Sugar Cane, Sugarcane, Ko, Saccharum officinarum
Sugar cane is a tall perennial grass native to warm temperatures and tropical regions of South Asia. Sugar cane can grow up to 6 to 12 feet, with woody, bamboo-like stems and silver, feathery flower spikelets.A canoe plant, Sugarcane was brought to Hawaii by Polynesian settlers as a food, medicine and tool source. In its raw form, Sugarcane is extremely healing and a beneficial source of micro and macro nutrients. Full of antioxidants and active enzymes, Sugarcane provides a full-spectrum energy boost and immune enhancement. Contrary to common belief, Sugarcane is actually beneficial for oral health, reducing cavities, gingivitis and strengthening the teeth. It helps eliminate free radicals, while simultaneously providing the body with anti-aging compounds. Sugarcane also imparts specific compounds that make nutrients in other foods more bioavailable. It is when Sugarcane is processed, bleached and stripped of its natural composition that it becomes a health risk instead of a health aid.