Carob Harnup Molasses and Extracts
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 phytochemicals, 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.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, exacerbations 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.