Nutritional Information for Cucumbers

Cucumbers are packed with water, potassium, and fiber. Men looking to lose weight and eat as much food as the they want can look to more cucumbers and fruits and vegetables in general as they are low in calories and chock-full of cancer fighting nutrients.

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Benefits of Cucumbers

Cancer Prevention Benefits

Cucumbers may have plant compounds, like Cucurbitacin B, which have been found to possess anticancer activity.  Cell studies have shown that these cucurbitacins, a class of triterpenoid molecules in cucumbers, may target prostate cancer cells and can slow their growth and spread. One cell study found they could also target brain tumors. It’s not known what happens in human trials, but there isn’t any data to show any negative consequences from eating more cucumbers. Another constituent has been studied for its anticancer effects. Fistin, is a type of flavanoid antioxidant present in cucumbers and other fruits and vegetables. It appears to act as a potent cancer protective agent as well. The cucumber skin has been known to suppress an enzyme in the body known as TOR –  responsible for regulating the cell growth and dividing cycles (aka: aging). That may be why folks put sliced of cucumbers over the eyes? Anyway, TOR has been known to be associated with certain cancers. Cucumber seems to be one the foods that can turn the enzyme down presumably helping protect against cancer.

Men's Health Benefits

Cucumbers fit into a healthful diet. They do not contain as many antioxidants as other vegetables like kale, chard, or sweet potatoes, but they still have there place. Researchers have been explored the role of cucumbers slowing down bleeding and ensuring proper wound healing.

Ways to Use Cucumbers

+ Add raw cucumbers to salads and sandwiches.

+ Enjoy on their own with hummus or baba ganoush as a light snack.

+ Sauté cucumbers with onions, peppers, mushrooms, and pea pods.

+ Add cucumber to green smoothies.

+ Blend cucumber to make a cool cucumber soup.

Resources for Cucumbers

American Institute for Cancer Research: www.aicr.org

Nutrition Facts: www.nutritionfacts.org

Physicians Committee: www.pcrm.org

USDA Nutrient Database: Cucumbers

Citations
  1. Syed DN, Adhami VM, Khan N, Khan MI, Mukhtar H. Exploring the molecular targets of dietary flavonoid fisetin in cancer. Semin Cancer Biol. 2016. pii: S1044-579X(16)30012-8.
  2. Gao Y, Islam M, Tian J, Lui V, Xiao D. Inactivation of ATP citrate lyase by Cucurbitacin B: A bioactive compound from cucumber, inhibits prostate cancer growth. Cancer Lett. 2014;349(1):15-25.
  3. Ren S, Ouyang D, Saltis M, et al. Anti-proliferative effect of 23,24-dihydrocucurbitacin F on human prostate cancer cells through induction of actin aggregation and cofilin-actin rod formation. Cancer Chemother Pharmacol. 2012;70(3):415-24.
  4. Lamb RF. Amino acid sensing mechanisms: an Achilles heel in cancer? FEBS J. 2012;279(15):2624-31.
  5. Hsu YC, Chen MJ, Huang TY. Inducement of mitosis delay by cucurbitacin E, a novel tetracyclic triterpene from climbing stem of Cucumismelo L., through GADD45γ in human brain malignant glioma (GBM) 8401 cells.Cell Death Dis. 2014;5:e1087.
  6. Nafeesa Z, Shivalingu BR, Vivek HK, Priya BS, Swamy SN. Exploring a new serine protease from Cucumis sativus L. Appl Biochem Biotechnol. 2015;175(6):2787-94.

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