Finally, we have my favorite natural helper, blackstrap molasses! This stuff packs a serious nutritional punch…
What is it?
Molasses is essentially the by product of the sugar making process, when the juice from the sugar cane plant is boiled. After the third boiling, the result is blackstrap molasses which contains vitamins and a hefty dose of minerals.
Why should I take it?
It contains lots of nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, copper, potassium, manganese and a significant amount of iron. Part of the beauty of blackstrap, is the combination of minerals, many of which are required for the absorption of the others.
Many women, especially those menstruating, pregnant, and/or breastfeeding, are at a high risk of developing iron deficiencies. Additionally, those of us that eat a primarily vegetarian diet may not be getting enough iron.
Iron is critical for optimum fertility. Increasing iron intake has been shown to lower the risk of ovulatory dysfunctions (that often cause ovulatory infertility) by up to 60%. Blackstrap molasses can also help to balance hormones and reduce heavy menstrual bleeding.
Where to find blackstrap molasses?
I have found it at some Whole Foods, but not others. Most health food stores will carry it. If you have trouble finding it, you can always order it online.
What to look for:
- High iron content – some brands have more than others (up to about 25% DV)
Put it in:
- Homemade salad dressing
- Hot chocolate (or coffee)
- Sauteed greens
You can probably come up with lots of other ways to take it. Some people even take it straight off the spoon!