Blackstrap Molasses Benefits
Molasses is a by-product of the process used to turn sugar cane or sugar beets into sugar. The quality of the molasses depends on the age of the cane or beet, the amount of sugar that has been extracted, and the method used for the extraction. The blackstrap molasses benefits occur because unlike refined sugars, blackstrap molasses contains trace amounts of vitamins and significant amounts of several minerals. Blackstrap molasses is a source of calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron. All grades of molasses may be sulfured or un-sulfured.
Molasses Health Benefits
Many people claim that the benefits of blackstrap molasses are wonderful. One benefit in particular seems to be the reversal of gray hair growth, perhaps partly due to the copper content, as copper deficiency can lead to prematurely gray hair. Copper plays a role in a wide range of body processes including the efficient use of iron, the elimination of free radicals, the development of bone and connective tissue, and the production of the skin and hair pigment called melanin.
Here are more of the health benefits of molasses:
- Because blackstrap is an alkaline food, it helps balance the body’s ph level which is a deterrent to illnesses such as cancer and can cure yeast infections.
- Blackstrap is good for skin anomalies and helps with spinal cord function.
- Blackstrap is also good for calming the nerves, anemia (many women have found great relief during their monthly cycles, lessening blood flow, length of their cycles and alleviating severe menstrual cramps and associated leg cramps), eczema, constipation, psoriasis, fatigue (it provides more natural energy), fingernails and hair.
- It has been touted to relieve headaches and general body aches within ½ hour of use.
- Many people claim weight loss and the reduction of cellulite from using blackstrap molasses.
- Blackstrap molasses can be particularly beneficial for pregnant women or vegans and vegetarians to help maintain their iron levels.
Tips on How to Ingest your Blackstrap Molasses:
- Take blackstrap molasses in warm vanilla soy or rice/almond/oat milk. It tastes like melted caramel.
- A tablespoon in a cold glass of milk tastes similar to chocolate milk.
- Use a couple of teaspoons of blackstrap molasses to sweeten your morning cereal and the coffee or tea you drink during the day.
- Mix a tablespoon in water for constipation.
- It can be mixed with organic apple juice.
- Use it as your “chocolate syrup” with a bowl of vanilla ice cream and a banana.
- You can whip up a health drink, using soy milk or dairy milk, molasses, tahini, wheat germ, a banana and a teaspoon of vanilla.
- You can mix it with peanut butter on toast.
As you can see, the benefits of molasses and more specifically, blackstrap molasses are quite varied. Many people just take it “straight up” from a spoon (if they don’t mind the taste). In many instances, it is recommended to use un-sulfured, organic molasses in order to garner the most blackstrap molasses benefits. As always, get your health tips from your primary care physician, do your research and buy quality products for best results.