Cool as a cucumber

Don’t underestimate your new friend in the fridge – the cucumber!  It has numerous health benefits – as well as being something you can slice up and use to relieve tired puffy eyes!  Here are a few more reasons why your cucumber is cool – and not just because you’re keeping it in the fridge:

  • Cucumbers have been found to contain lignans there is continued research into the various health benefits some including how they may assist in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and help to fight cancer
  • Anti inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Contains vitamins B, C and K
  • Contains minerals magnesium, potassium and silicon
  • The fibre in the cucumber aids digestion
  • It’s a hydrating fruit
  • Less than 100 calories
  • Aids weight loss and helps to reduce cholesterol
  • And even aids gum disease as the cucumber juice helps to absorb the acid in your mouth.

If you fancy a change I found some refreshing cucumber drink suggestions on bembu.com: here

Sources: care2.com whfoods.com

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8 Amazing Health Benefits of Leeks

Having made a dinner of grilled salmon on a bed of sautéd leeks with other vegetables it got me wondering….are there even any health benefits to leeks?? I picked them up because I know they have a sweet taste and I’m a bit of a sucker for that. In asking my flat mate about the health benefits she didn’t think there was much in it, disgruntled I googled and now happy I came across this great post below!
I shall be eating leeks again!

The leek is a vegetable that belongs, along with onions and garlic, to the genus Allium, however unlike its fellow members, leeks do not form bulbs. The edible part of the leek plant is a bundle of leaf sheaths called the stem or stalk. While leeks may appear unassuming or even boring, they have several health benefits that are similar to those of garlic and onion.leeks

Nutritional Content of Leeks

100 grams of leeks contain about 83g water, 1.5g protein, 14g carbohydrates and minimal fat. Leeks are a source of several vitamins and nutrients including vitamin A, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, magnesium and manganese.

Health Benefits of Leeks

1. Fight cancer: Leeks are a good source of allyl sulfides which have been shown to modify certain pathways associated with the growth of tumors.

2. Protects linings of blood vessels: The flavonoid kaempferol which…

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