On January 15, 1919, a 58-foot tanker truck filled with 2.5 million gallons of molasses spilled onto the streets of Boston. It was 43 degrees that day and the 30-foot tidal wave of molasses, called the Great Molasses Flood, was recorded as moving about 25 to 30 miles per hour. Thus, creating the phrase, “Slow as molasses in January.”
Unlike the speed of molasses that January day, the important information regarding the health benefits of blackstrap molasses is spreading quickly — very quickly. Blackstrap molasses is created by crushing sugar cane to get the juice out, then after three rounds of boiling, what’s left is a thick goo, aka nutrient rich blackstrap molasses.
Some of the nutrients found in blackstrap are:
- Manganese — two teaspoons of blackstrap molasses provides 18% of this enzyme; needed to help synthesis the fatty acids the nervous system needs.
- Copper — a trace mineral that helps in bone and tissue development and how the body absorbs iron. It is key in producing melanin; needed for skin and hair color.
- Iron — one of the minerals that builds hemoglobin or red blood cells. These carry oxygen throughout your body and helps the body process metabolism and produces energy.
- Calcium — essential for teeth, bone, and the proper contraction of muscles and the heart. It helps with the transmission of nerve impulses, blood clotting, and works with iron to do so.
- Chromium —only a small amount is needed to help regulate blood sugar, enhance muscle mass, and control cholesterol.
- Potassium and selenium — an electrolyte and mineral needed for healthy blood pressure and metabolism.
- B-vitamins — as a combo, these are good for maintaining health and a good energy source.
Because of all the great nutrients listed above, blackstrap molasses is thought of as a health tonic with the following benefits:
- Combats iron deficiency anemia
- Reduces menstrual pain
- Ease constipation
- Increase energy
- Strengthens bones
- Manage stress anxiety
- Help with acne, eczema and wound care
- Help with drying, thinning or graying hair
Because blackstrap has a high glycemic index, it should only be used moderately. Even those with active lifestyles should first determine if they have the necessary enzymes to absorb fructose. Also, some report side effects opposite of the intended benefits. These include: weight gain, increased menstrual flow, increase in blood sugar, sugar cravings, and increase in the production of mucous.
To reduce any side effects, use high quality 100% blackstrap molasses and take it with food rather than on an empty stomach. Consume in small quantities and keep in mind the suggested amount is one teaspoon a day. One teaspoon! Blackstrap molasses can be added to your smoothies, teas, sauces, or glazes. Some drink it with milk or water as well. Those with an allergy to sulfites are suggested to purchase unsulfured blackstrap.
Uterine Fibroid Benefits:
Those living with uterine fibroids might find the following tidbit of information to be quite interesting. Because blackstrap molasses is full of alkaline rich minerals, it creates an environment that counters the acidic setting needed for fibroid growth. Not only are fibroids unable to increase in size, some women report their tumors shrank. To help with fibroids, it is suggested that you use 1-2 tablespoons a day. Some also mix it with apple cider vinegar for maximum benefits. Remember, discuss your options with your health practitioner first.
Imported from the Caribbean Islands for hundreds of years, blackstrap molasses has gained new attention by those looking for healthy alternatives to sugar. Considered by some to be a superfood, the nutrient dense blackstrap molasses is an inexpensive way to get strapped with the nutrients your body needs.