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Cucumis Sativus

The snack that is an ally for your skin

What fruit do you think I’m going to talk about now? I’ll give you a delicious hint! It may not be the best example but I know you wanted it. ;D Although many of us think that cucumber is a vegetable, it is actually a fruit. It belongs to the same family as squash and watermelon. It is found especially in the summer and is often used in salads and … well, the way you imagine it. Its scientific or Latin name is Cucumis sativus, it is native to the tropical regions of South Asia, although it has been cultivated in India for more than 3,000 years. From there it spread to Greece and from there to Rome, later it was introduced to China. It is characterized by its dark and shiny green color that tends to lighten slightly at the ends. They get to measure between 15 to 20 cm. Its plant is climbing and with hairy stems. Its production is annual, which means that you can find them at any time of the year.

 

What properties does this fruit have?

Its content in carbohydrates is moderate (1.9%), fiber (1%). Proteins (0.7%). It contains minerals such as potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium, phosphorus, and zinc. It also has vitamins such as vitamin C and folates, these two vitamins being the ones that are found in the highest proportion. But it also contains vitamin B1, B2, niacin, B6 and vitamin E and A. Its water content reaches up to 95%. In addition to folic acid. The WHO recommends its consumption. Cucumber has a neutralizing action on those acidic waste substances that are produced in the body as a consequence of maintaining a diet rich in products of animal origin. It works as a laxative due to its high water and fiber content. Cucumber has a function of increasing urine production in the kidneys, which makes it a diuretic. This also contains a flavonol, an antioxidant and an anti inflammatory that promotes neuronal connectivity and takes care of our brain. It is a natural anti-inflammatory because it keeps us fresh, thanks to the hydration it provides, it favors multiple internal processes by nourishing the cells. The B vitamins it contains are effective in relaxing the nervous system and relieving the impact of anxiety and stress. Cucumber contains potassium, a mineral that regulates blood pressure. Potassium acts as a positively charged ion that regulates cellular functions. 

 

Why is cucumber so widely used in cosmetics?

Well, cucumber has been used in beauty treatments because it is considered a source of water, vitamins and minerals that help hydrate and protect the skin. How? It has multiple uses in masks, creams or direct application. Hydrates and protects the skin due to its water content, helping to produce collagen and elastin. Reduces bags under the eyes and dark circles, acting as a refresher, although it can also be used on other inflamed areas of the face. Its astringent properties help control and reduce excess oil in the skin, therefore it is ideal for acne skin, keeping the face clean. Eliminates the effects of sunburn and dryness. The phytochemicals contained in cucumber make the collagen in the skin contract, thus preventing the appearance of wrinkles. If you have ever read on the labels of facial creams “Cucumis sativus” it has to be yours!

 

Here are some ideas on how to prepare a cucumber based dish. In Mexico, this dish is known as the famous “Agua chile”, it is prepared with cucumber, onion, chili, avocado and shrimp and is served with toast and more sauce! In drinks! The cucumber mint water is my favorite! This is one of my deadly sins…. ;D

 

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