All my life I never considered Sugar Cane as anything important, because from where I come from, people have this notion that Sugar Cane is for poor people. I have never come across any rich person(s) with exotic cars stop to buy Sugar Canes, only mostly pedestrians. But while we were looking down on this beautiful nature's gift to man, a lot of people who know the health benefits of Sugar Cane are benefiting greatly from it.
The health benefits of Sugar Cane can never be overemphasised. That is why I want to share with you some of the facts I got from my research on Sugar Cane.
Here in Nigeria, the weather is excessively hot right now and the sun is very intense, which causes fatigue and dehydration. And instead of opting for artificial energy drinks, I juice some Sugar Cane, and it's amazing how fast it rehydrates my body and boosts my energy, and not only that, I also enjoy its health benefits.
Research has it that Sugar cane is rich in calcium, chromium, cobalt, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium and zinc. It also contains iron and vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B3, B5, and B6, along with high concentration of phytonutrients, antioxidants, proteins and soluble fiber. All these nutrients contribute to its nutritive benefits to human healths.
Sugar Cane is good for diabetic patients. Really? Yes, in spite of its high sugar content. It contains natural sugar which has low glycemic index that prevents steep rise in blood glucose levels in diabetics, so it can act as a substitute of aerated drinks for them. But it is advised that Type-2 diabetic patients should consume it in moderation and after consultation with their doctors.
Sugarcane is an alkaline forming food because of its high concentration of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and manganese. Research shows that diseases like cancer cannot survive in an alkaline environment and as such, it is effective in fighting against cancer, especially prostate and breast cancer.
Sugar Cane helps in maintaining the health of the kidney, and also boosts protein levels in the body.
Sugar Cane contains high antioxidants which help to fight against infections and boost the immunity system of the body.
Sugar Cane protects the liver against infections and helps in keeping the bilirubin levels in control. A friend of mine just shared with me that she was advised to administer a very small quantity of sugar cane juice to her newborn that had jaundice, which she did and the jaundice was gone. Sugar cane juice digests easily without much pressure on the liver.
Sugar cane helps in digestion and also a good remedy for treating constipation, because of its high potassium content.
Sugarcane protects against tooth decay and bad breath due to its high mineral content.
Sugar cane juice helps in recovering lost protein.
Sugar Cane helps in keeping the skin hydrated, fights acne, prevents ageing, reduces blemishes.
Sugar Cane also serves as a beauty therapy, because it contains glycolic acid, which is one of the most effective alpha hydroxy acids. You can apply sugar cane juice to your skin and let it dry or add it to your favourite beauty products. I add the juice on my facial mask. It's amazing the glow and youthful effect Sugar Cane juice gives my face.