The high water content of cucumber makes it naturally hydrating, and cucumbers are commonly used for various types of skin problems, including swelling under the eyes and sunburn.
The two compounds present in cucumbers; ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) and caffeic acid, prevent water retention, which may explain why cucumbers applied topically are often helpful for swollen eyes, burns and dermatitis.
People who took part in the study DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), found that adding foods high in potassium, magnesium and fiber, such as cucumbers, reduced high blood pressure to healthier levels.
Tips on Using Cucumbers
Choose cucumbers that are firm, rounded at the edges and that are a bright to dark green color.
Thinner cucumbers will generally have less seeds than those that are thicker.
Cucumbers should be stored in the refrigerator where they will keep for several days.
Many cucumbers have a waxed skin, and this should be peeled before eating so as not to consume the harmful chemicals present in the wax. Better still; try to purchase cucumbers with an unwaxed skin, so that the nutrient-rich skin can also be eaten. BUY ORGANIC!
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