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Did you know that cucumbers are the number four most cultivated vegetable in the world? This common salad ingredient is also one of the best foods for your overall health. Here are five reasons to include cucumber in your juices.

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Reason 1: Cucumber aids weight loss

Cucumber, which is 90 percent water, helps prevent water retention in the body, due to its anti-inflammatory properties and is ideal for people who are looking to lose weight.

Reason 2: Cucumber eliminates toxins

Cucumber is known to help “sweep” waste products from our bodies, helping to remove toxins and cleanse our cells.

Reason 3: Cucumber replenishes daily vitamins

Cucumbers have most of the vitamins the body needs in a single day. Cucumbers also supply skin friendly minerals (they are high in potassium, magnesium and silicon).

Reason 4: Cucumber helps reverse type II diabetes

Cucumber juice has been found to be beneficial for diabetic patients. Cucumbers contains a hormone needed by the cells of the pancreas to produce insulin.

Reason 5: Cucumber promotes joint health, relieves arthritis and gout pain

As cucumber is an excellent source of silica it promotes joint health by strengthening the connective tissues. When mixed with carrot juice, cucumber can relieve gout and arthritis pain by helping to lower levels of uric acid.

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