Cucumbers are a staple of the juicing world (it’s a “juicing base” just like carrots, apples, and celery).  Every cucumber is full of juice just waiting to be released to refresh you! 

But, just why are they so wonderfully cooling, soothing, refreshing and delicious? 

CUCUMBERS ARE RICH IN SKIN- AND BONE-BUILDING SILICON

Found mostly in cucumber skin (so it’s super important to also juice the skin), digestible silicon is known as one of the look-good-naked vitamins. It works to restore collagen, and makes for youthful, toned, resilient-looking skin.  Silicon smooths and flattens wrinkles, thickens your hair, strengthens your nails, improves your connective tissues (including ligaments), and helps lengthen muscles without injury – so it promotes flexibility and safe high-intensity workouts (perfect for post-yoga workouts). From head to toe – cucumbers have got you covered.

For years, we’ve been told to drink our milk to get calcium for strong bones.  Now evidence is mounting that your body makes bones when calcium is combined with both magnesium and silica.  

Cucumbers are also anti-inflammatory, which is one reason why you see them placed on the eyes during beauty treatments to treat puffiness, or sliced up in spa waters to increase hydration. LiveStrong writes, “[the cucumber] packs vitamin C and caffeic acid, both of which soothe inflamed or irritated skin. If you juice [cucumbers] with the skin on, silica from the peel helps firm up sagging skin.”

Want more? Cucumber’s combination of silica and sulphur also give them great anti-acne properties.

 

You’ve heard “cool as a cucumber,” right?  Have you ever wondered where that saying comes from?  Well … 

5 Cool as a Cucumber Fun Facts:

  1. It’s scientifically ‘provable’ that they’re the coolest of fruits!  How’s that?  The internal temperature of a cucumber can be as much as 20 degrees cooler than the outside air! 
  2. Cucumbers show up in the Bible in the book of Numbers where the Israelites are reminded: “We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely — the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic” (Numbers 11:5), which is the earliest recording of their cultivation outside of Egypt.
  3. Pliny The Elder, a Roman philosopher, writes that the cucumber was the prized favorite fruit of Emperor Tiberius (42 BC – 37 AD). And so, his imperial staff made every effort to keep cucumbers on his table all year long. Charlemagne (9th century) was also a fan!
  4. Columbus carried cucumbers with him to Haiti in his 1494 voyage, where cultivation began in the new world.
  5. The Mandan Indians (native to the Dakotas) adopted and cultivated them beginning in 16th century.

So, they’re refreshing … and they good for you!  Ready for even more? 

COOL WAYS TO COMBAT CANCER?

There is something unique about the acid-oils which live in cucumber skin, which seem to provide almost magical, nourishing properties for reinvigorating aging, dull or damaged skin. Two of these oils are the well-studied linoleic and oleic acids that are great for energy, metabolism, organ function, and more (similarly wonderful for inflammatory skin conditions, including acne, psoriasis, eczema, and even sunburns). 

Cucumbers are also high in a series of tocopherols, tocotrienols, and lignans (got that?), making cucumber-based oils powerful allies against free-radical damage and several types of cancer, including breast, ovarian, prostate, and uterine cancers.

And, it’s now known that cucumber’s lignans are responsible for reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, too.

COOL ANTIOXIDANT POTENTIAL

Science is discovering that cucumbers show exciting potential in the areas of blood-sugar control and diabetes, also.  According to Science Direct, with their lipid lowering and antioxidant effects, cucumbers “have a cleansing action within the body by removing accumulated pockets of old waste materials and chemical toxins” [14].

HERE’S WHERE YOU CAN HELP. . . BE A HEALTH DETECTIVE  

For two years, my team and I have scoured the internet seeking sources that can back up the health and benefit claims of fruits, vegetables, and supplements (sometimes called “boost”).  

In the chart below are the health claims we discovered about cucumbers. Where you see a footnote, you’ll find a link to the source.  If there is not a footnote, then that means that the specific health claim is made, but no one has been able to locate sources of research or find a credible anecdote to back up the claim.

So, if you are aware of a direct source of research or anecdotes to back up the claims, please post them in the comments.  Our crack team will check them out and if they meet our standards, I’ll make sure that they’re included in the next edition of the blog and give you a shout-out!

Reported Health Benefit Claims of Cucumber:

Prevents acid reflux 

Lowers blood pressure[3]

Anti-inflammatory [4][8]

Prevents some forms of cancer [1][4]

Antioxidant [2][3][5][11]

Prevents diabetes[3][11]

Prevents arthritis [4][6][9]

Prevents gout

Improves cardiovascular system [7]

Promotes healthy skin [3][4][11]

Prevents asthma

Prevents kidney stones and constipation [2][3][11]

 

We get such awesome benefits from cucumber juice, if you aren’t incorporating them as part of a regular juicing program, what are you waiting on?!

Sources:
1. http://impactfactor.org/PDF/IJPCR/8/IJPCR,Vol8,Issue1,Article8.pdf
2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23098877
3. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/cucumber.html
4. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/anne-ricci/health-benefits-of-cucumbers_b_8231704.html
5. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0014579382810466
6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11706280
7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2951311/
8. https://www.livestrong.com/article/179024-what-are-the-benefits-of-using-cucumber-juice-on-facial-skin/
9. http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/75/5/887.full
10. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0014579382810466
11. www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0367326x12002791