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Food as Medicine: Spicy Cucumber Salad

Cucumbers are one of the most hydrating foods next to watermelon and lettuce. They provide antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and the hydration needed for a healthy body. They are high in fiber while being low in cholesterol, sodium, fat and calories. The alkaline properties of cucumber support the immune system by regulating pH and fighting inflammation, which can aid in preventing cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and autoimmune diseases. Cucumber also contains triterpene and cucurbitacin which are compounds that studies have shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.

Please see below for our refreshing Spicy Cucumber Salad recipe!


Spicy Cucumber Salad


  • 2 large seedless cucumbers

  • 1 tsp of sea salt (to taste)

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tbsp of honey

  • 1 tsp Korean chili powder (gochugaru) or regular chili powder

  • 1 tsp roasted sesame oil

  • Optional: toasted sesame seeds for garnishing


  • Rinse the cucumbers thoroughly and slice.

  • Add the salt to the cucumbers and gently mix.

  • Set the cucumbers in the fridge for 15 minutes.

  • In a separate bowl, combine the other ingredients.

  • Drain any excess liquid from the cucumbers.

  • Add in the cucumbers to the sauce and toss well, making sure the cucumbers are evenly coated.

  • Top with sesame seeds (optional) and serve immediately.




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Ríos JL. Effects of triterpenes on the immune system. J Ethnopharmacol. 2010;128(1):1-14. doi:10.1016/j.jep.2009.12.045

Thoennissen NH, Iwanski GB, Doan NB, et al. Cucurbitacin B induces apoptosis by inhibition of the jak/stat pathway and potentiates antiproliferative effects of gemcitabine on pancreatic cancer cells. Cancer Research. 2009;69(14):5876-5884. doi:10.1158/0008-5472.can-09-0



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