Remember Cucumbers? By Mrs Vera West
The humble cucumber is more than just an after-thought in your summer salad. It has important health benefits such as aiding memory. Just remember to put it into your summer salad, so that in the future, your memory improves and you remember to put it on your summer salad:
“Before tossing away the cucumbers in your salad or sandwich because they taste a bit plain, consider their many health benefits, which includes preventing memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease. This effect of cucumbers was determined by researchers from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. In their study, they used mice as animal models for Alzheimer’s and its associated symptoms, such as memory loss. They found that mice that were given a daily dose of the flavonol called fisetin, which is found in cucumbers and other plant-based foods, exhibited a delay in the development of memory loss and Alzheimer’s symptoms. In some cases, these symptoms were even prevented completely. Another astounding discovery that the researchers made was that these improvements could be observed even if the mice continued to develop amyloid plaques, which are believed to be the major contributors to the progression and development of Alzheimer’s. Moreover, mice that did not have the neurodegenerative disorder still exhibited memory improvements after receiving fisetin. Fisetin is believed to improve memory by triggering a cellular pathway that involves the part of the brain that retrieves memories. Additionally, this flavonol has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that are effective on brain cells, thereby preventing them from aging and its associated effects.”
If cucumbers had minds and psyches, no doubt they would have emotional problems, being so neglected and down-valued. But we can help cucumbers by helping ourselves to generous serves. Then we too can be, this summer, as cool as a cucumber.