This Cucumber Roll With Creamy Avocado Recipe doesn’t require much prep work, but it is full of nutrients that can help take your health to new heights. Check out the benefits of the main ingredients:
If you are suffering from any inflammatory condition like arthritis, the natural anti-inflammatory properties of cucumbers may benefit you. Cucumbers also contain the compound fisetin, a flavonol that plays a vital role in brain health. Some studies have even found that fisetin can help prevent progressive memory and learning impairments in mice with Alzheimer’s disease.1,2,3
Cucumbers also contain polyphenols called lignans, including lariciresinol, pinoresinol and secoisolariciresinol, which may help decrease risk of cardiovascular disease and breast, ovarian, uterine and prostate cancers. They are also a good source of an anti-cancer phytonutrient called cucurbitacins.4
Just remember to choose organic cucumbers instead of conventionally grown varieties, because cucumbers are one of the most pesticide-contaminated foods, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG).5
You have probably heard about how avocados are rich in “good” fats that can help keep your cholesterol levels in the healthy range, and decrease your risk of heart disease. They offer other benefits as well, containing a significant amount of the daily requirements of vitamin K, folate, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6 and vitamin C. An interesting fact most people aren’t aware of is that avocados are actually a better source of potassium than bananas.
A popular remedy for rheumatic pain in traditional medicine, capers are known to have high flavonoid content. They are a rich source of quercetin, a flavonoid that has been shown to offer anti-carcinogenic, anti-bacterial, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.
They also contain the flavonoid rutin, which helps strengthen capillaries and inhibit platelet clump formation in the blood vessels. Capers also have vitamins (A, K, niacin and riboflavin) and minerals (calcium, copper and iron).6
This versatile spice is known to improve digestion by increasing the secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Black pepper has long been recognized as a carminative, which means it helps prevent intestinal gas formation. Additionally, it is a natural diuretic that can help reduce excess water retention in the body. Black pepper is a good source of manganese, copper, iron and chromium as well.7
When it comes to vitamin K content, parsley is highly impressive as it contains a whopping 574 percent of the daily recommended value.8 This herb doesn’t just promote bone strength, but it also helps prevent and treat Alzheimer’s by controlling neuronal damage in the brain. Parsley is rich in vitamins C and A as well, giving you an antioxidant boost while reducing your risk of eye problems like macular degeneration.9
The medicinal use of dill dates back to 5,000 years ago in ancient Egypt, where it was considered “soothing medicine.”10 Now, it is known to be a good source of vitamin A, as 1 ounce of this herb will give you 43 percent of your daily requirement. This herb is also a good source of vitamin C, manganese, folate, calcium and iron. It contains the flavonoids vicenin and kaemferol as well, which offer antioxidant effects.11
About the Author:
Ella Leché is author of Cut the Sugar, You’re Sweet Enough and the founder of Pure Ella, a blog where she shares delicious and nourishing plant-based wheat- and/or gluten-free recipes that uses pure and natural ingredients. Leché uses food to heal her “medically incurable” illness naturally — she believes that you don’t have to sacrifice on taste and the pleasure just to eat healthy.