CUCUMBER Overview Information
Cucumber is a type of fruit that grows on a vine. The fruit is commonly used as food. The fruit, seed, and stem are used in medicine.
Cucumber is used for osteoarthritis, high levels of cholesterol or other fats (lipids) in the blood (hyperlipidemia), high blood pressure, and wound healing, but there is no good scientific evidence to support its use for these or other conditions.
Cucumber is also an ingredient in various skin products.
How does it work?
Cucumber contains fats in the seeds that might help to lower cholesterol. The fruit contains chemicals that might help to reduce swelling (inflammation) and speed up wound healing.
- Osteoarthritis. Early research shows that taking cucumber extract improves pain, stiffness, and function better than taking a combination of glucosamine hydrochloride and chondroitin sulfate.
- High levels of cholesterol or other fats (lipids) in the blood (hyperlipidemia). Early research shows that taking cucumber seed extract slightly lowers levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL or "bad") cholesterol and other fats in people with mild hyperlipidemia. It also seems to increase levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL or "good") cholesterol.
- High blood pressure.
- Other conditions.
CUCUMBER Side Effects & Safety
When taken by mouth: Cucumber is LIKELY SAFE when used in food amounts. Cucumber extract up to 20 mg daily and cucumber seed extract up to 500 mg daily are POSSIBLY SAFE when used as medicine, short-term. There isn't enough reliable information to know if other cucumber products are safe to use as medicine.
When applied to the skin: Cucumber is LIKELY SAFE when applied to the skin in appropriate amounts. Mild redness and irritation occur rarely.
Special Precautions & WarningsPregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if cucumber is safe to use as a medicine when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts.
Diabetes: There is some evidence that cucumber seed can decrease blood sugar levels. This might increase the chance of blood sugar levels becoming too low in people being treated for diabetes. Monitor your blood sugar carefully.
Surgery: Cucumber seed might lower blood sugar levels. There is some concern that it might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop using cucumber seed at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
The appropriate dose of cucumber depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for cucumber. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.