(NaturalHealth365) Cucumbers healing abilities are underestimated. This is a plant that belongs to the gourd family, which includes watermelons, cantaloupes, pumpkins, zucchini and other types of squash. All of these are known for their health-giving properties. The simple truth is cucumbers are one of the most underrated vegetables.
Cucumbers are the fourth most widely cultivated vegetable in the world. Cucumbers are commercially divided into two types: slicing cucumbers and pickling cucumbers. Cucumbers grow in both temperate and tropical environments, requiring temperatures in the range of 60-90 degrees.
The cucumber is thought to have originated in Western Asia and/or parts of the Middle East. The cucumber was brought to America in the 1500’s by the European settlers.
Most of the year Florida and California provide the country with cucumbers. In the winter cucumbers from Mexico are found in groceries. Their uses are so diverse that they find their way into all types of cuisine.
The long, dark green and smooth-skinned cucumbers are the ones most consumers are familiar with. They also come in a variety of colors, sizes, shapes and textures. There are white, yellow, and orange ones. The sizes vary from short, oval, and round. The skins can be thick and rough. Technically cucumbers are fruit, and culinary are considered vegetables.
Genetic manipulation isn’t responsible for the seedless varieties of cucumbers. Though a process called parthenogenesis, cucumber plants can fruit without pollen.
Cucumbers Anti-Cancer Components
According to a study published in “Scientific World Journal,” researchers found that cucurbitacins, a type of triterpene unique to cucumbers, can block cell signaling pathways that cause cancer to spread. A different study found in the journal “Cancer Research” reported that cucurbitacin protects against pancreatic cancer.
Cucumbers have some other anticancer components such as fisetin, lutein, and caffeic acid. Fisetin, a flavonoid has been shown to reduce prostate cancer cells in the laboratory. In China cucumber consumption has been found to lower the risk of lung cancer in tin miners.
Cucumbers break the rules; they are not considered high in nutrients compared to some of the highly rated recommended vegetables. They contain some vitamin C, B, A, D, and E, but are really known for their high water content and low calories. Cucumbers have some antioxidant activities, but these are low compared to those of intensely colored vegetables.
The cucumber healing abilities are under-rated. The skin of the cucumber is a source of dietary fiber and minerals such as potassium, magnesium and molybdenum. They are a rich source of triterpene, phytonutrients called cucurbitacins. Scientists have concluded that several different pathways required for cancer to develop are blocked by cucurbitancins.
Cucumber is used for detoxification; the high water content makes cucumbers perfect for this purpose. It increases urination, which in turn helps eliminate and neutralizes toxins. Both the water and potassium in cucumbers also removes excess uric acid and metabolic toxins through the kidneys.
Nature provides the most concentrated sources of nutrition. Cucumbers fit the bill with its ability to detoxify and supporting a healthy immune system.
About the author Blanche has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in Natural Healing including Naturopaths, Scientist, and Energy Healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.