In the hot summer months, all of us crave for something cool and refreshing to quench the thirst and to wet the dried throat. In such condition, most of the people hastily turn to easily available sodas present in every alternate shop. This will hydrate you at the moment but just think about the magnitude of harm it will do to your body afterward. Have a detailed look at the health hazards of soda.
So, instead of these life-sucking sodas, go for fresh fruit juices which are hydrating as well as nourishing. Sugarcane juice is one of such hydrating, natural and refreshing drink that is healthiest of all. It is naturally sweet to taste and just a glass of this juice refills a new energy in your fatigued body.
India is the world’s second largest producer of sugarcane crop after Brazil. In India during summer months, sugarcane juice carts can be seen on every hook and corner of the streets selling a glass of juice for Rs 10 only.
Vendors insert long sugarcanes into the rolling juice extracting machine and the green colored juice that comes out looks so refreshing and quenching. They add half a lemon juice and a pinch of black salt and black pepper to the glass of sugarcane juice and serve it chilled. It makes for such a beautiful sight and the juice is not only sweet and delicious to drink but also full of many nourishing nutrients and minerals.
Sugarcane juice is used to make sugar crystals which are widely used throughout the world in almost all dishes. Brazil mainly uses the sugarcane to make alcohol products. But in India sugarcane is used to make a variety of products like Jaggery (Gud), Khand (unrefined powdered sugar) and chemically processed sugar crystals.
Ayurveda has stated a number of benefits of sugarcane juice and is widely consumed throughout India as thirst quenching refreshing drink and also as a treatment for many diseases.
Here is the list of benefits of sugarcane juice:
1. Improves digestion
Sugarcane juice has high potassium levels that aids in the digestion. It keeps the stomach acid in a balanced amount and thus stomach remains in good shape digesting the food properly.
All the problems related to digestion like gas, acidity, stomach burn and flatulence are reduced due to its alkaline properties. It also relieves the person from constipation.
2. Energy drink
Sugarcane juice is one of the most refreshing juicy drinks that revitalizes your body and mind. It is very refreshing and a natural coolant which gives you respite from the scorching summer heat. It replenishes a lot of nutrients like magnesium, potassium, calcium and many other nutrients in the body, making it a complete energy drink.
When you feel fatigued and your body slumps down in hot summers then a glass of sugarcane juice replenishes the body fluids and thus keeps you hydrated.
3. Helps in weight loss
Sugarcane juice has 0 % cholesterol level. It has no fats at all and it is the most healthy thing one can drink.
Zero cholesterol make it ideal for those wanting to lose weight. They get all the nutrient and energy requirements of the body with no extra fat accumulation in the body.
4. Avoids kidney stones
Sugarcane juice is a natural diuretic which means that it helps in the increased passing of urine. This fast and more excretion of urine has two benefits. Firstly, the continuous passing excretes any bacteria and virus present in the urethra, thus avoiding Urinary Tract Infection (UTI).
Secondly, increased urine passing also removes the kidney stones from the body.
5. Prevents cancer
Cancer is a deadly disease with no definite cure. But to everyone’s surprise, a recent research has proved that flavonoids and various alkalines (potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese and iron) present in sugarcane juice can prevent the multiplying of cancer cells in the body.
Cancer cells do not thrive in the alkaline environment and thus a glass of sugarcane juice daily would not allow cancer cells to take root in the body.
6. Treats diabetes
Sugarcane juice itself contains a 30 gm of natural sugar. Thus there’s no need to add more artificial sugar. Also, it has a low glycemic index which makes it safe for the diabetic patient.
Sugarcane juice consists of sucrose, fructose and other glucose. Consume it in limited quantities in consultation with your doctor only.
7. Avoids heart disease
Zero cholesterol level of sugarcane juice keeps the heart in good condition. The heart works in perfect synchronization with the whole body. Any heart-related issue and probability of heart stroke are eliminated from your life.
8. Glowing skin
All of us adopt many daily beauty regimes and natural solutions to keep the skin healthy and glowing. Sugarcane juice is one of those natural solutions which helps keep the skin healthy, free of blemishes, wrinkle free and avoids acne.
A glass of sugarcane juice a day after the meals hydrates the skin and maintains the youthful glow intact.
9. Boosts immunity
Our body gets frequently attacked by infections that cause fever, common cold and flu. The immune system needs to be strong t fight against these infections. The antioxidants present in sugarcane juice boosts the immunity and provide proteins to the body to protect us from these infections.
10. Good for liver
Zero fats and cholesterol keeps the liver safe from unwanted fat deposits which result in liver enlargement. Additionally, according to Ayurveda, sugarcane juice also restores the strength of the liver and aids in its proper functioning.
Additionally, according to Ayurveda, sugarcane juice also restores the strength of the liver and aids in its proper functioning. Thus it is very beneficial for jaundice which is caused due to the improper functioning of the liver.
11. Keeps teeth safe
Sugarcane juice has all the required minerals to avoid tooth decay. So, a glass per day keeps the teeth shiny white and strong too.