Sugar cane juice is probably the most popular and widely consumed juice here in India. An interesting fact is that it is in use since thousands of years. In Ayurveda, sugar cane juice, and its other derivatives such as jaggery is used in many formulations including lehyams (herbal jams), Asava, Arishta etc. Let us know what are its benefits.
Sugarcane juice benefits:
Sugar cane juice is nourishing, it is a natural diuretic.
Sugarcane is cold in nature. So Sugar cane juice is one of the best natural coolant drink.
Sugar cane slightly increases Kapha Dosha and calms Pitta Dosha.
Sugarcane juice has a low glycemic index, which keeps the body’s metabolism healthy and helps maintain a healthy body weight. Roughly one teaspoon of raw sugar contains only eleven calories. (Source: ehow.com)
Sugarcane is rich in Phosphorus, calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. Sugarcane is an alkalizing substance, and therefore is beneficial at fighting cancer. Studies have shown that it has proven an effective at fighting prostate and breast cancer cells. Furthermore, it is exceptionally beneficial for rehydration as it not only cools the body but also energizes with a high quantity of useful carbohydrates and protein. The nutrients found in sugarcane are beneficial to inner organ functioning, including the kidneys, heart and brain.
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For whom Sugar cane juice suits best?
Sugar cane juice is ideal for those who are
– who often suffer from burning sensation all over the body
– who suffer from burning sensation when urinating
– who are tired due to excess sun exposure, during summer.
– who have Pitta body type and Vata body type.
वृष्यः शीतः सरः स्निग्धो बृंहणो मधुरो रसः|
श्लेष्मलो भक्षितस्येक्षोर्यान्त्रिकस्तु विदह्यते||२३७||
शैत्यात् प्रसादान्माधुर्यात् पौण्ड्रकाद्वंशको वरः|२३८|
vṛṣyaḥ śītaḥ saraḥ snigdho bṛṃhaṇo madhuro rasaḥ|
śleṣmalo bhakṣitasyekṣoryāntrikastu vidahyate||237||
śaityāt prasādānmādhuryāt pauṇḍrakādvaṃśako varaḥ|238| – Charaka Samhita Sutrasthana 27
When taken by chewing, sugarcane juice is
Vrushya – aphrodisiac
Sheeta – cold
Sara – laxative, promotes movement of liquids in channels
Snigdha – unctuous, oily
Brumhana – improves nourishment
Madhura – sweet
Shleshmala – increases Kapha
But the machine pressed juice causes burning sensation (indigestion).
Paundraka type of sugarcane (near to white colour) is superior to Vamshaka is also good.
Sugar cane juice is not ideal for
For those having Kapha body type
When to take Sugar cane juice?
The best time to take sugar cane juice is the afternoon, when Pitta Dosha is predominant. It is better to avoid it during night.
Ayurvedic medicines with sugarcane as ingredient:
|Maharajaprasarini thailam – used in pain due to neuro – muscular origin, as in spondylosis.
Parushakadi Lehyam – used in gastritis.
Nalikerasavam – used as aphrodisiac.
For plants to flower in all seasons:
Mixture of Sesame oil cakes, Vidanga (Embelia ribes), sugar cane juice and cow dung is sprinkled to the root of a plant. This practice enables flowering of the plant in all the seasons. (Reference: Vriksha Ayurveda)