Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Vegetable Of The Week - Cucumber

Vegetable Information: 
Cucumbers originated in India. Large genetic variety of cucumber has been observed in different parts of India. It has been cultivated for at least 3,000 years in Western Asia, and was probably introduced to other parts of Europe by the Romans. Records of cucumber cultivation appear in France in the 9th century, England in the 14th century, and in North America by the mid-16th century. - Encyclopaedia Britannica 

Health Benefits: 
Cucumber has high alkaline levels, thus regulates the body's blood pH and neutralizes acidity. - Organic Facts

Cucumbers are a very good source of potassium, an important intracellular electrolyte. Potassium is a heart friendly electrolyte it helps reduce blood pressure and heart rates by countering the effects of sodium. - Nutrition & You 

Cucumbers are now known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol, three lignans that have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease as well as several cancer types, including breast, uterine, ovarian, and prostate cancers. - Worlds Healthiest Foods 

Cucumber is an excellent source of silica, which known to help promotes joint health by strengthening the connective tissues. - Health Online Ezine 

Studies have shown that cucumbers, when eaten regularly, help to regulate uric acid, so it is great for prevention of certain kidney or bladder stones. - Gardening Channel 

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