Cool as a cucumber. Where did that saying come from? They say it means “extremely calm, relaxed and in control of your emotions. This phrase may have originated from the fact that even in hot weather, the inside of cucumbers are approximately 20 degrees cooler than the outside air. Cucumbers belong to the same plant family as squash, pumpkin, and watermelon (the Cucurbitaceae family). Cucumbers are mostly (95 percent) water, which means eating them on a hot summer day can help you stay hydrated. With vitamin K, B vitamins, copper, potassium, vitamin C, and manganese, cucumbers can help you to avoid nutrient deficiencies that are widespread among those eating a typical American diet. Plus, cucumbers contain unique polyphenols and other compounds that may help reduce your risk of chronic diseases and much, much more. I like cucumbers in my salads. I also like a sliced cucumber in apple cider vinegar. There are a lot of good reasons to eat cucumbers. They usually come with a wax on them for travel which is best washed off. Organic cucumbers are better if you can afford them as they are twelfth on the pesticide contamination list. Cucumbers contain an anti-inflammatory flavonol called fisetin that appears to play an important 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. 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. And they do a lot more.
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