Sulfur and blackstrap molasses is a centuries-old homemade remedy. The mixture of one teaspoon of sulfur and two teaspoons of molasses was believed to prevent health problems and to serve as a universal remedy. It is best known as the “spring tonic,” which was taken to cleanse the blood after the long period of inactivity during the long, cold winter months.
Sulfur is a nonmetallic element found in four amino acids and the B vitamins thiamine and biotin. It is an important part of protein. Good sources of sulfur include egg yolks, meats, fish, poultry, milk, onions, garlic, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, turnips, and beans and other legumes.
Sulfur helps cells utilize oxygen, which is important to brain function and cell activity. Sulfur is necessary for construction of collagen, a protein that gives the skin its structural integrity and which is found in our connective tissue. Sulfur is found in keratin, which is necessary for the preservation of the skin, hair and nails. Sulfur is present in insulin, a hormone that aids in the regulation of carbohydrate metabolism.
Taurine is an amino acid that contains sulfur. Taurine serves as one of several neurotransmitters, which are chemicals in the brain that send messages from one nerve cell to another. Taurine also serves as an antioxidant, which prevents cell damage. Taurine is found in bile acids, which are employed during the process of digestion.
Blackstrap molasses is what remains after the final withdrawal of sucrose during the processing of sugar cane. Blackstrap molasses is abundant in iron, magnesium, copper, manganese and calcium, and is the best edible source of potassium.
Blackstrap molasses can help control high blood pressure, and it has been shown to have a positive impact on several cardiovascular problems.
Numerous claims exist linking the regular intake of blackstrap molasses with the reversal of gray hair. Because a lack of copper in the body is known to lead to prematurely gray hair, it may be possible to link a high intake of blackstrap molasses with reversal of hair color. However, there is no scientific evidence to back this assertion.
Effects of Sulfur Combined with Blackstrap Molasses
There is nothing magical about the combination of blackstrap molasses and sulfur, except that it does work as a laxative. However, eating sulfur by itself is not a pleasant experience. It is strong, bitter, sour and metallic tasting. This may be why it was initially combined with molasses.
Because both ingredients contain many healthy elements, when combined, they provide a plethora of health benefits.
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