HEALTH BENEFITS OF CAROB MOLASSES AND GRAPE MOLASSES
Middle Easterners often make the thick, sticky syrup known as molasses from carobs and grapes. The healthy components extracted from these fruits include disease-fighting antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, according to Organic Facts. Among several potential benefits, grape molasses may help restore iron in anemic people; and a compound in carob molasses may benefit those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Consult your doctor before using carob or grape molasses to treat any condition.
Consuming grape or carob molasses on your morning pancakes may provide you with beneficial nutrients and natural chemicals to improve your health. For instance, the juicy part the grape, used to make molasses, contains vitamins, including A, C and B6, along with minerals such as potassium, calcium, iron and magnesium. Carob molasses contains vitamins and minerals including riboflavin, vitamin A, calcium, iron, phosphorus and potassium. In addition, carobs are 80 percent protein, according to the Australian National University. Grape and carob molasses contain photochemical, or plant chemicals, that may act as antioxidants to destroy cell-damaging free radicals in the body.
The carob tree fruit extracts in carob molasses may provide antioxidant effects and help kill cancer cells. A study published in the March 2011 edition of the journal “Plant Foods for Human Nutrition” examined the antioxidant and cancer-cell fighting effects of carob tree germ flower extract. Researchers determined that carob flower extracts were rich in phenolic compounds, or natural-plant compounds, and had considerable antioxidant and cytotoxic abilities — reducing the ability of cervical cancer cells to live. In addition, scientists discovered that the most prevalent antioxidant compound in carob tree germ flower is theophylline. Although observations appear positive, additional clinical studies are necessary to conclusively prove the effectiveness of carob antioxidants for the treatment of cancer.
The theophylline from carob fruit extracts, as in carob molasses, potentially benefit people suffering from a group of lung disorders, including chronic asthmatic bronchitis and emphysema, known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. Research published in the September 2006 edition of the journal “Respirology” observed the effects of low-dose theophylline on COPD patients. Over a one-year period, 110 participants with COPD received either 100 mg of slow-release theophylline or a placebo. Subjects receiving theophylline experienced fewer episodes, exacerbation and had fewer clinical visits than those taking a placebo. Scientists concluded that low-dose oral theophylline is an effective and well-tolerated long-term treatment for stable COPD; however, additional scientific information is needed to conclusively prove the effectiveness of carob extracts for the treatment of COPD.
Iron-rich grape molasses may potentially treat those suffering from iron-deficiency anemia. A study featured in “The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics” compared the absorption of iron from grape molasses and ferrous sulfate in 56 infants. Researchers divided infants, aged six to 36 months, into two groups — subjects with iron-deficiency anemia and non-anemic subjects. Observations determined that iron absorption from grape molasses is comparable to that of ferrous sulfate — a type of iron used to treat people with iron-related anemia — in non-anemic infants. Researchers concluded that grape molasses is an effective iron source for preventing iron-deficiency anemia in infancy. Despite positive findings, additional clinical research in older children and adults must be conducted to prove the effectiveness of grape molasses in treating iron-related anemia.
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Organic Facts; Health Benefits of Grapes; 2011
MayoClinic.com; Nutrition and Healthy Eating; July 2009.
“Respirology”; Positive Benefits of Theophylline in a Randomized, Double-Blind, Parallel-Group, Placebo-Controlled Study of Low-Dose, Slow-Release Theophylline in the Treatment of COPD for 1 Year; Y. Zhou, et al.; September 2006.
The Australian National University; The Carob Tree; Mark Garner; 1998.
“Plant Foods for Human Nutrition”; Phytochemical Profile, Antioxidant and Cytotoxic Activities of the Carob Tree (Ceratonia siliqua L.) Germ Flour Extracts; L. Custodio, et al.; March 2011.“The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics”; Absorption of Iron From Grape-Molasses and Ferrous Sulfate: A Comparative Study in Normal Subjects and Subjects With Iron Deficiency Anemia; Y. Aslan, et al.; October 1997.
Article reviewed by Alan Craig Last updated on: Mar 28, 2011.