I doubt too many people have a jar of good old fashioned blackstrap molasses lying around in their kitchen these days. But if you knew what grandma did, you’d probably stock up on it, big time. It’s a healing superfood.
What is Blackstrap Molasses?
Molasses is the byproduct refined sugar cane, which is rich in nutrients. In the process of refining the cane, the juice is pressed from the plant, then boiled to make refined sugar crystals. The crystals contain very few minerals. It’s the dark, syrup from the juice, known as molasses, that contains all the goodness absorbed by the plant. You have to boil the juice three times to unlock most of the sugar cane’s trace minerals and nutrients. This highest grade of molasses is known as “blackstrap”.
I include blackstrap molasses into my daily food regimen because of its high mineral content and it’s so inexpensive! It’s rich in iron, calcium, magnesium, copper, selenium, manganese and lots of other minerals. Blackstrap is sweet, yet low on the glycemic index. It can help regulate blood sugar and blood pressure. It’s even been known to boost energy, color your gray hair over time, alleviate menstrual cramps, shrink enlarged prostates and heal a host of other ailments.
I told a friend to try taking Blackstrap molasses for his enlarged prostate. week later he called to tell me that after taking a tablespoon in hot water with some cinnamon every day, he noticed his frequent urination urges were greatly reduced.
I told another friend who had high blood pressure to start taking blackstrap molasses as a sweetener substitute in her tea. At the time, her doctor had increased her blood pressure pills to manage her pressure. She started drinking it as a tea. Months later, she told me that her blood pressure is now so low that her doctor has lowered blood pressure medication. She said she knew it was the molasses because that’s the only thing she changed in her diet! Blackstrap seems to work by filling in nutritional gaps that cause ailments as we age.
My Experience With Blackstrap Molasses
I like drinking blackstrap molasses tea as a nutritional supplement, instead of taking vitamin supplements. I’ve noticed that when I take it at night with hot water, coconut oil and a dash of salt, I sleep deeper and better. So now I use it to sweeten my smoothies too. Plus, it’s cheaper than raw honey.
If you decide to try blackstrap molasses, make sure it’s organic or unsulphured. Sulfured molasses are treated with sulfites, so much of its nutritional content is lost.
If you’re taking blackstrap molasses and you’ve noticed health benefits, comment below and share your story. I’d like to help others by sharing easy, affordable and holistic remedies, so please post your stories or share your remedies!