Useful properties of cucumbers


Cucumber is a vegetable we know. We are used to it since childhood. In our climate zone, it is quite widespread. But how often do we think about the benefits of this wonderful vegetable?

What is useful cucumbers?

  • First, the cucumber improves appetite. This property can be used in baby food. After all, quite often our kids refuse this or that food.
  • In addition, the cucumber helps other products to better assimilate our body.
  • Cucumber contains a sufficient amount of minerals and trace elements, for example, iodine (helps in the prevention of diseases of the thyroid gland), silver (has a bactericidal effect on the body), a high content of folic and caffeic acid, chlorophyll, chromium, manganese and chicory.

  • The silicic acid contained in the cucumber, strengthens hair and skin. Cucumber juice copes with sunburn treatment. Cucumber juice eliminates swelling and inflammation. Helps with the fight against obesity.
  • Incredibly useful this vegetable for the treatment of diseases of the kidneys, bladder and stomach. To do this, you need to drink daily up to 500 ml of cucumber juice.
  • There are even cases when cucumber juice helped dissolve gallstones!
  • Cucumber removes toxins from the body, excess cholesterol, prevents the development of atherosclerosis.
  • This vegetable helps in the prevention of salt deposits. It is very useful to use cucumber juice with carrot or beet juice.
  • Cucumber fights high blood pressure and arrhythmia.
  • In folk medicine, cucumber is widely used as antipyretic and analgesic. Pickled cucumber helps to relieve fatigue from the eyes.
  • Frequent use of cucumberssupports the heart muscle. In addition, the cucumber acts aslaxative, antitumor and antispasmodic!
  • This vegetable has a very beneficial effect on intestinal motility, saving it from the putrefactive processes that can occur in it.
  • Cucumberincredibly useful for diabetes.

The benefits of cucumbers in cosmetology and nutrition

The most interesting fact that will be of particular interest to women is that cucumber inhibits the process of converting carbohydrates into fats!Doctors are of the opinion that at least once a week it is necessary to arrange cucumber-based fasting day. To do this, you need to eat about two kg of cucumbers during the day.

Known benefits of cucumber and cosmetologists. On a cucumber basis created a large number of different lotions for problem skin, foam for washing and other things. You can make a face mask, on the basis of a cucumber, and yourself. The best thing, mask recipe the below is suitable for fading skin.

You need to take two spoons of cucumber juice, some rose water and one spoonful of cream. Beat until foam forms (best of all, if you mix the mixture with a mixer). Then apply this foam on clean skin. Rinse after ten minutes with a cotton pad moistened with rose water.

How to choose cucumbers?

Separately worth mentioning aboutcucumber selection rules.

  1. It is desirable that the cucumbers were small in size and green. Huge cucumbers, and even yellow - overripe fruit. Most of them have lost most of the nutrients and trace elements.
  2. It is necessary that the cucumbers were fresh. How to check it? Vegetables must be firm. Softness is a sign that cucumbers have been ripped off the bed for a long time.
  3. And, of course, the fruits should be free of stains, broken places and should not be rotten.

Scientists engaged in the study of cucumber, concluded that the cucumber grown in open ground is much richer in chemical composition than the cucumber that grew in the greenhouse. Therefore, if you have to choose, do not hesitatebuy dirt vegetable. And, naturally, it is best to buy cucumbers not in supermarkets, but from private traders in agricultural markets. With the choice finished, now we need to determine what we will prepare of them.

Hthen cook from cucumbers?

Cucumber Salad

The simplest thing you can cook with a cucumber is a salad. For this, the cucumbers are cut either into circles or semicircles. Whom like more. It is enough to chop cucumbers, add some salt, pour some vegetable oil and a tasty salad is ready! Optionally, you can diversify this recipe, and add to the salad other vegetables: tomato, onion, cabbage, bell peppers. At your discretion. In addition to vegetable oil, you can fill this salad with mayonnaise or sour cream.


Very tasty billet for the winter of cucumber. This and various salads, and pickles and pickled. Here we present one of the recipes for delicious pickled cucumbers.

  1. You will need 1 liter of water, 50 g of salt and 25 g of sugar, 9% vinegar (from 80 to 100 g, depending on taste preferences). For sour pickle you need 1 liter of water, a tablespoon of salt, ½ tablespoon of sugar, half a cup of vinegar. Be sure to have greens - about 15 g, bitter or allspice (and you can have both 2-3 kernels), garlic - 1 tooth, 2 pcs. bay leaf, onion, carrot, parsley.
  2. Take the cucumbers, rinse them thoroughly, cut the ass. Put pepper, bay leaf, garlic and greens on the bottom of the jar. Also shift the greens layers of cucumbers. Marinade should be boiled, pour in vinegar and immediately pour cucumbers in jars. Immediately close the jars with sterilized lids, and put the jars to sterilize. Depending on the size of the cans, this should be a different amount of time. Thus, one-liter jars are sterilized from 8 to 10 minutes, and three-liter jars - about twenty.
  3. As soon as the pouring of cucumbers will change the shade from green to olive, you should remove the jars from the fire, roll up and put to cool.

There is a mass of other recipes with cucumbers. This and lightly salted "quick" cucumbers, and various soups, for example pickle. In addition, the cucumber can be cut into two pieces by making a boat. Stuff with minced meat and bake in the oven. The filling can be vegetable.

Cucumber - really useful vegetable. A variety of recipes with fresh, salted and pickled cucumbers allows us to get taste delights at any time of the year!

Especially for -Vitalina