12 Fun And Surprising Facts About Cucumbers

July 12, 2022

Check out these fun and surprising facts about cucumbers!

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The term "cool as a cucumber" is actually derived from the cucumber's ability to cool the temperature of the blood. Also, when applied topically, cucumber really does cool the blood and ease facial swelling, which is why cucumbers are so popular in facial regimens.

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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.

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Use cucumbers to eliminate bad breath. Take a slice and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds. The phytochemicals will kill the bacteria that are responsible for causing bad breath.

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Stressed? Cucumbers are rich in vitamins, particularly vitamin B complex, which can relax your nervous system. You can also cut up a cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water. The chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber will react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma. In short, cucumbers can help relieve panic attacks and stress-induced anxiety.

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Do you have a problem with your bathroom mirror fogging up after your morning shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror. It will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

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Eat cucumbers to relieve snacking.They're great for curbing hunger. A cup of sliced cucumbers has just 16 calories. That means it has very low "energy density." People who eat more foods with low energy density often find it easier to lose weight.

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Had a few too many drinks? Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost. Eat a few slices before bed and in the morning to avoid a hangover and headache.

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Need a boost of energy? Stay away from sugar-loaded energy drinks! Cucumbers are a great source of B vitamins and carbohydrates that can provide that afternoon pick-me-up that can be just the jolt that you need.

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High blood sugar? Cucumbers have shown some promise, mostly in animal studies, in controlling this problem. Rats that ate more cucumbers made less ROS and ROC. More studies on people are needed to back up these results.

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Cucumbers have a unique set of antioxidants, including flavonoids, lignans, and triterpenes. They not only protect cells but also lessen inflammation that's linked to arthritis and other long-term conditions.

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Cucumbers are great for hydration. The average adult takes in about 3 quarts (12 cups) of water every day. Around a quarter of that typically comes from food. Cucumbers are an excellent source. Each one is about 95% water.

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Cucumber can be used as a cleaner to remove permanent pen off surfaces like tables and glass (see video below).

Sources: WebMD, PA Eats, Andrea G. Espinoza MD (Board Certified Pulmonologist Board Certified LifeStyle Medicine)

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