Sugarcane can be considered the champion among the members of grass family. It contains all natural minerals and vitamins which are exceedingly valuable to our body. Whenever I feel tired and exhausted due to exposure to sun, I look for a glass of delicious sugarcane juice. The chilled juice with a dash of lemon gives a refreshing feeling and helps rehydrate the body quickly. It has very high potency. It not only cools the body but also energises the body with high quality enzymes and proteins. Sugarcane is rich in phosphorus, iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium. Sugarcane juice has been in use for ayurvedic medicines for thousands of years.
Sugarcane contains fewer calories as compared to sugar and also has many health benefits
► Sugarcane juice is good for patients suffering from fibrous disorder, which causes fever and loss of protein. It provides the body with essential nutrients and other food elements.
► Sugarcane juice has relatively low glycemic index which keeps the body’s metabolism healthy and helps maintain a healthy body weight.
► Thin people can gain weight by drinking sugarcane juice. Sugarcane juice is a sound source of carbohydrates which provides energy for the body. The carbohydrates in sugarcane juice are easily absorbed and digested, making it an ideal drink—when you need a quick energy boost. However, an excessive intake of energy can lead to weight gain. So you should moderate your consumption of energy-rich drinks and food unless you want to gain weight.
► To get the best results, like all other fruits sugarcane too should be chewed and eaten. No doubt juice gives instant energy but chewing gives strength to the teeth, gums and also is a good exercise to the jaws. It also keeps us away from all the dental problems.
► It also gives strength to stomach, heart, eyes, brain, and other organs. It even helps maintain free flow of urine and normal function of kidneys.
► It is a wellknown fact that sugarcane juice is the best juice for patients suffering from jaundice, as it speeds up the recovery process of jaundice.
► It is beneficial for people suffering from throat infections, common colds etc. It is alkaline in nature so it helps the body fight against certain cancers like prostrate and breast cancers.
► Sugarcane is considered to be one of the best sources of energy as it provides glucose to the body. This glucose is stored as glycogen and is burned by the muscles whenever energy is required.
► It helps in digestion by breaking up the hard particles of the food. It also has a soothing effect on the inner lining of the stomach (mucosa) as it calms stomach.
► Sugarcane juice also helps in reducing the migraine pain considerably.
► Sugarcane juice helps in reducing the extra heat from the body and controls nose bleed, bleeding from piles etc.
► Sugarcane juice is full of antioxidants that help delay the ageing process.
► It is proved that even kidney stones can be treated by regular consumption of sugarcane juice. As it is diuretic, it helps in removing the stones in the kidney and helps in smooth functioning of the kidney by nourishing the urinary system.
Keeping all the above benefits in mind one should go for sugarcane juice instead of aerated drinks. Even diabetic patients can have it in limited quantity, provided that blood sugar levels are kept under control.
By Nibhanapudi Suguna