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I have just re-familiarized myself with the power of blackstrap molasses in conjunction with apple cider vinegar (Braggs) The recipe is 2 teaspoons of the apple cider vinegar with 1 teaspoon of blackstrap molasses in a glass of warm water that had 1 teaspoon of lemon juice squeezed into it. Do this morning and night. This could possibly help people who suffer form gout due to the efficiency of this concoction.
I’d like to clarify some things about molasses. It is indeed one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Think about it, they harvest a field of sugar cane, remove as much water, fiber, and sugar as possible. What’s left? Concentrated organic minerals! If you found such a supplement at the health store it would be very expensive. Yet here it is, dirt cheap and delicious.
Organic minerals have been taken up from the soil by the plants and changed into a form that is easily absorbed and utilized by all living things. The mineral supplements you might find at a drugstore, you may notice, are very heavy. That’s because they are made from ground up rock. The minerals are in inorganic form and hard for the body to absorb. Most of it winds up in the toilet.
The iron in drugstore vitamins and processed food is often, literally, iron filings. Nasty and toxic. The organic iron in molasses, on the other hand, will do you no harm. Very good for you.
Blackstrap molasses contains much higher levels of many of these nutrients than regular molasses, especially when it comes to iron content. Other important nutrients obtained from blackstrap include vitamin B6, calcium, manganese, magnesium and potassium.
This rich nutritional profile makes blackstrap molasses a highly regarded super food and popular dietary supplement. Here are 15 health benefits of blackstrap molasses.
Magnesium plays an important role in the activation of more than 300 enzymes in your body that regulate body functions. It works together with calcium in maintaining proper muscle contraction, regulating blood pressure and building bones and teeth. Molasses is loaded with the mineral magnesium. Consuming 3.5 ounces of molasses provides you with 242 milligrams of magnesium, which is 61 percent of the DV set by the FDA.
Anecdotal evidence and numerous testimonials suggest that blackstrap molasses may play a role in cancer prevention and the treatment of certain types of cancer. Its dense nutritional profile supports these claims, however scientific research and clinical trials are not available to confirm. The high calcium content of blackstrap suggests that it may be useful in preventing and treating colon cancer. It has also been associated with shrinking cancerous tumors.
Some health officials are weary of molasses for cancer treatment due to its high iron and sugar content, which is believed to enable cancer proliferation. Some testimonials have suggested combining blackstrap molasses with baking soda for cancer to good effect.
Blackstrap molasses is an excellent source of the antioxidant manganese, providing about 27.5% the DV per tablespoon. Manganese helps the body fight free radical damage to cells and DNA. Foods with great antioxidant protection are believed to help prevent cancer and heart disease and may also slow the effects of aging.
Molasses, especially the dark and blackstrap varieties, is rich in antioxidants. A study published in the “Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry” in December 2012 on the potential health effects of molasses found that molasses is a good source of antioxidants. In fact, another study published in the “Journal of the American Dietetic Association” in January 2009 concluded that, based on an average intake of 130 grams per day of refined sugars and the antioxidant activity measured in typical American diets, substituting alternative sweeteners like blackstrap molasses could increase antioxidant intake to a level similar to that found in a serving of berries or nuts.
Blackstrap molasses can offer a temporary energy boost by providing carbohydrates that are quickly converted into energy in the body. More importantly, it can aid energy production because it helps replenish the body’s storage of iron. Iron plays a vital role in energy production, transporting oxygen in the blood. Iron deficiency can lead to fatigue and energy hindering conditions like anemia, which seriously inhibit energy levels. Blackstrap molasses also provides vitamin B6, which plays a key role in energy production.
Blackstrap molasses provides many of the daily nutrients needed to help keep the bones healthy and strong, including iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese and copper. Maintaining a recommended daily allowance of these minerals can greatly reduce the risk of osteoporosis and other diseases of the bone.
Blackstrap molasses provides many of the vitamins and minerals needed to maintain good heart health and reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and cardiovascular disease. These include manganese, magnesium, copper, calcium, potassium and vitamin B6. Together these nutrients can help treat blood clotting, reducing the risk of stroke, lower blood pressure and fight oxidative stress and inflammation to the cardiovascular system.
Blackstrap molasses is a very good source of calcium, which helps cleanse the colon of toxins. Calcium is often associated with a reduced risk of colon cancer.
High In Iron
Just one tablespoon of blackstrap molasses provides nearly 20% of the DV of iron. Iron deficiency is associated with many different conditions, including dizziness, fatigue, hair loss, irritability and anemia. Iron is particularly important for women during menstruation. Iron plays a critical role in blood and cell function and is essential to energy production. It also helps the body fight off infections, supports brain and muscle function and help improves immunity.
Very Good Source of Potassium
One tablespoon of blackstrap molasses provides about 14.5% the DV of potassium. Potassium is essential to maintaining good cardiovascular health and improving bone density. It can help keep blood pressure low, supports proper carbohydrate metabolism and can help reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and osteoporosis. Potassium deficiency is also associated with an increased risk of arthritis.
Including molasses in your diet provides your body with a powerful potassium boost. Potassium plays an important role in the activation of enzymes used in carbohydrate and protein metabolism. It works with calcium and magnesium to support the proper functioning of muscle contraction. Potassium also helps maintain a steady heartbeat and helps balance body fluids. A 3.5-ounce serving of molasses contains 1,464 milligrams of potassium, which is 42 percent of the DV set by the FDA.
Very Good Source of Calcium
Calcium is not only essential to maintaining healthy bones and teeth, but plays a vital role in colon health, heart health, blood clotting, brain nerve activity and muscle function. Just one tablespoon will provide over 17% the DV of calcium.
Calcium is the most abundant mineral found in your body. It’s crucial in building and maintaining strong bones and teeth and plays an important role in proper muscle contractions and relaxation. It also contributes to the healthy functioning of your heart, nerves and other body systems. In addition, calcium is linked to osteoporosis prevention. Molasses is rich in calcium. Each 3.5-ounce serving contains 205 milligrams, which is 21 percent of the daily values set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Good Source of Selenium
Blackstrap molasses is a good source of selenium, providing about 5% of the DV per tablespoon. Selenium plays a key role in thyroid function, antioxidant protection, cancer prevention, cardiovascular health and inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. Selenium deficiency can lead to these and other health conditions.
Good Source of Vitamin B6
One tablespoon of blackstrap molasses provides 7.5% the DV of vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 is needed for the immunity, the nervous system, cell formation, blood health and energy production. It is also believed to have anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties.
Blackstrap molasses can sweeten food without many of the negative side effects of regular sugar and artificial sweeteners. It is very low on the glycemic index and appears to be a healthier option for diabetic and pre-diabetic people, requiring very little insulin production and altering blood sugar levels far less than regular cane sugar. It is also rich with vital nutrients, where cane sugar offers only fattening carbohydrates.
Blackstrap molasses provides many vitamins and minerals and boosts energy while containing zero fat and very few calories. This makes it a healthy alternative to sugar and a good addition to an active, low fat weight loss program.
Stomach & Digestive Problems
Anecdotal evidence suggests that blackstrap molasses may help with stomach and digestive problems. Testimonials claim that it can help to soothe stomach aches, help to cure stomach ulcers and may be useful in treating irritable bowel and other digestive conditions, including constipation and diarrhea.
Testimonials claim that blackstrap molasses is great for skin health and may help to cure eczema, psoriasis, acne and other skin conditions. Blackstrap molasses contains powerful antioxidants, which are believed to contribute to good skin health and lower the risk of lines, wrinkles and other skin conditions associated with premature aging.
If you want to be horrified, search the internet to see what animals like cows, pigs, chickens and even fish are forced fed on farms to fatten them up for market. Too scary to print here but I think you already know.
All we are trying to do when we eat meat, poultry and fish is get protein.
Q. What is protein?
A. “Protein is found in both animals and plants. The basic building blocks of life, amino acids, come from protein.” Mark Hyman, M.D. author of the New York Times best selling book “Ultra Metabolism.”
Q. What are Phytonutrients?
A. “Phytonutrients are healing plant chemicals, and they can be found only in certain types of carbohydrates. The prefix phyto simply means ‘plant,’ so Phytonutrients are nutrients that are found specifically in plant food. The only way you can acquire these important substances is to eat real, whole, unprocessed plant food.”
“Phytonutrients are essential to optimal health. They help to turn on genes that make you burn fat and age less quickly.” Mark Hyman, M.D.
Q. Are there amino acids in plant food?
A. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. The body has twenty different amino acids that act as these building blocks. Nonessential amino acids are those that the body can synthesize for itself, provided there is enough nitrogen, carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen available. Essential amino acids are those supplied by the diet, since the human body either cannot make them at all or cannot make them in sufficient quantity to meet its needs. Under normal conditions, eleven of the amino acids are nonessential and nine are essential.
Humans consume many foods that contain proteins or amino acids. With the increasing emphasis on vegetarian diets, plant sources of protein are gaining in popularity. Such sources include dried beans (black, kidney, northern, red, and white beans), peas, nuts, and seeds. Although plant sources generally lack one or more of the essential amino acids, when combined with whole grains, or by eating nuts or seeds with legumes, all the amino acids can be obtained.
Conclusion: Eating plant food can give you all your essential amino acids and much, much more. Let’s leave the animals alone and eat live nutritious whole raw foods, lose weight and be healthy.
Paul Turnbull, Purpose Consultant
I sprinkle nutritional yeast on or in most of the foods that I prepare for myself at home (soups, sauces, steamed veggies, salads, etc.). Is there such a thing as too much nutritional yeast in one’s diet, or is it pretty much harmless?
Moderate amounts of Red Star Vegetarian Support Formula nutritional yeast not only taste good but can add many valuable nutrients to our diet, such as folic acid; B-complex vitamins, including vitamin B12; and several important minerals and amino acids. However, large amounts of nutritional yeast used on a daily basis is not wise. A healthful vegan diet requires the inclusion of a variety of wholesome foods. Reliance on one particular item, no matter how beneficial, can establish a nutritional imbalance. The same is true of nutritional supplements — too much of a good thing isn’t good. Nutritional yeast is both a food and a nutritional supplement.
Nutritional yeast is high in purines. Large quantities of purines in the diet create an abundance of uric acid, which has been associated with several ailments, including gout. Furthermore, overreliance on a single food in the diet may eventually cause a sensitivity or possibly even an allergy to that food.
The recommended daily amount of nutritional yeast is approximately 2 tablespoons of large flakes, 1 1/2 tablespoons of miniflakes, or 1 heaping tablespoon of powder. Occasionally having larger servings than this should not pose a problem, but on a regular basis it would be smart to stay closer to these guidelines.
Picture this scenario: It’s January 2013 and you’re recalling that last year you vowed to lose 30 lbs in the coming year. You start out with a fad diet and lose the 30 lbs in 30 days eating only 500 calories a day. Now you feel it’s OK to cheat a little and start to drink specialty coffees and the sugar in them sets your body to craving more sweets. You give in and you go on a gradual binge and gain back the 30 lbs plus 10. You’re worse off now than a year earlier. Plus you start beating up on yourself for being such a weakling and a quitter. Fortunately it’s 2012 and you still have a chance to change your way of eating so that by 2013 you’ve lost 30 lbs for real and can keep it off.
Your purpose is to find the right combination of foods that stop the cravings, make you feel full and allow you to lose weight at a gradual pace over the year.
Your goal is to go to the grocery store and stock up on nutritious foods that can promote health, protect you against disease and cause weight reduction. Although you have the best of intentions, as soon as you slip into the cookie aisle, temptations run wild and unhealthy thoughts cascade into your mind producing a dreamy state of ecstasy. Fortunately for you, you had told your wife of your intentions and she grabs you and shakes you back to the present before you can consume any of the delights that would ruin all your well set plans.
Here’s why you can’t let those temptations destroy your future good health:
“In the quest for the American Dream, we have fallen into a nutritional nightmare. With our fast paced lives, who has time anymore to prepare food? The American kitchen is now a microwave. Our kid’s dinning table is now the back seat of our cars and home cooking has been replaced with convenience meals. Farm fresh has been replaced with flash frozen and 10,000 preservatives. The #1 eaten vegetable in America is now French fries. Friends we don’t eat foods anymore. We eat merchandise. The degrading of the American eating habit is a major contributor to poor health and the resulting consequences. Add unheard of levels of stress and anxiety, a lack of exercise and sleep and now you have a recipe for disaster, the American health disaster.” Dr. Richard Schulze.
In some of my previous articles on diet and health I’ve told you what I’ve done to lose weight and keep it off. I’m still following this way of eating and I only fluctuate a pound or two above or below my ideal weight. I continue to exercise daily in case I miss a day. I even went into a lot of preparation of the food I was eating and enjoyed it more and more. However for those who are just starting out a full change is not likely to happen. So here is my latest recommendation. Buy a bottle of Dr. Schulze’s SuperFood Plus and start out gradually with on tablespoon in the morning per his instructions just before you start your workout, then work up to a two tablespoon dose. Now you’ve got all your needed vitamins, minerals and the best concentrated protein for the day. Of course, drink lots of water. You’ll get the energy you need out of doing this.
Then simply start dropping those bad processed foods out of your diet and adding nutritious foods. If you cheat, don’t cheat two days in a row or only do it once a week.
Here’s some guidelines:
1. Colorful fruits and vegetables: Red, green, orange, yellow and purple—more color means more variety of healthful nutrients and disease fighting compounds, such as antioxidants. Studies show that consuming 5-10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day can help prevent and fight many diseases such as obesity, cancer and heart disease. Try berries, apples, oranges, leafy greens, carrots, squash, sweet potato and peppers.
2. Complex carbohydrates: 100% whole grain, whole wheat, oat bran, rye, spelt and kamut (organic kamut is absolutely delicious and very nutritious for you. A member of the wheat family, kamut is considered the “high energy grain” because it contains 40% more protein than the national average for wheat) are complex carbohydrates that provide your body with the energy, B vitamins and fiber it needs. Look for breads, cereals, pastas and crackers that say “good source of fiber” or “high fiber”. Avoid simple carbohydrates such as white breads, crackers and other products made from white flour, which are stripped of their nutrients and fiber and are not a good source of nutrition.
3. Legumes: Beans, peas and lentils are highly nutritious foods that are a good source of cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber. Legumes rank low on the Glycemic Index scale helping regulate blood sugar levels by producing less insulin. Legumes also provide useful protein, iron and B vitamins for those eating vegetarian diets. Try adding kidney beans, chickpeas or soybeans to salads, wraps, soups and pasta. If you experience gas from eating beans, soak the beans overnight and drink plenty of water.
What industries do I think I should invest in? Rightfully, I should invest in those industries that create jobs for more people and hopefully those industries that also benefit rather than harm the general public. As an investor I have a choice in who I wish to invest in.
I for one would not invest in the pharmaceutical companies because of the number of side effects of their products that are increasing the ill-health of the general public rather than improving their health. I would not invest in the oil or auto industries because of the amount of pollutants they are putting into the air that again result in ill-health and the destruction of the environment that I so love. I would invest in the new electric vehicle industry because it is replacing the internal combustion engine and as far as I know it will decrease the number of pollutants in the air. Along with that would be the investment in solar energy that harvests energy from the sun. I would invest in the organic food industry and not support chemical companies that again pollute the air, water and earth. The beef, chicken, pig industry is not one to invest in because of the way they again use chemicals to force grow these animals and from the consumption of them increase the ill-health of those eating them. Meaning me as an investors as well as the general public. I would of course invest in naturally grown animals that contain no chemicals or hormones. Now the psychiatric and psychological industry is also suspect because of their use of chemicals in the form of mind-altering drugs. Who would invest in this industry if it meant that you or your family members might become the effect of those drugs? That leaves me with the industry of mass destruction also know as the war machine. Why would I invest in the destruction of other countries and the death of their peoples and my own? That leaves the educational industry, private schools etc. Should or would I invest in those? The answer is yes because I have. I chose to send my daughter to a private school that didn’t allow the drugging of our children and they feed those children well with food that was organically grown. Nor did this school allow psychological testing of our children because it was found that students on drugs couldn’t learn or retain what they were taught and nor could they produce products once they graduated. Oftentimes they became a burden on society.
What does that leave me to invest in? The largest borrowers of money are governments. Are there governments for the people or are they governments based on enhancing the wealth of the few to the determent of the many.
That leaves me very few industries to invest in. So what am I to do? I would think that the sane thing to do would be to invest in businesses and industries that are in my local environment and my selection of those businesses would be based on the product they were producing and the effect it had on the environment and the people within that environment. Plus I would benefit directly from my investments as my environment would improve first and expand out into a greater sphere of influence.
I would invest in health care professionals that use no drugs and had a tendency to teach their patients how to eat natural foods that would result in a higher level of production for those patients. Industries like Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, Massage and of course those industries that use natural remedies rather than drugs. I like these industries because they have a goal of getting their patients off their medication and drugs. I have known great medical doctors as well who have risen above the normal and have moved into the area of nutrition rather then drugs.
What industries would you invest in?
When I was growing up, I played a lot of sports; weight lifted and generally was very outgoing. I don’t know how I did it. My breakfast consisted of a bowl of sugar-frosted flakes and milk. Lunch was two jam and peanut butter sandwiches on white bread. Supper was meat, potatoes and green beans with tea or coffee. I don’t remember drinking a glass of water unless my mother made me do it. After a couple hours of hard tackle football, all of us would go to the corner store and down one or two bottles of soda and eat a bag of donuts between us. How in the world did I even grow with that kind of diet? Was I a troubled child, of course I was. Did I get into trouble in school, of course I did. Was I labeled as a difficult student that needed the extra help and placed in the same class as all the misfits, yes I was. Did I turn out OK? Not really. At 21 years of age I was 30 lbs overweight and had to buy jeans that had “husky” on the label. I’m talking about the years from 1955 – 1970. A child today who acted in the same way I did during those years would be placed on mind altering stimulant medication and labeled for life.
Children today are not as healthy as they were just 30 years ago. This morning I asked a 6-year-old boy what he had eaten for breakfast? He told me French toast and a Popsicle. When I spoke to his mother I found out that the French toast was frozen and on a stick, that she put it in the microwave to heat it up and then poured maple syrup on it before he would eat it. Her reasoning was that she was in a hurry and this was a “fast fix.” The decreasing nutritional value of food, coupled with its increased consumption, is creating serious health problems in our children.
Youth obesity has doubled, juvenile diabetes is on the rise, over 10 million children are on mind altering prescription medication and serious diseases once reserved for adults – such as heart disease and high blood pressure – are taking root during childhood years.
Not surprisingly, the Surgeon General reports that 70% of disease in the United States is diet-related. The good news is that the solution is contained within the cause – food. By reducing the consumption of unhealthy food, and bringing food of high nutritional value back into the diets of children, we can turn this situation around.
Ongoing research has demonstrated that some childhood ailments can be eased through the use of nutritional supplements. Many ailments have a food-related cause. Often allergies stem from food sensitivity. Sugar, white flour, and fast foods can be the cause of hyperactivity. Symptoms from ailments and allergies can be eased through adding nutritional supplements into the diet. For example, eczema and allergy symptoms are eased with a nondairy diet and the inclusion of fish oils. Muscle cramps and trouble sleeping can be improved by adding a calcium-magnesium supplement to the diet because it relaxes muscles and nerves.
Nutritional supplements are showing positive results in the treatment of so called “hyperactivity” (ADD and ADHD), now very commonly labelled in children. Studies in Canada, the United States, Britain and South Africa report that 68% of the hyperactive children given Gamma-linolenic Acid (GLA) showed improvement in their behavior. Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) is an essential fatty acid (EFA) in the omega-6 family that is found primarily in plant-based oils. EFAs are essential to human health but cannot be made in the body. For this reason, they must be obtained from food. EFAs are needed for normal brain function, growth and development, bone health, stimulation of skin and hair growth, and regulation of metabolism.
Other findings report that 67% of hyperactive children had abnormal thirst, a symptom of an essential fatty acid (EFA) deficiency. Zinc deficiencies are also common among hyperactive children. A simple supplement can eliminate these deficiencies. Also, calcium magnesium calms the nervous system.
As parents, many of us have allowed our children to fall into unhealthy eating habits. Many parents do not stop to consider the caloric or fat intake of their children’s meals. For example, the recommended caloric intake for a child is about 1,500 calories per day, with an allowance of only 17 grams of fat from less-than-desirable sources. However, a typical child’s restaurant meal consisting of a cheeseburger, fries, soda and a sundae has 1,700 calories with 58 grams of saturated and trans fat. This single meal contains three days worth of harmful, artery-clogging fat!
Changing the eating habits of our children requires substituting nutritious food. It is important to consider the type and amount of foods consumed by a child. To do this requires creativity in finding healthier “taste-alikes” and other ways to get your children to make better food choices. Health food stores offer a wide variety of foods that children eat every day, so it is not difficult to create a healthy menu. Supplements are absolutely necessary to the welfare of your children so they will grow into healthy adults.
One such food offered at nutritional clinics is called “Greens First” which I consume daily on rising. I’ve replaced the sugar-frosted flakes with an energy drink that consists of a scoop of “Greens First” and a scoop of “Dream Protein.” What makes this drink the number one choice in Super Food drink mixes is the guaranteed refreshing great taste when mixed with plain water. Children love the taste while getting the antioxidant power of over 10 servings of fruits and vegetables in every scoop. The “Dream Protein” gives 20g of Whey protein along with all the essential amino acids to help build strong bodies. This is the fastest way to give your children the daily nutrition they need!
At these clinics they combine Nutrition Response Testing, organ detoxification techniques, enzyme therapy along with proper nutrition to ensure that patients are moving in the right direction toward optimum health.
As parents we must take responsibility for providing proper nutrition for our children. Start slowly. Give your children a “Greens First” protein shake in the morning and watch how they love the taste and how their overall outlook on life improves. Improve dinners, add water and cut out empty calories. In time, your children will adjust to the changes and even like them. Your children will feel better. And you will feel better knowing that you are giving them the tools to live a healthier life.
Paul Turnbull (727) 445-7842 email@example.com
President, EP Management, Inc. www.expandingpractice.com