Incorporating juice into your diet boosts provides you with nutrients in a form easily absorbed by your body. Each cup of juice often contains more vitamins and minerals compared to a cup of whole vegetables -- so, even though you're missing the fiber found in whole veggies -- you'll still enjoy several health benefits. A blend of cucumber and lemon juices makes for a tart, nutrient-packed beverage that contributes to a healthful, balanced diet.
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It's Low in Calories
Whether you're looking to lose weight or you just want to avoid gaining weight, it is essential to control your liquid caloric intake, as the University of Rochester Medical Center notes, because liquid calories can significantly affect your caloric intake. At just 35 calories per cup, cucumber and lemon juice -- made from three-quarters of a cup of peeled cucumber and one-quarter of a cup of lemon juice -- contains just two percent of the calories allowed in a typical, 2,000-calorie diet. Each serving contains significantly fewer calories than apple, orange and pineapple juices, which clock in at 112, 114 and 133 calories per cup, respectively.
It Has Vitamin C
Drinking lemon and cucumber juice also provides essential vitamin C. The vitamin C from your diet supports brain cell communication, boosts collagen production to strengthen your tissues and also helps your body process cholesterol. As part of a diet high in vitamin C, cucumber and lemon juice also fights chronic diseases, such as coronary artery disease. A one-cup serving of cucumber and lemon juice contains 29.5 milligrams of vitamin C, which is 33 percent of the recommended daily intake for men and 39 percent for women.
It Has Vitamin K
Add cucumber and lemon juice to your diet and you'll also increase your vitamin K intake. Vitamin K affects small blood cells, called platelets, which your body relies on to control bleeding. When they pass by the site of tissue damage, your platelets form aggregates that plug the wound, cutting off bleeding. Vitamin K is essential for these aggregations -- or blood clots -- to form. It also plays other roles in your health, promoting healthy bone-tissue growth and helps in cell communication. Consuming a cup of cucumber and lemon juice increases your vitamin K intake by 13.2 micrograms, which is 11 percent of the daily vitamin K intake recommended for men and 15 percent for women.
It Has Pantothenic Acid
Cucumber and lemon juice also offer health benefits by providing a significant amount of pantothenic acid, also called vitamin B-5. Each serving of the juice contains 0.52 milligram of pantothenic acid, which contributes 10 percent toward your daily B-5 needs. Like vitamin C, pantothenic acid helps your brain cells communicate. It also helps your synthesize hormones, activates coenzymes needed for your cellular metabolism and helps maintain healthy cell membranes.
- Stanford Medicine: Cancer Institute: Juicing Recipes
- USDA National Nutrient Database: Cucumber, Peeled, Raw
- USDA National Nutrient Database: Lemon Juice, Raw
- HealthAliciousNess: Nutrition Facts Comparison Tool
- University of Rochester Medical Center: Counting Liquid Calories
- Linus Pauling Institute: Vitamin C
- Linus Pauling Institute: Vitamin K
- Linus Pauling Institute: Pantothenic Acid