Cucumber Juice: Benefits, Nutrition, And More

This cooling drink can help you lose weight as well as protect your vision!

Medically Reviewed by Rowinda DimechRowinda Dimech, RDN
By Varsha PatnaikVarsha Patnaik, MSc (Biotechnology), Certified Diet & Nutrition Coach  • 

Cucumber is one of the most popular and refreshing foods in the world and is a frequently used ingredient in various beauty and cosmetic products. Commonly considered a vegetable, cucumber, is in fact a fruit. While cucumbers are used across a variety of dishes today, regularly drinking cucumber juice benefits and improves your overall health. Highly nutritious and rich in water content, cucumber juice is hydrating and a perfect drink for hot and sweaty summers. In this article, we take a look at the different benefits of cucumber juice, its nutritional profile, and its potential side effects.

What Is Cucumber?

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Cucumber (Cucumis Sativus.) is part of the Cucurbitaceae family which also includes fruits such as squash, melons, and pumpkins. Native to India, cucumber has been used as a source of refreshing food for thousands of years. Being rich in various nutrients and medicinal properties, cucumber juice is an ideal drink to boost your immune system and nourish the skin (1). With its mildly refreshing taste, cucumber is a versatile fruit used in kitchens across the world. Today, cucumber is used in salads, dips, soups, sauces, and even as a refreshing drink on your spa day!

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Cucumbers are classified into 3 major varieties depending on their method of consumption – slicing (for fresh consumption), pickling (to make pickles), and seedless (sweeter with thinner skin).

In the next section, we take a deeper look at the nutritional content of cucumber.

Nutritional Information Of Cucumber

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According to the USDA, 1 raw cucumber contains 45.2 calories and is rich in the following nutrients (2).

Nutrient

Amount

Fiber

1.5 g

Calcium

48.2 mg

Phosphorus

72.2 mg

Potassium

442 mg

Magnesium

39.1 mg

Beta carotene

135 ug

Vitamin K

49.4 ug

Vitamin C

8.43 mg

Vitamin A

316 IU

Additionally, cucumber contains 96% water and is high in antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin (3). For those looking to switch it up, cucumber juice with a hint of mint may be an excellent way to prevent dehydration during summers or after a workout.

Consuming cucumber juice benefits your health in numerous ways. Let’s find out what they are.

Benefits Of Cucumber Juice

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  •  May Aid In Weight Loss

Since cucumbers are naturally low in calories, drinking cucumber juice is also low in calories. Therefore, you can consume cucumber juice without thinking about adding on those extra caloriesunlike other calorific drinks, such as softdrinks and fruit juices. Studies suggest that eating low calorie and high water content fruits such as cucumbers are associated with a significant reduction in weight (4), (5).

  • May Help Lower Blood Sugar

Cucumber may play an essential role in lowering blood sugar levels and controlling diabetes if eaten in moderation and as a part of a healthy balanced diet. A 2015 review suggests that cucurbitacins, the plant compounds that give cucumbers a slightly bitter taste, may help improve insulin action (6). Other studies also suggest that cucumber may be effective in reducing oxidative stress and blood sugar levels, and may protect against diabetes-related complications (7), (8).

  •  May Protect Your Vision

Cucumber contains a high concentration of vitamin A, which has been associated with protecting your vision and slowing down visual degeneration (9). A study was conducted to examine the effect of cucumber on Sprague-Dawley rats with cataracts. The researchers observed a significant delay in cataract formation over a period of 4 weeks, suggesting that cucumbers may have anticataract properties (10).

  •  May Help Fight Against Cancer

The bitter-tasting cucurbitacin may possess anti-cancer properties. According to a 2015 review, cucurbitacin may inhibit the growth and development of several cancer cells as it reduces oxidative stress and boost your immune system (11). Other studies also indicate that cucumber may be important in reducing reproduction and multiplication of cancer cells, making cucumber juice a healthy addition to your diet (12).

  •  May Aid In Digestion

Consuming cucumber juice may help regularize your bowel movements. Dehydration and reduced intake of water have been associated with trouble in digestion and constipation (13). Cucumber juice, being high in water and fiber, may prevent constipation and improve bowel movement (5). Cucumber is also high in pectin, a soluble fiber associated with speeding up intestinal movements and improving digestive health (14), (15), (16).

  •  May Help Manage Cholesterol Levels

The high fiber content found in cucumber may help manage cholesterol levels and prevent cardiovascular diseases. A study was conducted to see the effect of oral consumption of cucumber on serum lipid profile and liver enzyme in young, healthy students. After 21 days, the researchers observed a significant decrease in total cholesterol levels (17).

While current research is limited to test-tube and animal studies, more studies are required to study how cucumber juice benefits human health.

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You may use cucumber juice to wash your face or spritz it on your skin. It helps soothe irritated skin, reduce dryness, and ease sunburn discomfort.

In the next section, we take a look at how to make cucumber juice at home.

How To Make Cucumber Juice Naturally

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Mildly refreshing and crispy, cucumbers are a versatile fruit that can be eaten raw or incorporated into a variety of dishes. While commonly used to make stews, soups, sandwiches, dips, and salads, you can also make a delicious juice out of cucumbers. Here is a simple recipe for cucumber juice you can make at home.

Ingredients

  •  3 medium-sized cucumbers
  •  1 cup of water
  •  1 teaspoon of lime juice

Instructions

  1.  Remove the skin of the cucumber with a peeler or knife.
  2.  Slice and cut the cucumbers into small pieces.
  3.  Add the cucumber slices to a blender and blend for 2 minutes for an even consistency.
  4.  Pour the juice through a sieve to allow the juice to filter through a jar.
  5.  Use a spoon to press the cucumber and get the remaining juice out.
  6.  Add some water and lime juice.
  7.  Refrigerate the juice for a few hours before drinking it.

The benefits of cucumber juice are many and can be an excellent addition to your diet. However, is it suitable for everyone? Let us check out the possible side effects of cucumber juice in the next section.

Possible Side Effects Of Cucumber Juice

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While cucumber is mostly considered safe for consumption, research has reported a few side effects.

  •  Consumption of cucumber may aggravate the symptoms of dyspepsia or indigestion in some people(18).
  •  Individuals on blood thinners such as warfarin should limit their intake of cucumber as it is high in vitamin K which is responsible for blood clotting (19).
  •  Avoid intake of cucumber juice if you are allergic to cucumber (20).

To Sum It Up

Cucumbers are a highly refreshing and versatile fruit that can be easily incorporated into your diet in the form of a rejuvenating cucumber juice. Low in calories and high in water content, cucumber juice benefits your health by helping in weight loss, digestion, lowering blood sugar levels, and protecting against cancer. While cucumber is mostly safe for consumption, people allergic to cucumber and using blood thinners should consult a doctor before consuming it. If you develop an adverse reaction, stop consuming it immediately and consult your doctor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is cucumber water better than lemon water?

Both are good for your health. They are good detox drinks that help you flush out the toxins and keep you hydrated.

Do you juice cucumbers with skin on?

You can juice cucumbers with or without the skin on. Some people prefer juicing it with the skin while others prefer without it. The cucumber peels also contain beta carotene and fiber. Therefore, drinking it with the skin on will benefit your health too.

What happens when you drink cucumber water on an empty stomach?

Drinking cucumber water on an empty stomach may help improve digestion, detox the body, and help you stay energized throughout the day.

Is cucumber good for the kidney?

Yes, cucumber may help lower uric acid levels in the body. It also may help in the treatment of kidney problems and blood pressure issues (22).

How long does fresh cucumber juice last?

Fresh cucumber juice may last for a day. If you store it in a refrigerator, it may stay for 6 days at least.

Can we store cucumber juice in the fridge for using on the face?

Yes, you can store cucumber juice in the fridge for at least a week to use on the face. The antioxidant properties of cucumber juice will help reduce the appearance of aging signs (23). You may use it at least twice a week.

Key Takeaways

  •  Cucumber juice is a rejuvenating and nutritionally-rich drink high in water content and low in calories.
  •  Consuming cucumber juice regularly may aid in weight loss, manage cholesterol levels, and slow down visual deterioration.
  •  People should exercise caution while drinking cucumber juice as it may result in an allergic reaction or worsen the symptoms of indigestion.

Sources

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