Cucumber is one of the top vegetables of the season and its production in Albanian land remains one of the best in the vegetable market.

Cultivated under the special care of our farmers and because of it nutrition values, this mass production in the Albanian tradition of fruit and vegetables cultivation is recognizing a widespread export through Europe.

Is one of the vegetables that we consume almost every day in our meals as a refreshing topping for a salad. But cucumbers can be made also into a healthy juice. Drinking cucumber juice can provide you with several health benefits.

According to AgroWeb.org experts, drinking cucumber juice helps you reach your recommended daily intake of vitamin K. This vitamin helps you build strong bone tissue and nourishes your kidneys.

It also plays an important role in blood clotting- it activates proteins that trigger blood coagulation, so that you can stop bleeding after suffering tissue damage. Consuming cucumber juice helps to fight the effects of vitamin K deficiency, which can include nosebleeds, bruising and bleeding gums.

On the other hand, cucumber juice also provides a source of copper. Copper helps you make neurotransmitters, the family of chemicals your brain cells need to communicate.

It helps you produce healthy red blood cells, strengthens your connective tissue and boosts your immune system. It protects you from free radical damage — cellular damage that develops when you’re exposed to environmental toxins or sunlight.

The copper in cucumber juice also supports your active lifestyle, since your cells need copper to produce useable energy.

Cucumber juice serves as a vegan-friendly source of calcium, an essential mineral. Hydroxyapatite, the mineral tissue that adds strength to your teeth and bones, contains calcium, and getting enough calcium helps retain your bone density.

Your muscles also use calcium to contract, and your nervous system relies on small amounts of calcium to help transmit nerve impulses. Getting enough calcium also helps maintain your body’s hormone balance, since calcium in your bloodstream helps control hormone release.

Two recipes for delicious Cucumber Juice

Cumcumber & Honey

Ingredients

4 chilled cucumber (big)

Method

Wash and slice cucumber and put in a blender
Add 1/4 cup of water and blend
Filter into a glass cup
Add one spoon with honey

Cucumber Basil Lime Juice

Ingredients:

• 1 handful of fresh basil leaves
• 1 cucumber (medium sized)
• ½ Lemon
•1 Apple

Method:

Juice basil into a glass.
Cut cucumber lengthwise into halves.
Cut apple into wedges and remove the seeds.
Remove zest and pith of lemon.
Chop all ingredients and blend them with 120ml (1 cup) of water in the blender.
Strain the content through fine mesh strainer.
Stir and serve./AgroWeb.org