Cucumber
    
Cucumis Sativus

The cucumber is believed to have originated in northern India or Thailand.   It was known to ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans and was available in China in the sixth century AD.   It has now spread throughout the world.    Its areas of cultivation include northern and southern India, South East Asia, China, Africa, central and South America, the Caribbean and most tropical areas.

Cucumbers are scientifically known as Cucumis sativus and belong to the same family as pumpkin, zucchini, watermelon and other types of squash.   Varieties of cucumber are grown either to be eaten fresh or to be pickled.   Those that are to be eaten fresh are commonly called slicing cucumbers.   Cucumbers such as gherkins that are specially cultivated to make pickles are oftentimes much smaller than slicing cucumbers.

The alkaline-forming minerals in the cucumber represent 64.05 per cent and the acid-forming minerals 35.95 per cent. This mineral arrangement invests the cucumber with definite reme'dial and curative properties.   It makes it useful in maintaining the alkalinity of the blood. 

It also operates as one of the best natural diuretics, secreting and promoting the flow of urine.   Cucumber juice in combination with the juice of carrots, beets and celery, has a very beneficial effect in the conditions associated with accumulation of uric acid such as arthritis, gout and rheumatism.    It should always be taken raw as cooking destroys potassium and phos'phorus.

According to the book Fresh Vegetables and Fruit Juices, drinking juice composed of carrot, cucumber, lettuce and spinach will nourish the roots and nerves of hair thereby stimulating growth.   Also, recommend is a combination of carrot, lettuce, green pepper and alfalfa juice.   Further information can be found in books such as Juicing For Life by Cherie Calbom & Maureen Keane and The Juicing Book by Stephen Blauer.

Cucumber juice is often recommended as a source of silicon to improve the complexion and health of the skin, plus cucumber's high water content makes it naturally hydrating--a must for glowing skin.   Cucumber juice has proved effective in skin eruption: For better results, juice of carrot, lettuce should be added to this juice.   Further, addition of little alfalfa juice in some cases can help to speed up their efficacy.

Cucumbers are also used topically for various types of skin problems, including swelling under the eyes and sunburn.   Two compounds in cucumbers, ascorbic acid and caffeic acid, prevent water retention, which may explain why cucumbers applied topically are often helpful for swollen eyes, burns and dermatitis.    This is a wonderful diuretic and helps remove uric acid from the body.    It also helps to regulate blood pressure, in part due to its potassium content.   Due to its silicon and sulphur content, promotes the growth and health of hair, bone, teeth, and nails.

Japanese research in the first half of this century indicated that there was a valuable substance present in the cucumber juice for the treatment of the whole intestinal tract.

Sources:
The Juicing Book by Stephen Blauer, Avery Publishing Group Inc., NY, 1989
Heinerman's Encyclopedia of Healing Juices by John Heinerman, Parker Publishing Company, NY, 1994
Cucumber health benefits, Home-Remedies-for-You.com
Some of the benefits of juicing, www.herbalconsults.com/juice.html
The cucumber, www.indiangyan.com
Juicing for Healthy Skin and Hairjuicer.lifetips.com/cat/59935/benefits-of-juicing
Cucumber, www.whfoods.com/genpa

 

 
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The information presented herein by The Natural Path Botanicals is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

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