Cucumber Juice

cucumbers1Cucumber juice is a great source of anti-inflamatory and antioxidants including vitamin C, manganese and beta-carotone. They also contain high amounts of antioxidant flavonoids including apigenin, quercetin, kaempferol and luteolin. In studies, cucumber juice has been shown to provide antioxidant benefits, including the rapid scavenging of free radicals.

Cucumbers are have a high content of lignans. They contain pinoresinol, lariciresinol, and secoisolariciresinol–these have a history of research in conjunction with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and many cancer types. Cucumber juice is also an abundant source of triterpene phytonutrients called cucurbitacins. Cucurbitacins A, B, C, D and E have been researched to determine the exact extent the nature of their anti-cancer properties. Scientists have concluded that several various signaling pathways (MAPK and JAK-STAT) needed for cancer cell development and survival can be impeded by activity of cucurbitacins.

Cucumber juice contains 96% naturally distilled water. Its skin contains vitamin A. Cucumbers also contain sulfur, potassium and silica which is great for skin, hair and nails. The pulp makes an excellent mask for your face and neck.

Cucumber juice is good mixed with beets, kale and swiss chard and almost any vegetables and fruits because of the water content.