Blackstrap Molasses is the liquid byproduct in the production of refined sugar and was once used as the primary sweetener in foods. What is so wonderful about Blackstrap Molasses is that it is loaded with minerals and is an easily assimilated form of energy for the body.
People have known for ages of the health benefits of Blackstrap Molasses. Numerous home remedies have included molasses in the treatment of anemia due to its high iron content. Along with iron, molasses is also an excellent source of calcium, potassium, manganese, copper and magnesium and a good source of vitamin B6 and selenium.
Two teaspoons of Blackstrap molasses provides your body with 11.8% of your daily need for calcium, 13.3% of your iron, 14% of your cooper, 18% of your manganese, 9.7% of your potassium and 7.3% of daily need for magnesium. (1)
Traditional folk remedies tout Blackstrap molasses as a panacea or a “cure-all”. Although, it might not actually be a “cure-all”, blackstrap molasses has been traditionally indicated for the following health conditions:
- Dermatitis and eczema
- High blood pressure
- Constipation and colitis
- Varicose veins
- Bladder troubles such as difficult urination
- Nerve damage
Here are a couple of traditional remedies once used for anemia:
Mix 2 teaspoons each of apple cider vinegar and blackstrap molasses with water to strengthen the blood (2)
Another remedy called for using 1/3 of a cup blackstrap molasses mixed with milk or as a sweetener (2)
If you don’t like the taste of Black Strap Molasses you can add two tablespoons to your soups. I have been adding it to my beef stew and find that it adds just a hint of sweetness which actually improves the flavor of the soup or stew.
When selecting blackstrap molasses choose one that is organic and unsulphured as it contains no chemicals which are often used in processing and has a much better taste.
(2) Todd, J.C., Herbal home remedies. (2005), Llewellyn Publications, St. Paul, MN.