Sugarcane, or Saccharum officinarum, is a perennial grass that is the primary source of sugar across the world. Sugarcane juice, extracted by pressing the sugarcane, is consumed as such or with a pinch of salt and lemon juice in it. The nutrient value of a glass of sugarcane juice depends upon the variety of the plant and the soil type. However, along with sugars such as sucrose, sugarcane juice also consists of minerals such as potassium and magnesium, amino acids, vitamin B3 and organic acids, and may have immense health benefits for people suffering from a variety of conditions.
Free radicals are atoms and molecules with unpaired electrons that are formed as a result of various oxygen-mediated metabolic processes in the body. The free radicals are responsible for a variety of diseases and conditions, such as cancer and aging, as they interact with important cellular components such as the DNA and cell membranes and destroy the cells. Antioxidants are compounds that have the ability to neutralize these free radicals. Apart from vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotenoids, sugarcane juice also, according to a study published in the February 2008 edition of "Food Chemistry," exhibits antioxidant properties that help prevent radiation-induced DNA damage and oxidative degradation of cellular lipids and fats, thereby protecting various organs in the body, such as the kidneys, heart, stomach, brain and sex organs.
Jaundice is the yellow pigmentation of the skin and membranes caused by elevated levels of billirubin in the body fluids and occurs due to poor liver function or blocked bile ducts. The website Home Remedies recommends one glass of fresh and clean sugarcane juice mixed with lime, two times a day to help relieve jaundice and speed recovery.
According to the Natural Home Remedies website, sugarcane juice mixed with lime juice and coconut water may help alleviate the burning sensation, or dysuira, associated with urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted diseases, kidney stones and prostatitis. Sugarcane juice may also help treat scanty urination by promoting clear urine flow and proper kidney function.
A review article published in a 2010 edition of the “Journal of Herbal Medicine and Toxicology” recommends liberal intake of sugarcane juice to replace proteins lost during certain febrile disorders such as fever.
Instant Energy Source
The sugars in sugarcane juice can be digested quickly by the body to produce instant energy. Sugarcane juice can also hydrate the body and is especially effective in summer months. GreenHerbalRemedies.com states that although sugarcane juice has high sugar content, it is good for diabetic patients due its low glycemic index.
- Food Chemistry; Antioxidant Activity in Sugarcane Juice and Its Protective Role Against Radiation Induced DNA Damage; U.S. Kadam et al
- Home Remedies: Jaundice
- Natural-HomeRemedies.org: How to Stop Burning Sensation When Urinating
- Green Herbal Remedies: Know Sugarcane Better
- Journal of Herbal Medicine and Toxicology: Sugarcane in Therapeutics; J. Karthikeyan and S. Sankar Samipillai
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