When we think of molasses, a certain image usually comes to mind: Delicious gingerbread cookies your mother baked during the holidays made from that thick, sticky brown liquid. Though we know molasses is uniquely sweet, many people don’t realize how much of a health elixir it really is.
And I guess that’s to be expected. After all, molasses is thought of as a sugar. But it’s not like “regular” sugar, which offers little else but empty calories. Molasses boasts impressive nutritional properties that may help remedy, and even prevent, certain ailments. This is thanks to the process it goes through to become what it is.
You see, blackstrap molasses is what’s left over when sugarcane is made into refined sugar. After being boiled three, count them, THREE times, what’s left is a very concentrated, thick, dark syrup that, although fairly high on the glycemic index, boasts a significant amount of minerals, including calcium, copper, chromium, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium and selenium. Molasses is also an excellent source of vitamin B6, an important vitamin required by many systems in the body.
Here are some common ailments that can be remedied and even alleviated by using molasses:
Blackstrap molasses is high in iron and, therefore, makes a great supplement for anyone who has trouble with iron deficiency, such as pregnant women, vegans and vegetarians. Before using molasses to remedy your iron levels, speak with your healthcare professional first.
Menstrual Pain and Mood Swings
Thanks to its high mineral content (especially that iron), blackstrap molasses can help alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with menstruation. Women require higher levels of iron than men because they bleed monthly. If they don’t get enough from the foods they eat, they can and often do experience a significant hormonal imbalance during menstruation and the premenstrual window that precedes it.
And, being rich in minerals like calcium and magnesium, it can also help your period be less painful. Eating blackstrap molasses on a daily basis, say by adding a teaspoon to your tea or coffee, can help make your monthly cycle more bearable.
Besides not eating enough fiber and drinking enough water, another reason many people become constipated is because of low magnesium levels. Blackstrap molasses is an excellent source of magnesium and can help you get regular. And, thanks to its alkaline nature, it can help improve your bowel movements over time, as well as soothe upset stomachs.
Improves Skin Condition
If you suffer from skin conditions like eczema and rashes, you might want to reach for a bottle of molasses instead of smelly and irritating creams and lotions. You can apply molasses right to your skin and let all of those powerful nutrients go to work. Use molasses as a facewash or facemask and watch as your skin becomes clearer and softer. And, because molasses contains lactic acid, it can help you with breakouts and rosacea as well.
Gray and Thinning Hair
Just as you can apply blackstrap molasses directly to your skin, you can do the same to your scalp to help with graying hair and hair loss. Anecdotal evidence points to the ability of blackstrap molasses to improve hair health. This is again thanks to all of those minerals present. Using it as a hair mask can help to soften your hair and infuse it with moisture. And, because of its high copper content, it can even help turn those gray hairs back to their original color.
ADD and ADHD
While children and adults with ADD and ADHD should stay away from refined sugars, which can exacerbate the mood swings and inability to focus, molasses can help deminish these symptoms. Thanks to that really important magnesium and calcium balance that molasses offers, and some very important B vitamins, you should feel more balanced when it comes to your mood and be able to concentrate more easily. If you are currently on medication for your ADD or ADHD symptoms, do not stop taking them, but speak with your doctor about potentially decreasing dosage by supplementing with molasses.
Inflammation and Arthritis Pain
At this point in the article, you probably won’t be surprised to find out all of those vitamins and minerals in molasses can help you ease the pain and stiffness of arthritis caused by inflammation. In fact, as we’ve said many times on this blog, inflammation is the root cause of ALL DISEASE. If you want to be as healthy as possible, you have got to find natural ways to get rid of the inflammation plaguing your body.
If you are currently suffering from stiff and aching joints, try adding a little molasses each day to your hot beverages or fruit smoothies. You may find in no time you will be able to move with greater ease and less discomfort.
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