This weeks question: “@DrDae Is this cucumber, mint, lemon, and water drink good for weight loss and detoxification?” I was asked this question on Facebook by a Northwestern classmate. Whenever I get questions from friends and colleagues, I always want give the most knowledgeable answer possible. Looking at the ingredients my inclination was to think probably good for detoxification but not sure it would really help with weight loss. I wasn’t really sure. I decided I would do a little research to confirm my answer. One of my favorite sites for food information is The World’s Healthiest Foods www.whfoods.com. I love it because it combines medical studies, nutritional information, quick and easy recipes, and so much more. The website chose 140 of the world’s healthiest foods that are easily assessable for people to get from their local grocery stores and filled the site with information about all of them. From that site here is the information I found:
Cucumbers have a substance called lignans that reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers. There is preliminary research that shows they have antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. They are also a good source of vitamin C, beta-carotene (a precursor to vitamin A), and manganese.
Mint has the reputation of soothing and supporting digestive and respiratory health. It supports digestion and relieves irritable bowel symptoms. It helps asthma. It is antimicrobial and has stopped the growth of tumors in some types of cancer. It has antioxidants too. It is also an excellent source of vitamin C, manganese, and vitamin A.
Lemon have been shown to have antioxidants and anticancer properties. They are a high source of vitamin C.
After looking at my research what do I think about this drink? I definitely endorse this cooling drink for detoxification. All three have high levels of antioxidants including vitamin C, manganese, and beta-carotene. They also have anti-inflammatory properties. Of course drinking 2 liters of water everyday is supportive to detoxification too.
As for the question of supporting weight-loss, I’m not so sure that this combination will directly support this claim. Indirectly along with an appropriate dietary food plan it can be a contributor. I can’t endorse this for weight loss.
Dr. Daemon Jones
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