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Are cucumbers good for you?

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Cucumbers support health with the presence of polyphenols, called lignans, which are shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and several types of cancer. Additionally, cucumbers have a high content of vitamin K, molybdenum and pantothenic acid, and are considered to be an antioxidant-containing and anti-inflammatory food.

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The seeds and skins of cucumbers are rich in nutrients, and these should be consumed as well to get the most benefit from the cucumber. However, conventionally grown cucumbers that are waxed should have their skin removed before eating, while those that have not been waxed should be washed and scrubbed lightly with a brush before eating.

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