22 Aug 2013

BLACKSTRAP MOLASSES

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WHY WOULD YOU INCLUDE BLACKSTRAP MOLASSES IN YOUR DAILY DIET?

Blackstrap molasses contains minerals and vitamins are in their natural, balanced, well absorbed form, that is unavailable from supplements that are not food.

The most important benefit of blackstrap molasses is its high mineral content, and it is nature’s richest source of iron and calcium.

Other nutrients include magnesium, potassium, copper, B Vitamins, manganese, and molybdenum.

 WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR and why?

  • Anaemia – iron and B vitamins. Nature’s richest source of iron. It is not only high in iron, it’s also easily absorbed. A couple tablespoons of unsulphured blackstrap molasses a day can give a person all the iron they need. It’s also a great source of iron for vegetarians.  A major benefit is that it does not cause constipation as do many iron supplements.
  • Constipation – Mild laxative; one tablespoon of blackstrap molasses a day will relieve and prevent constipation.  It can also be given to infants for constipation. 1-2 tsp. of blackstrap molasses in her bottle.
  • Osteoporosis – 2 teaspoons of blackstrap molasses gives 12% of your daily need for calcium.  It also helps prevent constipation that can occur with calcium supplementation.
  • Restless legs – Iron, magnesium and folate.  Deficiencies of these are implicated in restless legs.
  • Insomnia – Calming calcium and magnesium and B6.
  • Depression, anxiety, and related nervous disorders B vitamins, calcium and magnesium –all necessary for a healthy nervous system.
  • Arthritis and rheumatism – Copper, manganese – reduce inflammation, and are anti-oxidant.
  • Fluid retention –swollen hands and feet –  Potassium to help rid the body of excess fluid.
  • Heart palpitations – Magnesium for muscle tension and spams.
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome  – B vitamins and iron for energy.
  • Acne – When your bowels are not regular your colon can be clogged with lots of waste and toxins. These toxins need to escape. Since the skin is the biggest organ the toxins try to escape through the skin, this causes acne for plenty of people.  
  • Hair and nails stronger and hair shinier – high mineral content.
  • Fibroids – blood loss. There isn’t any scientific proof that blackstrap molasses cures or prevents fibroids, but there are hundreds of people claiming to use this to treat or cure fibroids. It also helps replace iron loss with uterine fibroids.
  • Regulate Menstrual Cycle – No more extra long periods or heavy bleeding.
  • Reduce menstrual cramps – Magnesium
  • Reversing Gray Hair – PABA, copper. The theory is that the high copper levels in the molasses help to stimulate melanin production and re-pigment the hair.
  • Cancerous tumours – anti-oxidants selenium, molybdenum
  • ADHD – Calming magnesium, calcium

WHAT IS BLACKSTRAP MOLASSES

Blackstrap Molasses is thick dark syrup left after the extraction of sugar from sugar cane. The roots of the sugar cane run a long way into the soil, bringing up a broad spectrum of minerals and trace elements. It’s the good stuff left after the extraction of sugar.

Blackstrap molasses is the most concentrated form of molasses made from the final boiling of the sugar cane extract, so it’s the most concentrated form of molasses, therefore, more iron.

Best to get unsulphured, which means that no allergenic chemicals have been used in processing

HOW MUCH  BLACKSTRAP MOLASSES DO I NEED?

The amount of blackstrap molasses you will need to take each day will be directly impacted by the results you want to get.

DOSAGE RECOMMENDATIONS

  • As an iron supplement: Take one to two tablespoon daily
  • As a calcium supplement: Take two teaspoons daily
  • For constipation: Take one tablespoon daily
  • To help improve sleep: Take one to two tablespoons nightly
  • To help reverse gray hair: Take one to two tablespoons daily

MAKE BLACKSTRAP MOLASSES PART OF YOUR DIET

  • 1 tablespoon in hot water, milk or rice milk first thing in the morning.
  • It can also be eaten straight off the spoon or dissolved in little hot water.
  • An easy way to improve your diet is to replace refined sugars with molasses.
  • Molasses can be used in baking, cakes, muffins and biscuits or as a delicious topping on pancakes and waffles.
  • It works in teas or on porridge, muesli, or cereal.
  • It gives its rich taste to baked beans, soups, casseroles, and as a glaze for meat and vegetables.

One point to keep in mind. Despite the frequent claim online that this sweetener is low-glycemic, if you are prone to hypoglycemia, insulin resistance, or diabetes, be sure to monitor your own glucose after using blackstrap molasses to be sure this is how it works with your own personal metabolism. It’s still a sugar, and it still has potential to affect your metabolism.

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