Posted by News Express | 17 July 2015 | 3,270 times
A Nutritionist at the Garki Hospital, Abuja, Miss Yemisi Olowookere n Thursday advised Nigerians to consume fresh cucumbers as its helps heartburn, gastritis and ulcers.
Olowookere told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the benefits of cucumber are availed due to its dietary fibres which remove toxins from the digestive system.
``All that water in cucumber acts as a virtual broom, sweeping waste products out of your system, flushes out toxins. With regular use, cucumber is known to dissolve kidney stones.
``Cucumber keeps kidneys in shape; it lowers uric acid levels in your system, keeping the kidneys happy.
``Daily consumption of cucumbers can be regarded as a remedy for constipation,’’ she said.
Olowokere said cucumber is also a good source of potassium, a heart friendly electrolyte which helps bring a reduction in total blood pressure and heart rates by countering effects of sodium.
She said cucumbers contain unique anti-oxidants in moderate ratios such as ß-carotene and α-carotene, vitamin-C, vitamin-A, zea-xanthin and lutein.
Olowokere said the compounds in cucumber help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes.
``They surprisingly have a high amount of vitamin K. Vitamin-K has been found to have a potential role in bone strength by promoting osteotrophic (bone mass building) activity.
``It also has established role in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease patients by limiting neuronal damage in their brain.’’
She said the fruits fight heat, both inside and out, adding that applying cucumber on your skin gives relief from sunburn.
Olowokere said cucumber contains vitamin A, B and C, which boost immunity and gives energy and radiance.
``Cucumber aids in weight loss as it can be enjoyed in your salads and soups.
``Placing chilled slices of cucumber on the eyes is a clichéd beauty visual, but it really helps reduce under-eye bags and puffiness,’’ said the expert.
She said cucumber refreshes the mouth, adding that cucumber juice refreshes and heals diseased gums, leaving your mouth smelling good.
Olowookere said cucumber contains silica which strengthens the hair and nails.
She also said cucumber helps diabetic patients as it contains a hormone needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin. (NAN)
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