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According to various sources such as Power Juices and Super Drinks by Steve Meyerowitz, cucumber juice is beneficial for both skin and hair.
The cucumber is high in silica which is a mineral which strengthens connective tissue, and is good for tendons, muscles, cartilage, bones, and ligaments. It is reported that silica is also good for skin elasticity, fingernails, complexion, and hair loss.
It is important to use cucumbers which do not require peeling because you lose much of the silica and other beneficial properties if you remove the skin. It is best to use organic cucumbers or non-waxed cucumbers such as Kirby cucumbers or English cucumbers. Wheatgrass juice is also said to be good for both skin and hair.
According to the book Fresh Vegetables and Fruit Juices, drinking juice composed of carrot, lettuce and spinach will nourish the roots and nerves of hair thereby stimulating growth. Also recommend is a combination of carrot, lettuce, green pepper and alfalfa juice. Further information can be found in books such as Juicing For Life by Cherie Calbom & Maureen Keane and The Juicing Book by Stephen Blauer.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|