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Cucumber is known in Filipino as Pipino, it is the fourth most cultivated vegetable in the world and known to be one of the best foods for your body’s overall health, often referred to as a super-food. Cucumbers are eaten either fresh or as a pickle, cucumbers have numerous health benefits, even though they may not be full of flavor. Add them to salads or slice them in spears to eat alone or with a low-fat dip.

Cucumbers are believed to have originated in southern Asia and India more than 10,000 years ago. The many varieties of cucumbers are all part of the Cucurbitaceae family, along with watermelons, zucchini and squash, which are often considered fruits, based on how they are prepared or eaten.

Cucumber also contains many vitamins and minerals that make them a healthy choice for cooking and snacking. Cucumbers are often sprayed with pesticides so it is important to buy organic or even better, grow them yourself.

Here are the Top 10 Health Benefits of Pipino or Cucumber:

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1] Rehydrates body and replenishes daily vitamins

  • Cucumbers are 95 percent water, keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins. Cucumbers have most of the vitamins the body needs in a single day. Don’t forget to leave the skin on because the skin contains a good amount of vitamin C, about 10 percent of the daily-recommended allowance.

2] Promotes joint health, relieves gout and arthritis pain

  • Cucumber is an excellent source of silica, which is known to help promotes joint health by strengthening the connective tissues. They are also rich in vitamin A, B1, B6, C & D, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium. When mixed with carrot juice, they can relieve gout and arthritis pain by lowering the uric acid levels.

3] Helps in weight loss and digestion

  • Due to its low calorie and high water content, cucumber is an ideal diet for people who are looking for weight loss. The high water content and dietary fiber in cucumbers are very effective in ridding the body of toxins from the digestive system, aiding digestion. Daily consumption of cucumbers can be regarded as a remedy for chronic constipation.

4] Control Blood Pressure

  • Cucumber juice contains a lot of potassium, magnesium and fiber which are very helpful for regulating blood pressure. This makes cucumber especially good for treating both low blood pressure and high blood pressure.

5] Skin care

  • The high water content and the presence of certain vitamins and minerals make cucumber an essential part of skin care. Facial masks containing cucumber juice can be used for skin tightening. Ascorbic acid and caffeic acid present in cucumbers can bring down the water retention rate which in turn diminishes the puffiness and swelling under the eyes. Cucumber skin also can bring relief to the skin caused by sunburn or windburn.

6] Beneficial for teeth and gums

  • Cucumber juice is also beneficial for people with teeth and gums problems, especially in cases of pyorrhea. Cucumber is a good source of dietary fiber and this fiber massage in the teeth and gums.

7] Acts as a diuretic

  • The water content of cucumber acts as a diuretic. It encourages the elimination of waste products from the body through urination. Regular intake of cucumber helps to dissolve bladder or kidney stones.

8] Relieves bad breath

  • Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

9] Stimulate hair growth

  • Cucumber contains silicon and sulphur and thus a regular intake of cucumber can help promote healthy hair growth. For best results, mix cucumber juice with the juices of carrot, lettuce or spinach.

10] Fight cancer

  • Cucumber contains lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol – three lignans that have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of several cancer types, including breast cancer, prostate cancer, uterine cancer, and ovarian cancer.

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36 Responses

  1. Elena Mitchell

    September 9th, 2013 at 10:14 am


    Dahil sa’yo natoto akong magloto at kumain ng masosostansyan gulay Maraming salamat. Malaking tulong ito lalo a sa mga katolad ko na malayo sa sari.ing LUPA

  2. Katherine

    September 9th, 2013 at 12:37 pm


    I had NO idea that cucumbers had so many benefits! I’ll need to up my intake :)

  3. April

    September 9th, 2013 at 12:45 pm


    Wow! I never realized all of the benefits…I thought they were just mostly water and didn’t offer too much else. Thanks!

  4. Stacie D Wyatt

    September 9th, 2013 at 1:00 pm


    great article. i didnt know cucumbers had all those benefits

  5. Holly @ Woman Tribune

    September 9th, 2013 at 1:16 pm


    I didn’t know that cucumber stimulated hair growth. And now I want to feed my fiance, he who despises anything green, cucumber salads and tell him he’ll grow more hair as he is very sensitive about his receding hairline. It could work!

  6. TJ Sims

    September 9th, 2013 at 1:29 pm


    I would of never known there were so many benefits to cucumbers before reading this post! It is great to know all of this. My daughter and I love cucumbers ALOT!

  7. laura

    September 9th, 2013 at 1:33 pm


    I never realized there were so many benefits! Thanks so much for sharing this information. We love cucumbers… but now I like them even more!

  8. Pamela R

    September 9th, 2013 at 2:04 pm


    wow I new they were good for you but I never know all of these benefits!!!

  9. Cat @ TOTS

    September 9th, 2013 at 7:06 pm


    I think I need to eat more cucumbers! They seem amazing. Thanks for sharing the info.

  10. Mai Decena

    September 29th, 2013 at 8:38 am


    Now i will include cucumber on my diet…living healthy nah

  11. Laura Brewer

    February 20th, 2014 at 9:24 am


    I had no Idea!! I am gonna start eating more cucumbers lol! Ty for this!!

  12. Lyne Ramos

    July 4th, 2014 at 6:37 pm


    Wow! Cucumber is so packed with nutrients! I am certainly going to include it in my diet!

  13. Nathaniel Valiente

    July 4th, 2014 at 7:43 pm



  14. Sonny David Huab

    July 5th, 2014 at 3:03 am


    Very informative. :D Thanks.

  15. Elsie Valdez

    July 5th, 2014 at 10:15 am


    Honestly, I don’t like cucumber, as in isang hiwa lang tinikman ko at di ko nagustuhan. But I would consider eating at this time because of the health benefits. Thank you dor sharing these info.

  16. Tricia Hope

    July 5th, 2014 at 11:53 am


    I have always been fond of cucumbers,now I LOVE them!

  17. alena svetelska

    July 5th, 2014 at 3:10 pm


    i never knew it could cure cancer,i love cucumbers.Specially in my salad.

  18. Shannon Pickin

    July 5th, 2014 at 9:51 pm


    I love cucumbers and love all the healthy benefits they have :)

  19. abigail tabuzo

    July 5th, 2014 at 10:45 pm


    Very informative! This will help a lot! :)

  20. Liberty Floro

    July 6th, 2014 at 1:48 pm


    Thanks for the information! Now I know all the benefits of Cucumber or Pipino..

  21. Abby Matic

    July 6th, 2014 at 7:07 pm


    I don’t usually eat cucumber pero dahil madami benefits pipilitin ko

  22. Jennelyn

    July 6th, 2014 at 11:24 pm


    Very Informative!!!!Nice blog!

  23. autumn kelly

    July 7th, 2014 at 8:38 am


    This is good to know. I love cucumbers.

  24. James Christopher Ramos

    July 7th, 2014 at 9:15 am


    Halina’t mag-umpisa. :)

  25. Sheryl An Mungcal

    July 7th, 2014 at 9:58 am


    thanks for the information, i love eating cucumber,.

  26. Henry DM

    July 7th, 2014 at 12:00 pm


    I love Pipino most especially in sandwiches & salads. It’s good to know that cucumber has a lot lot nutritional benefits

  27. Jeanette Jackson

    July 7th, 2014 at 4:03 pm


    I’ll have to add cucumbers to my juices I make with my juicer.

  28. heather

    July 7th, 2014 at 8:44 pm


    I didn’t know all of the great health benefits of cucumbers thanks for sharing.

  29. Faaria

    July 8th, 2014 at 12:48 am


    Wow, very educational~

  30. Ricalyn Abrahan

    July 8th, 2014 at 4:03 am


    i love Pipino. Kumakain kami nyan twice a week. :)

  31. KC

    July 8th, 2014 at 4:45 am


    one of my fave pinakamasarap sa suka na may asukal, asin,pepper and salt! rapsa!!

  32. Joel Cunanan

    July 8th, 2014 at 9:49 am


    thanks sa info, dami ko nalaman about sa pipino,.

  33. Linda Bradshaw

    July 8th, 2014 at 1:59 pm


    I really had no idea that cucumbers were really good for me. I just went and bought some! Going to use them in my juicing.

  34. Queenie Lou Villafuerte

    July 9th, 2014 at 1:22 am


    Thanks for the info. From now on I will eat a pipino na.. :)

  35. Istin Dizon Paigna

    July 9th, 2014 at 9:52 am


    Amazing Cucumber! I didn’t know it has so many good benefits for our bodies.
    I love eating it with a vinegar sauce mix that my mother is good at making it.
    Also, my son loves to eat that too and can consume the whole 1 piece all of himself. :)

  36. Maridel Alemios

    July 9th, 2014 at 10:54 am


    I actually like Pipino, idk why others hate it. Anyway, thank you for sharing its benefits. Learned a lot! =))

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