Cucumber is being hailed a superfood for its unique content of polyphenols (the stuff we love in broccoli, spinach and other leafy greens). Not only is it a natural anti-inflammatory, it is also being studied for its high antioxidant content, and has been added to the list of superfoods for possessing lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol—three lignans (polyphenols) that have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease as well as several cancer types, including breast, uterine, ovarian, and prostate cancers.
- 1 cup of raw sliced cucumber contains 19% of the DVI intake of Vitamin K – which plays a major role in the regulation of blood calcium levels, bone metabolism, and blood clotting.
- Cucurbitacins A, B, C, D and E (linked to cancer research)
- Cucumber extract found in skin care products, has been linked to reducing inflammation, calming skin irritation and relieving puffy skin… Cucumber facials, anyone?
- Cucumber extract found in your skin care products contains a combination of proteins, acids, lipids, vitamin C and amino acids
- It also possesses minerals important in the synthesis and binding of collagen.