Sugarcane is scientifically known as Saccharum officinarum (Nigerian local names are Rakke in hausa, ireke in yoruba and okpete in igbo). The plant belongs to (Poaceae) the grass family, It is available at a very cheap price for everyone so anyone can achieve its numerous beneficial properties to our health.
Sugarcane is usually chewed using the teeth and the juice sucked out, also the juice can be extracted by crushing the peeled sugarcane in the machine and compressed.
Sugarcane was first originated in the New Guinea, from there it was distributed all parts of the world.
Scientific Name – Saccharum officinarum
Family – Poaceae
Origin – Papua New Guinea
Commercially, sugarcane is grown in many countries of the world including South Asia, Southeast Asia, Brazil, Nigeria, Latin America etc. Sugarcane juice is one of the most common drinking juice in Nigeria and its even been neglected. In this post we will show you the health benefits of sugarcane so many people don’t know.
Health Benefits Of Sugarcane
Sugarcane contains combination of natural sugars like the glucose, sucrose and fructose.
1. Increases Muscle Power
Sugarcane provides natural glucose to the body, which is necessary for maintaining the body’s muscle power.
2. Strengthens Major Body Organs
The sweet juice assists to a great level in strengthening the major organs such as the eyes, stomach, heart, kidneys, mind, sex organs and many other organs if used regularly.
3. Helps Women Conceive faster
Women who are trying to conceive can indulge in having a glass of Sugarcane Juice daily because of its high folic acid content.
4. Rehydrates The Body
Sugarcane quenches thirst by rehydrating the body thus known as the instant body booster and used by athletes.
5. Treats Fever
It is useful for a person suffering from fever and prevents protein loss in the body.
6. Treats Jaundice Effectively
Sugarcane Juice is very helpful in the treatment of jaundice, it provides instant recovery from jaundice by maintaining the glucose level in the body.
7. Best Remedy for Sore Throat
Sugarcane Juice is considered as the best home remedy for treating sore throat and flu.
8. Regulates Digestive System Functioning
It is a very good energy drink for the well being of the digestive system.
9. Boosts Immune System
Sugarcane juice has lots of antioxidants which makes body immune system stronger to fight against liver infections as well as normalizes the bilirubin level in the body.
10. Treats Constipation
Sugarcane provides help in treating constipation due to its high potassium level.
11. Promotes Wound Healing
Sugarcane has a type of sugar called “sucrose”,which helps in healing wounds as well as boosting the immune system.
12. Help Prevent Heart Diseases
This sweet plant helps prevent heart diseases and strokes as it decreases the bad body cholesterol level and triglycerides.
13. Sugarcane Treats various Diseases
Taking Sugarcane juice with lime juice or coconut water helps in treating dysuria (burning sensation while passing urine), prostatitis, kidney stones, STD (sexually transmitted disease) and urinary tract infections.
Sugarcane also assists in other problems like hyper acidity, cystitis, enlarged prostate, gonorrhea, nephritis.
14. Prevents Cancer
Sugarcane juice is alkaline in nature, it helps in fighting various types of cancer like prostate and breast cancer.
15. Promotes Bone Growth
Sugarcane juice is helpful in the growth and development of the bones because of its calcium and phosphorous contents.
16. Prevents Anemia
Sugar is very useful for people suffering from anemia as it has good amount of iron which enhances the Hb level in the body.
17. Rich Source of Antioxidants
Sugarcane juice has an antioxidant property because of its flavonoid and phenolic compounds availability which works as an anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti-allergic, anti-tumor agents and prevents body from various forms of diseases.
18. Prevents from DNA Damage
Its antioxidants property protects us from the radiation induced DNA damage as well as from the oxidative degradation of the cellular lipids or fats. It also fights with the free radicals and prevents ageing.
19. Rich Source of Live Enzymes
Freshly prepared juice of the sugarcane has different live enzymes as well as nutrients which gets absorbed by the body and nourishes the body.
20. Treats Kidney Disorders
Drinking fresh sugarcane juice is enough amount helps in treating kidney disorders and other urinary problems.
Benefits of Sugarcane Juice for Live in Jaundice Case
Sugarcane juice is very beneficial for one of the major organ of the body called liver as it helps in treating the jaundice which is a liver function disorder. Jaundice causes yellow pigmentation of the skin and skin membranes because of the increased level of bile pigment called bilirubin. Bile pigment level increases due to poor liver functions or obstructed bile ducts. During jaundice, it has become very necessary to bring bilirubin level up to the normal as well as normalize the liver functioning which requires lots of medicine and home remedies.
To get fast recovery from the jaundice and liver functioning disorders, sugarcane juice acts as a best home remedy for such ailments. Some of the benefits are mentioned below:
1. Strengthens Liver
It acts as natural high energetic drink having refined sugar of low glycemic index which helps in strengthening the liver.
2. Treats Acidity
Sugarcane juice is alkaline in nature which helps in maintaining the acid-base balance and treating acidity.
3. Maintains Protein in Body
It fulfills the requirement of protein which was lost during the jaundice fever.
4. provides Fast Recovery
The sweet juice provides faster recover from the jaundice. Dosage, a glass of sugarcane juice 2-3 times a day.
Benefits of Sugarcane Juice for Weight Loss
Sugarcane juice can help you loss weight in many ways. Here are some of the benefits below:
1. Reduces Weight
As sugarcane juice reduces the bad cholesterol level in the body and has natural sugar thus helps in reducing the weight.
Its high soluble fibers content aids a lot in the weight management strategy.
2. Removes Body Toxins
Sugarcane juice cleanses our body, improves the metabolism and detoxifies our body by eliminating all the toxins from the body which aids a lot in the gradual weight loss process.
Benefits of Sugarcane Juice for Diabetes
1. Maintains Sugar Level
Sugarcane is a natural sweetener which does not require other sugar to make it sweet thus beneficial for the diabetic person which does not involves in disturbing the sugar levels of the body.
2. Has Low Glycemic Index
Sugarcane juice is beneficial for diabetic patients as it has very low glycemic index.
Benefits of Sugarcane Juice During Pregnancy
1. Increases Hb Level and Prevents Baby from Birth Defects
Because of its iron and folates contents it is very beneficial for the pregnant women. It enhances the Hb level in the pregnant women as well as prevents the unborn baby from variety of birth defects.
Benefits of Sugarcane Juice for Skin
1. Prevents from Ageing
Sugarcane juice has antioxidant property as it has flavonoids and phenolic compounds which makes the skin healthy, shiny, soft, supple, fair as well as prevents from early ageing and wrinkles.
2. Moisturizes the Skin
Sugarcane rehydrates and moisturizes the body thus making the skin soft and bright.
Nutritional Benefits of Sugarcane Juice per 1 oz (28.35 g)
(Source: USDA Nutrient database)