Ripe cucumbers are spongy and yellow and are not normally eaten since it has lost crispness and are therefore eaten unripen. 96% of the weight of cucumber is water, a 250-g cucumber contains 240g of water. This is not to say that it does not have nutritional value. It contains 0.69% of protein,1.96% of carbohydrate and 0.13% of fat. It contains small quantities of provitamin A, and vitamins B, C, and E. Additionally, it composes of potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and iron and various traces of elements especially sulfur.
Cucumbers are alkalizing since animal-based food eaten excess acidic waste is neutralized by eating cucumber before or after.
It facilitates the excretion of waste products from the bloodstream through either the urine or the skin. Cucumbers play a medicinal function of depurant.
Given 96% of water content in cucumbers and soluble fiber content of 0.8%, cucumbers function as laxative, that is, it facilitates the movement of feces through the intestine. This empirically means that it deals with constipation.
Since cucumbers functions as depurant and contains sulfur, cucumbers hydrate the skin and provide healthy skin cells, nails and hair. It is appropriate for people suffering from eczema, dermatosis, and psoriasis. It is normally used for beauty treatment.
Since cucumbers contains very low calories and produces certain level of satiety it is recommended for the obese.
Cucumbers are also appropriate for the diabetic since it contains very low amount of carbohydrate and some reasonable amounts of vitamins and minerals.