Incredible Healing Powers of Cucumbers

Feb. 5, 2018; by Briana McDonald- Staff Writer ( The chemical make up of the human body is a lot like the soil that we grow plants in. For our bodies to grow and heal, our chemical make up has to be full of balanced nutrients just as the soil needs balanced nutrients for a plant to grow beautiful and healthy. Nutrition research has shown us that we can change the chemistry of our bodies to improve metabolism and encourage healing throughout our lives. As a matter of fact, every single time you eat, every day at every meal, you are changing your body’s internal chemistry for the better or for the worse. Food will either promote healing or do the opposite. Today we are going to shed some light on the incredible healing powers of cucumbers and some reasons why it’s important to include them as part of a nutritionally balanced diet.


Reduces Inflammation and Provides Pain Relief

Diet is more powerful in preventing the common diseases than either drugs or medical care. It also influences the amount of pain we are experiencing on a day to day basis. (1) Cucumbers are especially helpful in balancing inflammation which will reduce pain experienced in the body. Inflammation is our immune system’s response to substances that may harm us such as bacteria, viruses, and damaged cells. Short term inflammation is necessary at times for the healing process, but long term, chronic inflammation in the body will lead to a host of illnesses so it is critically important to incorporate foods and nutrients that reduce inflammation and the number of free radicals and leave the healing part of the inflammatory process intact.
Cucumbers help to “cool” the inflammatory response in your body and animals studies have shown that the cucumber extract helps reduce unwanted inflammation by inhibiting the activity of pro-inflammatory enzymes including cyclo-oxygenase 2, or COX-2) (2)
Powerful Antioxidants
Cucumbers have many antioxidants including vitamin C and beta-carotene. Cucumbers also contain antioxidant flavonoids such as quercetin, apigenin, luteolin, and kaempferol which are known to help fight cancer and lower risks of chronic diseases such as heart disease. (3)
Anxiety Relief
Cucumbers are chock full of B vitamins such as vitamin B1, B5 AND B7 (biotin). These vitamins are known to help ease feelings of anxiety and buffer some of the damaging effects of stress. Also, one-half cup serving of cucumber slices supplies 2% of your daily magnesium and potassium needs. Magnesium is soothing to the nervous system and is also a powerful anti-inflammatory. Upping your intake of magnesium is shown to have many mood boosting benefits and helps to provide relief from pain and anxiety.
Digestive Healing
Because cucumbers are full of water and fiber they are optimal for healing the digestive system. Adding cucumbers to your salad or smoothie can help you meet the idea amount of fiber your body needs per day. The skins of cucumber contain insoluble fiber which helps food to move through your digestive tract quicker for healthy elimination.
Go for the un-waxed, Organic Cucumbers. Yes, they are worth it.
Cucumbers were ranked the 12th most contaminated food and the second in cancer risk due to their pesticide content according to the Environmental Working Group. (4) To make matters worse the wax that is applied to withstand the long journey to the market is supposed to be food grade and safe however there are several types used:

  • Carnauba wax (from the carnabuba palm tree)
  • Beeswax
  • Shellac (from the lac beetle)
  • Petroleum-based waxes

Natural waxes are always preferable to the petroleum based waxes but when buying non organic there is no way to know for sure which type is used. Produce coated with wax is not labeled but organic produce will not contain petroleum based wax coatings at all so it is always the safer option.


 Briana MacDonald- Natural Health Writer

Briana McDonald-natural health writer is a Staff Writer of the Silver Bulletin e-News Magazine (Utopia Silver Supplements). She does website ad designing for the company as well as free-lance health article writing.



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