March 2, 2015
by Paul Fassa, Natural Health Journalist
(UtopiaSilver.com) The pecking order of nutritional importance goes like this: Oxygen, water, enzymes, minerals, and vitamins. In fact, without all the items above vitamins, vitamins are almost useless. Wonder what the most lacking nutrient is in our food supply? Minerals. If you can’t afford expensive supplements, boost your body mineral levels with blackstrap molasses..
That’s because our farmland top soils have been depleted of minerals from large-scale monoculture farming with synthetic fertilizers and toxic herbicides and pesticides that wreak havoc with minerals in topsoil. But there is one crop that defies the need for healthy top soil – sugar cane. Not for sugar, but for unsulphered blackstrap molasses, which is a byproduct of extracting table sugar from sugar cane.
The reason why sugar cane defies the need for healthy top soil is its roots extend up to 20 feet down the soil with 15 feet deep quite common.
Now that some farmers are using glyphosate based herbicides such as Roundup to “desiccate” or dry up the crop for earlier harvesting with not only non-GMO grains but reportedly for sugar cane as well, it’s wise to purchase only organic blackstrap molasses that didn’t use synthetic sulphur or sulfur chemicals for processing – that’s why unsulphered is preferable.
Because of its high iron content, many use blackstrap molasses to holistically overcome anemia. Iron is essential to creating red blood cells. In addition to iron, blackstrap molasses contains folate, the natural source for folic acid along with some other B vitamins, which all combine to form the synergistic mix that promotes red blood cell production.
Synthetic folic acid, by the way, is considered toxic by knowledgeable nutritionists and even some biochemists.
Then there is magnesium in abundance, along with calcium. Both are densely packaged within this natural food source. Magnesium is important for balancing with calcium for bone production and energy. It is necessary for the smooth function of our nervous system and maintaining heart health.
Insufficient magnesium levels can result in muscle spasms, including the heart muscle, which of course relates to arrhythmia or even heart attacks.
Potassium is another mineral abundant in blackstrap molasses. A deficiency in potassium results in weak muscles and is considered a factor in causing arthritis. Potassium also helps maintain a calmly functioning nervous system.
It too is important for the nervous system and heart health. Even the American Heart Association has included unsulphured blackstrap molasses as a food supportive of good heart health.
Manganese, a trace mineral, is very high in content with unsulphured blackstrap molasses. Manganese ions function with a number of enzymes, and are essential to combating unusual free radicals. Like magnesium, manganese also supports cellular absorption of nutrients, and is also beneficial to the nervous system.
This trace mineral also helps synthesize fatty acids and stabilize blood sugar levels. It’s true that too much manganese can be toxic. But it takes consistent breathing of manganese dust from industrial sources for that to happen.
Other minerals that appear in abundance are copper and zinc. Zinc has been tagged as the male mineral because it helps support a healthy prostate. Working with zinc, copper helps eliminate the oxidation damage of superoxides.
Results from Using Unsulphured Blackstrap Molasses
There are many testimonial anecdotes concerning the use of unsulphured blackstrap molasses. Most revolve around the fact that anemia was overcome or greatly lessened without the constipation or stomach problems from iron supplements. The result was better heart health, more energy, relief from rheumatoid arthritis, improved skin conditions, and even restored hair color!
Unsulphured blackstrap molasses can be incorporated with many food items as a sweetener despite its distinctive flavor. It works in teas or hot cereals, on pancakes and waffles or desert items, or used as a glaze for cooking. Some people take right to it. Others, especially those who have taste buds conditioned for years by sugar and artificial sweeteners, find it lacking as a sweetener.
Just like any transition from unhealthy processed “tasty” foods to healthier real foods, taste can be acquired even to a point of wondering why the junk food was consumed with so much relish while wholesome food was shunned! Besides, what is more important: a long lasting healthier condition, or immediately satisfying cravings that lead to serious health problems?
I use it liberally on my almost daily steel cut oat cooked cereal. At first I wasn’t satisfied with the sweetness and I cheated with a little added sugar. Then I simply used more molasses to create the level of sweetness I preferred, dropped the sugar, and actually began to enjoy molasses’s unique flavor.
Unsulphured blackstrap molasses is easily managed as a tonic. Mixing a tablespoon or two with a glass of warm water works well as a mineral tonic. Some have used this mix three times a day as a remedy for extreme conditions.
Restoring or maintaining health through natural foods requires a sustained intake over time, but is still less expensive than medications or even supplements. And the results are real and permanent without side effects.
How Molasses is Made
Sugar canes are harvested and machines are used to press the juice out of the cane. The sugar cane roots go very deeply into the soil, commonly 15 feet down and ranging from 6.5 to 19 feet – deep enough to bypass nutrient depleted topsoils that have become the norm and take in more nutrients.
That juice is boiled then put through centrifugal machinery to extract the sugar crystals from the liquid. Sulphur is used to process unripe green sugar cane. This industrial chemical sulphur is not good for human consumption.
Sun ripened sugar cane is processed without using sulphur. Unsulphered molasses is a much better choice.
A third boiling necessary to extract table sugar from sugar cane produces a thick dark substance known as blackstrap molasses, which is the most nutrient dense of all.