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9 Health Benefits of Cucumbers

Health Benefits of Cucumbers

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  • Cucumbers are made up of 95 percent water, making them an ideal hydrating and cooling food
  • Cucumbers contain an anti-inflammatory flavonol called fisetin that appears to play an important role in your brain health
  • Cucumbers also contain polyphenols called lignans, which may help to lower your risk of breast, uterine, ovarian, and prostate cancers
  • Cucumber extract helps reduce unwanted inflammation, in part by inhibiting the activity of pro-inflammatory enzymes (including cyclo-oxygenase 2, or COX-2)
  • Cucumbers are low in calories and high in fiber, which makes them useful for both weight loss and digestive health

By Dr. Mercola

Cucumbers belong to the same plant family as squash, pumpkin, and watermelon (the Cucurbitaceae family). Like watermelon, cucumbers are made up of mostly (95 percent) water, which means eating them on a hot summer day can help you stay hydrated.


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