Start eating one cucumber a day

4. Lowering blood sugar levels

Uncontrolled blood sugar is the trigger for diabetes, and the Type 2 variety is especially linked to high-sugar diets. Doctors now understand that even if you don’t yet have diabetes, chronic blood sugar puts incredible pressure on the body and greatly increases the risk of developing the disease. This condition is called pre-diabetes, and hundreds of thousands of people have it without even knowing it.

It just makes sense to take steps to control your blood sugar now. Several animal and test tube studies indicate that cucumbers may have the ability to lower blood sugar levels and protect against diabetes. Animal research examined the effects of several different plants on blood sugar levels, and cucumbers were found to lower them. Another animal study concluded that cucumber husk extract can reverse the changes associated with diabetes in mice with the disease.