Cucumber - Natural Benefits and Curative Properties
Botanical Name :: Cucumis sativas
Indian Name :: Khira
The cucumber is a very popular and widely cultivated vegetable in India. It gives cooling and refreshing effect. It contains almost all the essential elements needed for the preservation of health. There are several varieties of cucumber which differ in shape, size and color. Its color varies from whitish green to dark green. It turns into orange, yellow or brownish yellow when it matures. Its sizes also vary from 8 to 30 cm. and above. Fresh, firm, smooth, regular in shape and dark green in color is the best variety for use.
Origin and Distribution of Cucumber
Cucumber is believed to have originated in northern India. It was known to ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans and was available in China in the sixth century AD. It has now spread through out the world. Its areas of cultivation include northern and southern India, South East Asia, China, Africa, central and South America, the Caribbean and most tropical areas
Food Value of Cucumber
Nutritionally, the cucumber has a relatively high mineral content. Its skin is most valuable as the cell salts and vitamins are in and near it. Hence it should not be peeled.
Natural Benefits and Curative Properties of CucumberThe alkaline-forming minerals in the cucumber represent 64.05 percent and the acid forming minerals 35.95 per cent. This mineral arrangement invests the cucumber with definite remedial and curative properties. It makes it useful in maintaining the alkalinity of the' blood. It also operates as one of the best natural diuretics, secreting and promoting the flow of urine. It should always be taken raw as in cooking potassium and phosphorus are lost.
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