Sugarcane is native to Papua New Guinea, although it has become a part of crop production of more than half of the world including Africa, Asia and America. It has 36 varieties. It is one of the main crops used in the production of sugar. It is rich in antioxidants, iron, magnesium, potassium, calcium and other electrolyte and has 0 content of fat and cholesterol. You can either eat pieces of sugarcane or drink a glass of sugarcane juice. Below are some health benefits derived from taking sugarcane.
1. Remedy for Jaundice:
This is a condition where you find yellow pigmentation on the skin and membrane due to high level of a substance known as bilirubin in the body fluid and is triggered by poor functioning liver. However, sugarcane juice helps strengthen the liver and also replenish your body with proteins and nutrients that it needs to recover thereby, being a good source of remedy for jaundice.
2. Gives energy:
Sugarcane is rich in protein, iron, carbohydrates, potassium and other essential nutrient which makes it an ideal energy drink. The juice also helps build up plasma and body fluid and also counter dryness and fatigue.
3. Prevents tooth decay and bad breath:
Sugarcane is a good source of minerals such as calcium and phosphorus which help build the teeth enamel. The consistent flow of nutrient prevents decay and strengthen your teeth. Sugarcane juice also helps counter bad breath which is another symptom of nutrient deficiency.
4. Improves digestion:
Sugarcane juice also helps improve digestion. The potassium present in sugarcane juice helps balance the pH level of your stomach and facilitate the secretion of digestive enzymes.
5. Treats sore throat:
Sugarcane juice is rich in vitamin C which makes it a good source of remedy for sore throat. It is also rich in antioxidants that help fight off any viral or bacterial infections.
6. Fights cancer:
Due to the high level of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and manganese, sugarcane juice is alkaline in nature. Along with the presence of flavonoids, it aids the body fight off cancerous cells especially prostate and breast cancer.
7. Weight reduction:
One of the benefits of sugarcane juice is that it helps reduces the low density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol level in the bodies and the natural sugar helps in reducing weight. Being high in soluble fiber, it helps in shedding of weight. In the same vein, by decreasing the cholesterol and triglycerides level, it helps prevent heart diseases.