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What is blackstrap molasses?
Blackstrap molasses is also known as Grade ‘C’ molasses; this type of molasses is dark, highly viscous (slow pouring), and bitter but packed with many benefits to health and hair. It has all the benefits of sugarcane packed in it. Blackstrap molasses benefits are because it is rich in potassium, manganese, copper, iron, zinc, and Vitamin B6; because of this, it is used as a dietary supplement, hair mask, remedy for grey hair, and as an additive in making animal feeds.
Nutrients in Blackstrap Molasses
- Vitamin B6
It is even regarded as a superfood because of its nutritional value to health.
Benefits of Blackstrap Molasses
Here are important blackstrap molasses benefits to health and beauty products.
Helps with bone growth and strength
Blackstrap molasses contains calcium and magnesium, important minerals needed by the body for bone strength and growth, thereby preventing diseases such as osteoporosis (bone weakening). Just taking a single tablespoon of blackstrap molasses provides 8 percent of the recommended daily value your needed calcium and also provides 10 percent for magnesium.
Prevents and treats Iron deficiency anemia
The lack of iron in the diet may cause a lack of blood because iron is needed for the continuous production of blood. A lack of it causes Anemia (a state of low blood level n the body). Iron deficiency anemia can be treated by taking blackstrap molasses. About 1 tablespoon of blackstrap molasses contains 20 percent of the daily value for iron.
Helps lower blood pressure
Taking a potassium supplement may help lower blood pressure in people with hypertension. Grade C molasses is packed with potassium and contains about 300 mg of potassium per tablespoon.
Relieves muscle cramps
The presence of potassium in grade C molasses helps to relieve muscle cramps in athletics or after a workout.
Lowers the risk of stroke
Eating food rich in potassium also lowers the risk of having a stroke because potassium prevents the retention of fluid in the body and also used in treating accumulation of fluid in the body.
Natural Hair Conditioner
It is a natural deep conditioner that helps soften the hair and keeps it smooth and soothing. To have this benefit, it is often dissolved in warm water and used to massage the hair, after which it is allowed for 15 minutes before rinsing it with warm water. It is also used as a hair mask when combined with yogurt and rosemary oil.
Rich in Antioxidants
Blackstrap molasses is rich in antioxidants and therefore helps protect the body from damage caused by free radicals in the body which are associated with cancer and many chronic illnesses. The amount of antioxidants in blackstrap molasses is more than that of honey.