Cucumber is commercially cultivated worldwide as seasonal fruit and its fruits, seeds, and leaves have been explored for their therapeutic benefits from the old ages. Cucumber fruits contain many phytochemicals that exhibit various pharmacological beneficial activities. Cucumbers (and cucumber extracts) have long been recognized as having anti-inflammatory properties, and its use as a skin soothing and healing properties is, probably, the most famous application.
Traditional medicine already reported the anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of cucumber. Today, cucumber extract obtained using the most modern purification technology does exhibit new exciting properties.
The cucumber extract has been the subject of intense scientific screening culminating in a double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial. A USA based study showed cucumber’s ability to enhance muscle recovery, reduce the inflammatory biomarkers and improve exercise performance. The post-training recovery period was reduced and this translated into enhanced muscle strength, allowing for longer and more frequent workouts.
Any physical activity is linked to some inflammatory response and an increase in inflammatory and oxidative stress markers. More so in endurance sports and strenuous exercise training where the increased load and demand on muscle and joints can produce acute and chronic inflammation states. It has also been scientifically documented that the action of inflammatory mediators slows the post-exercise recovery, reduce muscle strength and impair subsequent efforts to train.
When it comes to sports nutrition with a pure botanical extract from cucumber, Crownhealth was the first company to introduce a sports nutrition range based on scientific evidence proving positive effects of cucumber in endurance sports like marathon, triathlon, swimrun, ultra cycling etc.
Simona Ino, CEO of the Swiss-based company says: "ActidoTM is a proprietary cucumber botanical extract that performs a strong soothing action and through University lead research it has been possible to link its efficacy to the reduction of the TNF-α expression".
The discussed effects of cucumber are particularly positive for endurance athletes as the extract does improve their ability to train and recover. Non–athletes and the general population suffering from similar phenomena might also gain benefits from regular assumptions of pure cucumber extracts.