumber)”, the researchers compared cucumber extract to the NSAID medication Diclofenac sodium and found the results to be very favourable.