Sugar cane juice benefits

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:

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)

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  1. Kunwar Singh says:

    Dear Dr Hebbar,

    As it is difficult to produce sugarcane juice at home on a regular basis, people mostly drink it from the road side stalls since it is readily available to them without bothering to understand the unhygienic and ill effect of the same. The road side sugarcane juice is never healthy since sugarcanes are always exposed to dust and flies. People enjoy drinking sugarcane juice to quench their thrust because it is very sweet in taste and it becomes quite delicious after making it chilled by adding some ice pieces in the glass.

    Instead of drinking sugarcane juice from the unhealthy atmosphere, it would be a better choice if thick and dark brownish coloured fresh sugarcane could be brought home and cut into small pieces by removing the outer hard skin and cleaned properly with water before chewing them. Chewing few pieces on empty stomach before meal or in between the meals would be safe decision instead of drinking sugarcane juice from road side.

    Best regards,
    Kunwar Singh

    • dileep kumar says:


      Wud like to know is a sugar patient can use Coconut water and sugar cane?Waiting 4 ur valuble advice..

      • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

        If the blood sugar level is well under control, half a cup of coconut water is fine. But sugarcane juice is unacceptable.

        • Dr. Hebbar, you do not have your facts right. My wife has type 2 diabetes and she has sugarcane juice regularly. It is even recommended by doctors because sugarcane juice does not have simple sugars. Please get your facts right before giving your useless advice.

          • Durgesh kumar says:

            U are sir I agree with u some people like mr. Hebbar I don’t know what they study and they themselves don’t know and tried to become expert and superior jus becoz they get medical degree ….paise de degree walo ko kabi medical science samjh me ati b nai or aise uth ptang facts or suggestion dete rehte …
            Dr dk sharma
            Food and nutrition specialist

    • Anand Nigam says:

      You both are right. Kunwar ji, you are absolutely right. But since i came to mumbai I found that most of the sugercane juice vendor keep the sugercane in dry cool place avoding dust and sunlight, Before taking jiuce they peel it lightly and they give it with ice and without ice. I usually prefer to go without ice and i recomment people too to use it without ice. I intake once in a day 100-150 ml. Now a days i am searchig if there is any drawback of taking cane juice. I appreciate your comments

      • Kunwar Singh says:

        Dear Mr Nigam,

        Thanks for accepting my views on sugarcane juice. Although, the roadside sugarcane vendors do scratch the canes to remove the toxicity from the surface but they are never washed properly with water and since they are kept in open space, they always gather dust and canes being sweet in nature, the vendors can’t control flies to sit on the canes and refrain them from making the cane dirty. Sugarcane juice is best tonic for liver but since the flies keep attacking the canes, I would suggest that drinking sugarcane juice from the open roadside outlets should be avoided to save the liver from getting damage from severe complications.

  2. Dear Sir,

    Thanks and God Bless U for this Valuable website and Aurveda Consciousness.

  3. Excuse me sir, why dont u suggest sugarcane juice for diabetic patients?

    please see this,.

    • Thanks for the information. Yes, plain sugar cane juice, in very low dose of half a cup a day, without adding sugar is tolerated well with diabetes patients, as it has a very low glycemic index. It does not even cause weight gain.

    • Sir, Does sugarcane juice helps in weight reduction….and with what combination does it help? can you pls suggest.
      and how is it useful for diabetic patients as my mother is diabetic for more than 11 yrs and she takes insulin 100 units all the 3 times

      • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

        Sugarcane juice is not usually advised for the purpose of weight reduction and for diabetes.
        Exercise, proper dose of medicine, active lifestyle, good diet control and inclusion of few herbs like Triphala and Amla are few methods to keep both diabetes and weight under control.

  4. what is the relation between constipation and acidity and sugar cane juice . ?

  5. i m having pitta dosha nd i am very thin so can i have sugar cane juice to gain weight and remove my pitta dosha

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Being thin is more a contribution of Vata. Please consider visiting your Ayurvedic doctor.
      As a general suggestion, yes, you can have sugar cane juice to gain weight. regards

  6. syed riazur rahman says:

    yours information on sugar cane juice is very infomative help full to diabetic persons. pl keep giving much information about goodness of sugar cane and sugarcane juice regards rahman.

  7. Sir, most beleive that drinking sugarcane juice wil gain weight. Do it really add weight if we drink it once or twice a month

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      If we drink it as rarely as couple of times a month, sugarcane juice might not contribute much to weight gain.

  8. Does it help in migraine?

  9. Sir you said Sugar cane juice will help in maintaining body weight & also it has low calories,so How will it increase the body weight? Please clarify my doubt.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      when compared to sugar, sugar cane is less in calories. Compared to sugar, sugarcane has many health benefits as explained above. So, sugar cane is lower in calories, when compared to sugar, but still can help gain body weight.

  10. Sir,

    Does drinking sugar cane juice induce periods and make them regularize?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      It is not very effective in doing so. It may reduce pain during menstruation. There are better Ayurvedic products for regularizing periods. Consult your Ayurvedic doctor for a detailed analysis.

  11. Sir my father is a diabetic patient, so how much quantity & at what interval he can drink cane juice.And also when his sugar level is not under control can he consume fruits in small quantity.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      It is better for diabetics to avoid sugarcane juice. Fruits with less sugar like Musambi – half a fruit, orange – half a fruit etc can be taken by diabetics, provided the blood sugar levels are under control

  12. Both article and answers to user queries are very helpful.


  13. Deepan Sivasankar says:

    Dear Friend,

    I drink sugarcane juice without ice in afternoon.. is it helps to digest some hard foods in stomach..

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      It would help in easy breaking of hard particles. Sugarcane juice also has soothing effect over the stomach inner lining (mucosa). It calms stomach.

  14. sir i want to know whether it will help to increase HB, because at present i have 8 gm hb

  15. is sugarcane juice god for proteinuria

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      No definitive scientific research exists about efficacy of sugarcane in proteinurea.

  16. sir sugarcane juice is healthy..but should we drink it from roadside vendor or not because its very unhygine..lots of flies are there and dust..if its not healthy from roadside vendor then how to drink sugarcane cant be produced at home

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Sugarcane juice from road side vendor is of course not very hygienic. But nowadays, even in small cities, you get juice centers selling sugarcane juice. They are placed relatively distantly from the road side. We can see the quality of the sugarcane that they use, very easily and they are better as per my opinion. 🙂

  17. Thanks Dear, For sharing such a useful information.
    I enjoy this natural drink in summer weather specially. for me it is best drink to keep my body cool and energetic.

  18. This is very useful information. I love to drink sugarcane juice. I didn’t know it is also a natural diuretic. Thanks.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Everyday there is news in the newspapers about harmful effects of soda. Sugarcane is a perfect substitute to Soda. Read this article to know about the benefits of sugarcane juice.

  20. is sugarcane juice good in any season such as winter & rainy

  21. sir,Is there any side effects,if suppose drinking sugar cane juice in night?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      It increases Kapha. It is not ideal to drink sugarcane juice at night, if you have respiratory diseases, indigestion / obesity. Ideally morning or afternoon is the right time.

  22. Hi Dr. Does it reduces weight, if we consume sugarcane juice in the morning before breakfast every day?… Thank you very much in advance….

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, it does not contribute to weight reduction, even taken on empty stomach in the morning.

      • Sir plz give me the solution or home remedies for constipation .I m suffering from last one year. can I include banana in my daily diet even I have constipation.

        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

          Yes, you can.
          1. a banana at night.
          2. Include fiber rich food in your diet – corn (bran), Cauliflower, raisins, cabbage, berries, green leafy vegetables, celery, beans, guava, figs, flax seed, spinach, orange, mushroom.
          3. Drink a cup of warm milk at bed time.
          4. Avoid excessive spicy food, heavy non veg, and fried food.

  23. om parkash says:

    sir. is sugar cane juice best for a heart patient

  24. thanks sir,good article
    but can you help me that is sugarcane usefull for cholestrol and acidity people.even diabeties.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, Sugarcane is useful to relieve hyper-acidity.
      It is low in fat content, hence can be sued in people with high cholesterol.
      But it is best to avoid in diabetics, because it increase blood sugar levels.

  25. Will one healthy 40 aged man become a diabetic as a result of daily use of 150ml sugarcane juice?

  26. Sakasra Karthikeyan says:

    Whenever I am taking sugarcane juice within two days I am receiving burns in my mouth. And sometimes loose motion also happening. Can you please provide your opinion on that ?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      May be the quality of the sugar cane or the machine used for making it is, not of good quality.

  27. Why is sugar cane juice virya is sheetal whereas the jaggery’s is hot?

  28. Hello sir, can sugarcane juice be applied on kids chest for chest congestion?

  29. Sir is it ok that i will drink sugarcane in the morning with empty stomach?thank you

  30. Sir,
    Whenever I take sugarcane juice I fell sleeply, i f I sleep after drinking I may get sleep of 5 hours…kindly provide me solution

  31. pooja Ajay Kumar says:

    Sir my friend she is pcod patient her question is she can have sugarcane juice ?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Yes but in very small amounts. Excess sugar or sweet drinks and foods are not ideal on pcos

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