Would you have imagined that the glass of sugarcane juice that we indulge during summer to cool off is also an amazing health booster? Yes, our very own humble sugarcane is loaded with iron, zinc, calcium, phosphorous, potassium, vitamin A, C, B complex, proteins and carbohydrates, just to name a few! It is also rich in dietary fibre, magnesium, thiamine, riboflavin, amino acids and several other anti-oxidants. Today we’ve curated the host of health benefits you can get from sugarcane, to encourage you to pamper yourself with the yummy juice even more!
Health Benefits of Sugarcane Juice
- Energy Boost: The natural sugar supply of sugarcane juice gives you the energy to kick start your day anytime.
- Cavities: Sugarcane juice is rich in calcium and phosphorous that helps keep our enamel healthy and protects teeth against decay.
- Kidney Stone: The diuretic nature of sugarcane juice helps prevent urinary tract infections and kidney stones.
- Bad breath: Sugarcane juice helps fight bad breath that is caused by mineral deficiency.
- Jaundice: In the texts of Ayurveda, the juice of sugarcane is said to strengthen the liver, prevent liver infections and regulate bilirubin levels. It is a recommended remedy to treat jaundice.
- Digestion: The potassium content of the juice helps keep the digestive system working smoothly. It is also helpful in constipation.
- Supple skin: The alpha hydroxyl acids in sugarcane juice reduces acne and blemishes. It helps in keeping your skin supple and delays ageing. You can also add it to your facemasks and scrubs for a radiant glow.
- Immunity: The Vitamin C and Antioxidants aid our body in fighting off respiratory infections and lowers inflammation.
- Wound Healing: The rich supply of sucrose speeds up wound healing.
- Acidity: Sugarcane juice is alkaline in nature, the opposite of an acid. It can relieve heartburn and acidity, help your stomach heal and restore the acid-base balance.
- Strong bones: The wealth of minerals like iron, potassium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus play a vital role in building strong bones. Sugarcane juice lowers the risk of osteoporosis as you age.
- Pregnancy: Sugarcane juice has traces of folic acid which is a very needed element during pregnancy. Also, sugarcane juice minimizes ovulation problems, helping increase the chances of conception.
- Fits: Also known as febrile convulsions, it is common in children under 5 years to get fits during high fever. Sugarcane juice is extremely helpful in restoring the lost protein because of fits.
- Cancer: The flavonoids in sugarcane juice deter breast and prostate cancer.
- Sore throat: Vitamin C in the juice helps soothe irritation in your throat.
- DNA damage: The abundant antioxidants in sugarcane juice lowers the oxidative stress in the body and prevents oxidative degradation of cellular lipids and fats, controlling DNA damage.
- Weight loss: The high amount of soluble fibres in sugarcane juice helps reduce the bad cholesterol in the body, helping in weight management.
- Heart Health: The bad cholesterol reducing property is also immensely useful in keeping your heart hale and healthy.
- Energy Drink: Studies conducted with athletes showed that a glass of sugarcane juice after a workout helped them rehydrate and restore energy reserves in muscles, as effective as a sports drink. The natural electrolytes and quality carbs aid in fighting fatigue.
Words of caution
There is no major allergy risk or adverse side effects in drinking sugarcane juice, but you do have to keep an eye on the conditions your juice is prepared in.
Buying a chill cuppa from a roadside stall is the easiest option, but the sweet yummy goodness also attracts germs just like it woos us. Pick a clean stall and ask for freshly prepared juice and drink within 15 minutes or refrigerate within 15 minutes.
Even good foods have their limits. It is not advisable to have more than a glass of sugarcane juice in a day. You can have 2 if you have jaundice.
Home-made sugarcane juice
What you need
- Quarter lemon
- One sugarcane
- 1 tbsp. chopped ginger
- Black salt
How to Make
Peel the sugarcane and chop into small pieces. Add the chopped sugarcane and ginger to the blender and blend into a fine juice. Strain the fibres out and squeeze lemon to the filtered juice. Store in the refrigerator and serve chilled.
You can also add sugarcane juice to other fruit juices to make healthy mocktails. Coconut water, watermelon juice, mosambi juice and pomegranate juice are especially yummy choices.
Storing the long stalks as a whole is quite challenging. Buying them pre-cut into smaller pieces is handy for refrigerating. Rinse the sugarcane well and wrap each end with plastic wrap before stashing them into the fridge. You can also rubber bands to hold your plastic wraps in place. Sugar cane can be store this way for 2 weeks.