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You decide: Like all living things, cucumber seeds contain a huge number of substances some of which do things to cells in tissue cultures and so forth. And like everything else it has some vitamins and minerals in it. I would caution you against using this or any other supplement for a specific purpose, especially if you are actually sick. It's your money. ...Read more
Probably not: There is no question that some vegetable materials contain antioxidants and that there are doctors who will recommend these without any evidence of efficacy by appropriate clinical studies. They will probably not hurt you, but if you can prove they cure prostatitis and can market the substance that does it you may become very wealthy. ...Read more
Healthy foods: Cucumbers are one of many vegetables that are part of complete & nutritious dietary plan. It's up to you whether you eat them raw or cooked. You don't have to eat them daily but it's always a good idea to make fruits & vegetables a major portion of your caloric intake. There's plenty of good evidence demonstrating benefit of vegetarian, Mediterranean & DASH diets in long-term health. ...Read more
My husband took a bite of cucumber and then gave the same piece to our 1 year old son. I worry how ok is that?
That's fine: You don't hesitate to mouth-kiss your husband, I hope. Families share common bacteria and Junior has nothing to worry about. I trust he does not have an active fever blister. I'd actually be surprised if even oral gonorrhea could be transmitted in this way, and I trust this is not an issue here. There's no reason for "condom consciousness" in the ordinary, wonderful intimacies of being a family. ...Read more