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Cucumber - Research
One study indicates that cucumber consumption may help protect cells against damage from internal and external forces.5  A toothpaste made with cucumber extract is showing promising outcomes with respect to gum disease in randomized, controlled trials.6  
Applied externally, the vegetable is used to soothe sunburn and tired eyes either by slicing the cucumber and putting the slices on the skin, or by making a puree to spread over the skin.4  It may aid in digestion since it contains an enzyme that digests proteins.
The fruit of the cucumber plant is used in the cosmetic industry in facial cleansing and toning lotions.2  
2  Bown D. The Herb Society of America New Encyclopedia of Herbs and Their Uses. London: Dorling Kindersley Ltd.; 2001.
3  Davidson A. The Oxford Companion to Food. New York: Oxford University Press; 1999.
4  Duke JA. The Green Pharmacy. Emmaus, PA: Rodale Press; 1997.
5  Edenharder R, et al. Protective effects of fruits and vegetables against in vivo clastogenicity of cyclosphosphamide or benzo[a]pyrene in mice. Food & Chemical Toxicology. 1998:36(8);637-645. 

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