Nourishing our bodies with quality ingredients was the first step in making Ohmbars. We searched for only the best ingredients from our suppliers to yield the best nutritional results. Each ingredient has been carefully selected, so allow us to share some of our research with you.
This type of molasses contains high levels of iron and copper. Iron provides energy and boosts metabolism while copper helps the body utilize iron and eliminate free radicals. Blackstrap molasses are also high in calcium, magnesium, potassium and manganese. You can learn more about the benefits of Blackstrap Molasses in this article http://www.livestrong.com/article/366034-benefits-of-blackstrap-molasses/ by Lisa Thompson.
FACT: In 1919 the Great Molasses Flood occurred when a molasses storage tank that held two million gallons of molasses broke in Boston. The molasses tsunami poured through the street in Boston at 35 miles an hour creating a 30 foot tidal wave of molasses.
Buckwheat is high in fiber and contains the eight essential amino acids. It also contains many minerals including phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper and manganese. It is a working-man’s crop that thrives in poor soil conditions, freezing temperatures, droughts, as well as excess rains.
FACT: Buckwheat is actually a fruit seed that is related to rhubarb and sorrel.
Some of the masalas added to Chai have many benefits and can be traced back to Ayurvedic principles in their use; Cinnamon is said to be a stimulant to other herbs and enables them to work faster. Fennel calms the digestive system. Cardamom stimulates the mind and gives clarity. Ginger is well-known to fight off colds and flus. Cloves are also useful for colds and flus because they help regenerate the heat in the body.
FACT: The types and variations of Chai can vary greatly from region to region; Chai is as personal as the people that drink this delicious beverage.
Due to cinnamon’s antimicrobial properties, when added to food, it inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative. Cinnamon is an excellent source of manganese, dietary fiber, vitamin C and K, iron and calcium. Cinnamon’s strong fragrance comes from a compound called cinnamaldehyde.
The Journal of Medicinal Foods, June 2008 showed that the phenol content of spices offered better protection to brain tissue against advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) than any herb or antioxidant. University of Georgia researchers proved that clove, cinnamon and allspice are exceptionally strong at reducing inflammation in tissues. This is critical to preventing brain cell damage from stress, anxiety or mood swings.
FACT: In ancient times, cinnamon was more precious than gold and was regarded as a gift for monarchs.
Said to be high in fibre, potassium and the antioxidant flavonol , which has a positive effect on cardiovascular health by keeping blood vessels relaxed and possibly lowering cholesterol, according to the Cleveland Clinic. www.livestrong.com/article/265323
FACT: According to historical records, the inhabitants of Mesoamerican civilization living along the Mexican Gulf Coast cultivated the ‘kakawa’ tree in 1000 B.C.
In a November 2009 article published in the “International Journal of Cardiology,” statistician Jiang-nan Wu, Ph.D., and colleagues report that people who consumed one to four cups of coffee daily had significantly reduced the risk of heart disease compared to people who drank less than a cup per day. Dr. J. Margot de Koning Gans and colleagues report similar findings in an August 2010 article published in “Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology.” In their study, consumption of three to four cups of coffee daily conferred the greatest magnitude of decreased risk of heart disease among more than 37,500 study participants.
FACT: According to a coffee history legend, an Arabian shepherd named Kaldi found his goats dancing joyously around a dark green leafed shrub with bright red cherries in the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. Kaldi soon determined that it was the bright red cherries on the shrub that were causing the strange euphoria and after trying the cherries himself, he learned of their powerful effect.
These small fruits are a powerful antioxidant when compared to other fruits. They also contain plant chemicals which are called flavonoids. Among them are anthocyanins (which give cranberry its characteristically deep red color), proanthocyanidins and flavonols.
FACT: Native Americans believed in the medicinal value of the cranberry, using the berry in poultices to draw poison from arrow wounds.
Dates are extremely nutritious and retain their nutritional value when they are dried. They are high in fiber and a good source of many vitamins including vitamins A and K, folate, niacin, thiamine, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine and riboflavin. Dates are also rich in, calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and zinc. Calcium is needed to promote healthy teeth and bones, blood-clotting abilities, enzyme activity and toxin removal.
FACT: Dates appeared on Egyptian hieroglyphics and also became a survival food for nomadic tribes traveling throughout the Middle East.
We use a ratio of 70% blackstrap molasses to 30% fancy molasses. Fancy molasses is a direct product of sugar cane and not a by-product of any sugar manufacturing process. It does not contain additives or preservatives and is a pure product.
Aside from having every essential amino acid and also being high in fiber, vitamins and minerals, flax seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids (a healthy fat) and phytochemicals. According to the Flax Council of Canada (flaxcouncil.ca), flax seed is one of the richest plant sources for lignans, compounds that may help protect against certain kinds of cancer by blocking tumour formation.
FACT: Flax was originally cultivated in ancient Egypt. One tablespoon of ground flax has as much magnesium as a banana.
Known in the Himalayas as “white gold”, Himalayan salt contains the same 84 natural minerals and elements found in the human body. What is more, this salt’s unique cellular structure allows it to store vibrational energy. Its minerals exist in a colloidal form, meaning that they are tiny enough for our cells to easily absorb them.
FACT: This crystal form of salt has been maturing over the past 250 million years under intense tectonic pressure, creating an environment of zero exposure to toxins and impurities.
The lemon is primarily important for the nutritional value of the Vitamin C that it provides since the human body cannot produce this vitamin.
FACT: The first lemon seeds were introduced to America and the New World in 1493 by Christopher Columbus.
With 5 percent of the daily value for thiamin, 13 percent for calcium, 5 percent iron, 8 percent phosphorus, 2 percent potassium, 5 percent zinc and 29 percent manganese, poppy seeds go a long way in helping people get essential minerals.
FACT: Poppies are one of the most cultivated medicinal herbs in the world.
Millet is most recognized nutritionally for being a good source of the minerals magnesium, manganese and phosphorus. Research has linked magnesium to a reduced risk for heart attack and phosphorus is important for the development of body tissue and energy metabolism
FACT: Millet dates back to pre-historic times, approximately 5,000 B.C., with harvesting that predates rice in Neolithic China, India and Korea.
Cholesterol-free, low in sodium, high in fiber and totally fat-free are some of raisins’ highlights. Raisins are the best source of quick energy, as they contain 70 percent pure fructose, which is digested by the body easily and gives instant energy.
FACT: A study at the University Of Illinois College Of Dentistry showed that eating raisins reduced gum disease and tooth decay by neutralizing harmful oral bacteria.
One ounce of sesame seeds is high in calcium (28 percent daily value), iron (23 percent daily value) and dietary fiber (16 percent daily value).
FACT: Sesame seeds come in a host of colors, like white, black, red and yellow and add a mild, delicate crunchy flavour to the dishes.
Sunflower seeds are loaded with Vitamin E and Vitamin B1. They also are an excellent source of phytosterols, beneficial in reducing cholesterol and enhancing the immune system. Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of vitamin E, the body’s primary fat-soluble antioxidant. Just a quarter-cup of sunflower seeds contains 90.5% of the daily value for vitamin E.
FACT: While sunflowers are thought to have originated in Mexico and Peru, they are one of the first plants to ever be cultivated in the United States. They have been used for more than 5,000 years by the Native Americans, who not only used the seeds as a food and oil source, but also used the flowers, roots and stems for varied purposes including as a dye pigment.