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June 24, 2008

Cucumber

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Cucumbers were thought to originate over 10,000 years ago in Southern Asia.  Early explorers and travelers introduced this vegetable to India and other parts of Asia.  It was very popular in the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece and Rome, whose people used it not only as food but also for its beneficial skin healing properties. Greenhouse cultivation of cucumbers was originally invented during the times of Louis XIV, who appreciated this delightful vegetable. Later the early colonists introduced cucumbers to the United States.

Cucumbers are scientifically known as Cucumis Sativus and belong to the same family as watermelon, zucchini, pumpkin, and other types of squash. Varieties of cucumber as grown either to be eaten fresh or pickled.

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Health Benefits
The cucumber’s flesh is primarily composed of water but also contains ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) and caffeic acid, both of which help soothe skin irritations and reduce swellings. Cucumber’s skin is rich in fiber and contains a variety of beneficial minerals including silica, potassium and magnesium.

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A Radiant Complexion
The silica in cucumber is an essential component of healthy connective tissue, which includes muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bone. Cucumber juice is often recommended as a source of silica to improve the complexion and health of the skin, plus cucumber’s high water content makes it naturally hydrating – a must for glowing skin. 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 explains why cucumbers are often helpful for swollen eyes, burns and dermatitis.

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