Brief Historical Highlights
Cucumbers date back nearly 5 millennia to the Himalayan region of India. From India they spread throughout the Middle East, making their way north to Europe and west to China. During Roman times cucumbers were not only embraced for their flavor, but as a medicinal remedy for a myriad of ailments from infertility to bad vision, to an anti-inflammatory, relief from scorpion bites and as a rodent repellent. The Chinese variety has also been used as a cure for certain cancerous tumors. Interestingly, there’s a reason for the centuries old saying, “cool as a cucumber.” The interior temperature of this veggie can be as much as 20 degrees cooler than the surrounding air temperature!
Amaziing Benefits of Cucumber Juice and SmoothiesCucumber Juice
Cucumber juice is not only extremely low in calories, but also contain no saturated fats or cholesterol. The peel is high in fiber which relieves the body of harmful toxins and helps fight colon cancer. Cukes are also high in vitamins A, C and K, a- and b-carotenes and potassium. Potassium combats weight gain and acts as a mild diuretic which helps lower blood pressure by eliminating salt from the body.
Vitamins A and C are great antioxidants which remove harmful free radicals from the body. Vitamin K fights osteoporosis by strengthening bones. It also diminishes damage to the brain by reducing neuron injury and loss, and is thus used to treat Alzheimer’s disease. A- and B-carotenes are strong antioxidants. Lutein and zeaxanthin, another group of antioxidants, remove free radicals and act to protect against disease and aging.
Cucumber Juice & Smoothie Recipes
Cucumber Carrot Delight!
1 large Cuke – skin and all!
2 stalks Celery
4 Carrots – without the peel
Add some Sprouts or Greens for an extra nutrient boost!
Cucumber Apple Spice!
2 large Cukes – skin and all!
2 Apples – core, seeds and all!
1/2 thumb of fresh Ginger
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