Never heard of the dark, thick and pasty syrup called blackstrap molasses?
Well, let me tell you more about this super food:
Technically it is a byproduct of the sugar cane refining process. Sugar cane juice is boiled three times and during the third and last step, blackstrap molasses is separated from the white table sugar. There are different grades of molasses (light e.g. golden syrup, dark and blackstrap) and blackstrap molasses is the highest and most nutritious grade. Most refining processes don’t leave good and nutritious byproducts, like it is the case with petroleum jelly and vegetable oil, but things are different with molasses. Unlike table sugar which has no nutrients at all, blackstrap molasses carries all the minerals that were absorbed by the sugar cane plant, leaving the syrup with a high concentration of minerals and vitamins.
Here are only a few of the vitamins and minerals:
-Iron important for energy levels-Vitamin B6 improves immune system and supports nervous system
-Calcium for bone health
-Manganese essential for antioxidant system
-Magnesium muscle health
-Potassium nerve transmission and muscle contraction
-Copper hair health
-Selenium thyroid function
-Zinc skin health
So as you can see, blackstrap molasses is literally a superfood, it’s nutrient packed and comes with loads of benefits when consumed on a regular basis. Some of these benefits are:
- Improves energy levels
Blackstrap molasses is high in iron, only one tablespoon has 20% of the daily recommended value for iron. Iron is important for red blood cell function and oxygen transport throughout the body. Low iron levels will lead to fatigue and dizziness. So if you holistically want to overcome anaemia (or just help keep levels high) make sure to introduce blackstrap molasses into your diet. It will help replenish your iron storage, which is important especially for us women during menstruation and pregnancy.
- Helps with digestive problems
Blackstrap molasses will help cleanse the colon. It will soothe stomach aches and is useful in treatment of IBS symptoms like constipation and/or diarrhoea. It will also improve regularity and quality of your bowel movements and will give relief from constipation as it is a natural stool softener.
- Gives antioxidant protection
Blackstrap molasses is a good source of antioxidants like manganese. It will help fight free radical damage to cells and may slow down ageing effects.
- Rejuvenates skin and hair
Blackstrap molasses is known to cure severe cases of eczema, psoriasis and acne. But it also works for less severe skin conditions. The antioxidants contribute to good skin health and an overall healthy complexion. Ageing is slowed down and pimples will not stand a chance. Copper has been linked to improve your hair quality and growth.
- Good for bone health
Blackstrap molasses has high levels of Calcium and Magnesium and can help reduce the risk of osteoporosis. It offers the perfect Magnesium-Calcium ratio which our body needs to fully absorb and use both minerals for optimal bone production.
Besides these positive effects blackstrap molasses is also believed to help with heart health as it can help lower blood pressure and fight oxidative stress in the vessels, leading to a reduction of inflammation to the cardiovascular system. This again will reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Another positive effect is that it can be useful in the prevention and treatment of cancer. It was associated with enabling cancer cell growth.
How can you supplement with blackstrap molasses?
Mix 1-2 tablespoons in a cup of boiling water and add the juice of one lemon. Drink first thing in the morning. The Vitamin C in the lemon juice will help the body to better absorb the iron. It also acts alkalising, will cleanse the body and kickstart the digestion for the day. Just make sure to buy an organic and unsulphured brand to ensure optimal quality.
Do you have any experiences (good or bad) with blackstrap molasses?
Let me know in the comments below!