Did you know that cucumber is considered one of the oldest fruits or vegetables in the world? Turns out, what we think of as an ubiquitous salad garnish was once an essential food.
A brief history of cucumbers
Cucumber has been cultivated for over 3,000 years. And did you know the Romans worked out a system to grow this slender, green fruit year round? It appears they used an early version of a greenhouse system. But although the ancient Romans seemed to appreciate what cucumbers brought to the table, they feared that this fruit would have a “cooling” effect on sexual passions.
However, other cultures embraced the shaft-like appearance of cucumber, determining that, on shape alone, this versatile fruit is clearly an aphrodisiac, a food of arousal. But from a nutritional standpoint, cucumber has much more to offer to your sex life and overall health than a suggestive appearance. Here’s what you need to know about the health benefits of cucumber.
Nutritional benefits of cucumber
From a nutritional standpoint, this fruit provide several vitamins and minerals essential to maintaining sexual health, including vitamin C and manganese. Some nutritional authorities claim that the silica in cucumbers makes this fruit something of a culinary fountain of youth.
It is believed that silica can support connective tissue health. If it’s true, it means it can help keep the body limber and primed for bedroom calisthenics. However, it’s more likely that the trace amount of this nutrient found in the fruit does little more than offer a talking point on the many nutrients found in this low-calorie salad topping.
Cucumber benefits for men
There is a perception, perhaps because of its shape, that cucumber is especially beneficial to men’s men’s health. Although, as I mentioned it does contain manganese, which is needed for men’s sexual health, it should be made very clear that although this slender, green fruit is is over 90% water. That fact alone makes it pretty easy to imagine just how many cumbers you’d need to eat to reap the benefits of its manganese, silica or other trace nutrients.
Cucumber skin benefits
However, that high water content, along with its trace amounts of nutrients, can help both men and women with the maintenance of young, vibrant skin. (See the mention of silica above.)
In addition, this crunchy, green fruit is known for prevent water retention which means they not only work as a cure of morning after eyes but can diminish bloat to keep you feeling your sexiest.
Is cucumber a fruit?
And since we’re on the topic of clarifying myths about cucumbers, it is not a vegetable. In fact, it is a relative of watermelon, (also an aphrodisiac). Although it is green, this fruit develops from the flower of its plant and contains seeds. By the botanical definition, this makes it a fruit.
Cucumber’s link with sexual arousal
Far more interesting than the potential sexual benefits of cucumber’s nutrients is its scent. That’s because a study by Dr. Alan Hirsch found that the scent of these slender, green fruits of summer, in combination with black licorice, is extremely arousing to women. It really makes you look at, err…smell…cucumber a little differently, doesn’t it?
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