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Health benefits of molasses

Updated July 19, 2017

Molasses is the thick, dark substance produced when sugar syrup is boiled to get to its crystalline form. It has about the same caloric value as sugar and many prefer its robust flavour. It is often used in baking, particularly in gingerbread and molasses cookies. Molasses contains a variety of minerals that can boost your health in a number of ways. There are several different types, or grades, of molasses. Blackstrap molasses, produced by the third boiling of the sugar syrup, has the greatest nutritional value.

Significance

Molasses is an excellent source of iron, calcium, copper and manganese. It is also a good source of potassium and magnesium.

Good for Anemia

One tbs. of molasses consumed daily can help replenish your iron stores, helping to correct anaemia. The iron increase will also boost your energy level.

Muscle Benefits

By supplying calcium to the body, molasses works to help muscles contract properly, including the heart.

Bone and Teeth Health

The calcium in molasses also helps to develop and maintain healthy bones and teeth. Bone problems occurring during menopause can also be prevented.

Eases Menopause Symptoms

Menopause is the result of different conditions, including a deficiency of mineral salts in the body. Consumption of molasses can help with a number of menopause symptoms such as PMS, cramping, mood swings and hot flushes. It is believed that molasses consumption can also reduce the size of fibroid tumours.

A Healing Agent

Molasses promotes the healing of wounds and also binds with toxins in the colon to fight against colon cancer.

Warning

Individuals diagnosed with diabetes and lupus should consult their health practitioner before consuming large amounts of blackstrap molasses.

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About the Author

Loraine Degraff has been a writer and educator since 1999. She recently began focusing on topics pertaining to health and environmental issues. She is published in "Healthy Life Place" and "Humdinger" and also writes for various websites. Degraff holds a master's degree in communications design from Pratt Institute.