Nutrition Kenya


1. Protect Your Brain
Cucumbers contain an anti- inflammatory flavonol called fisetin that appears to play animportant role in brain health.
In addition to improving your memory and protecting your nerve cells from age-related decline, fisetin has been found to prevent progressive memory
and learning impairments in mice with Alzheimer’s disease.

2. Reduce Your Risk of Cancer
Cucumbers contain polyphenols called lignans (pinoresinol,lariciresinol, and
secoisolariciresinol), which may help to lower your risk of breast, uterine, ovarian, and prostate cancers. They also contain phytonutrients called
cucurbitacins, which also have anti-cancer properties.

3. Fight Inflammation
Cucumbers may help to “cool” the inflammatory response in your body, and animal studies suggest that cucumber extract helps reduce unwanted
inflammation, in part by inhibiting the activity of pro- inflammatory enzymes (including cyclo-oxygenase 2, or COX-2).

4. Antioxidant Properties
Cucumbers contain numerous antioxidants, including the well-
known vitamin C and beta- carotene. They also contain
antioxidant flavonoids, such as quercetin, apigenin, luteolin, and
kaempferol, which provide additional benefits.
For instance, quercetin is an antioxidant that many believe prevents histamine release— making quercetin-rich foods “natural antihistamines.”
Kaempferol, meanwhile, may help fight cancer and lower your risk of chronic diseases including heart disease.

5. Freshen Your Breath
Placing a cucumber slice on the roof of your mouth may help to rid your mouth of odor-causing bacteria..

6. Manage Stress
Cucumbers contain multiple B vitamins, including vitamin B1, vitamin B5, and vitamin B7 (biotin). B vitamins are known to help ease feelings of anxiety and buffer some of the damaging effects of stress.

7. Support Your Digestive Health
Cucumbers are rich in two of the most basic elements needed for
healthy digestion: water and fiber. If you struggle with acid reflux, you should know that drinking water can help suppress acute symptoms of acid reflux by temporarily raising stomach pH; it’s possible that water-rich cucumbers may have a similar effect.
Cucumber skins contain insoluble fiber, which helps add bulk to
your stool. This helps food to move through your digestive tract more quickly for healthy elimination.

8. Maintain a Healthy Weight
Cucumbers are very low in calories, yet they make a filling
snack (one cup of sliced cucumber contains just 16
calories). The soluble fiber in cucumbers dissolves into a gel-
like texture in your gut, helping to slow down your digestion. This
helps you to feel full longer and is one reason why fiber-rich foods may help with weight control.

9. Support Heart Health
Cucumbers contain potassium, which is associated with lower
blood pressure levels. A proper balance of potassium both inside
and outside your cells is crucial for your body to function
As an electrolyte, potassium is a positive charged ion that must maintain a certain concentration (about 30 times higher inside than outside your cells) in order to carry out its functions, which includes interacting with sodium to help control nerve impulse transmission, muscle contraction,and heart function.

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