Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Molasses Tips
- Nutritional Comparison of Molasses Brands
- Acid Reflux
- Arthritic Pain
- Blackstrap Molasses And High Iron Levels
- Blackstrap Molasses in Capsules
- Blood Count Increase
- Canker Sores
- Carpal Tunnel
- Fruit Trees
- General Feedback
- Gray Hair
- Heart Health
- Hot Flashes
- Immune System
- Iron Content
- Low Iron Count
- Menstrual Issues
- Molasses Book Reviews
- Molasses Daily Dosages
- Molasses Recipes
- Molasses Side Effects
- Molasses Vs. Demerara Sugar
- Multiple Cures
- Nose Bleeds
- Nutritional Value
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Side Effects
- Skin Rashes
- Sleep Issues
- Stomach Pain
- Sugar Cravings
- Sugar Substitute
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Uterine Polyp
- Weight Loss
- Where to Buy Molasses
Thanks to the wonderful feedback we have received over the past eight years, blackstrap molasses appears to be making headlines as one of the best home remedies around! We have emails from our readers about blackstrap molasses curing cancerous tumors, fibroid tumors, anxiety, constipation, edema, heart palpitations, anemia, arthritic pain, joint pain, and acne, just to name a few. It has also been reported that molasses turns gray hair back to its original color and is a wonderful skin softener!
1 Tablespoon of Blackstrap Molasses, first thing in the morning.
EARTH CLINIC'S ICED MOLASSES RECIPE:
1 TBLS Blackstrap Molasses
3/4 cup Milk or Soymilk
Add molasses to a glass and add just enough hot water to cover the molasses. Stir until dissolved. Add ice and then top off with either Milk or Soymilk. Avoiding milk?'Try vanilla or chocolate soymilk. Even yummier is to blend the whole concoction.
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WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MOLASSES AND BLACKSTRAP MOLASSES?
Regular ole molasses is the first or second boiling of cane sugar syrup while blackstrap is the third boiling of the syrup. Iron levels appear to increase 5% in the 3rd boiling (see Nutritional Chart).
Our readers offer information and opinions on Earth Clinic, not as a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested by anyone on this site. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.
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[YEA] 04/13/2010: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France: "Molasses and diarrhea: I followed the advice given here a few days ago to take molasses during the day, not on an empty stomach and it worked, my intestines are working fine now! And now I know, if I am constipated I will take it first thing in the morning. A pity I don't drink coffee, molasses seems to taste well in the coffee but I don't like it in the tea."Replies
07/07/2010: Maria from Mt. Laurel, Nj replies: "I drink black strap molasses in hot water with the juice of half a lemon. From my research Vitamin C helps with the absorption of iron. Before I started the bsm I would start my day with a glass of hot water and lemon... Now I just add the tablespoon of blm. I want to try it in warm almond milk next as suggested on this site. I'm drinking bsm for the myriad of heath benefits. Thanks for all the great tips here."
08/27/2010: Tasha from East Coast, Usa replies: "I like my BSM as follows, 2 tablespoons in approx 8 oz of hot(microwaved 3 min)water with either 2 heaping tbsp of vanilla instant coffee or with a tea bag. Im not a lover of coffee but the coffee combo is delicious. You can barely taste it in the hot tea, however."
10/20/2010: Kim from Melbourne, Australia replies: "I believe the tannins in tea stop the absorbtion of iron so you may want to be careful of that. Also I wonder if having the BSM in a very hot drink would reduce or destroy some of the nutrients. Anyone have research on this?"
12/27/2010: Kaio from Sofia, Bulgaria replies: "My concern about molasses is exactly their high content of iron. There are many health issues associated with iron building up in men and menopause women, damaging their organs. That is because for most people, iron overload has no symptoms. Some people with iron overload may experience symptoms. They may feel tired, have a low sex drive, see changes in skin color, and have pain in their joints. People may think these symptoms are caused by another disease, aging, or lack of sleep.
The only way to know if you have iron overload is to get tested for it. An iron level that continues to be over 1000 mcg/L (micrograms per liter) means you have iron overload. A simple blood test called a serum ferritin test can tell you your iron level. Too often, people with iron overload don't know they have it until they have serious health problems, such as heart failure, diabetes, or liver disease. Learn more about the impact of iron overload.
I also do not trust the soy product. No nation in far east use this tipe of soy product - they use fermented soy (like natto). Soy milk is devastating to be a part of the babies formulas."
01/06/2011: Maria from Gippsland, Australia replies: "Hi Kaio, After learning how much some sugarcane is aerial sprayed nowadays with pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers my concern is the use of non organic molasses for those with Fibromyalgia or Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. Your idea of having a simple blood test is excellent. There have been some Drs who even prescribe iron tablets without doing this test.
A few years ago I had a chat with an hematologist regarding the use of Vit C to help with the absorption of iron. Not only to help get enough for those anemic in iron but also for those with levels that are to high and the use of Vit C to help in not absorbing too much. He agreed that Vit C can do both of these, BUT it would be worth getting it checked more often if it is in the high bracket. I have seen firsthand the results of someone who is a hematomacrosis carrier, whose iron levels were at the borderline of needing to be bleed, who had a large serving of Lambs-fry (liver) for their evening meal and also ate some the following morning for breakfast. They took Vit C with each meal and had their blood tested that afternoon. The results were iron in the normal range albeit on the higher end. Also a friend had low iron levels in her pregnancy but would not take iron tablets, she got her test results into the normal range (lower end) by having Vit C or orange juice with her meals."
05/22/2011: Angeldivine from Bedford Hts, Oh replies: "I read about the benefits of blackstrap molasses years ago and have been taking it off and on ever since. More recently, I have been using the organic blackstrap molasses consistently. I have a "molasses coffee, " which is BSM mixed w/ vanilla almond milk and and them warmed; a "molasses milkshake, " which is BSM mixed w/ cold vanilla almond milk and ice cubes or in a blender w/ ice cubes; and any kind of fruit smoothie w/ about a tbls of BSM. Every now and then, I'll make gingerbread using the BSM, ginger, and a little agave nectar for a little extra sweetness. You can look up recipes and tweak them if you're vegan. Overall, the greatest benefit so far is curing the dizziness or lightheadedness I would get as a result of taking an herbal diuretic. Diuretics can deplete the body of potassium and BSM rectifies these symptoms."
08/12/2011: Dianew from Fresno, Ca, United States replies: "I am trying to take BSM but finding it very heavy to consume all at once. This evening I took 1 TBS of it, and blended it with some almond milk and a banana. It helped to make a smoothie out of it but it still felt like "too much". Will I get the same benfits if I take less... perhaps a teaspoon instead of a tablespoon? diane"
09/26/2011: Nolan from New Orleans, La replies: "I started taking Blackstrap Molasses about 4weeks ago. Just started sprinkling a little sugar over the Blackstrap Molasses on the tablespoon and let sink in. This helps a lot."
10/07/2011: Immich from Las Vegas, Nv, Usa replies: "I've taken 1tbsp, once per day, for 3 days and I'm noticing that it's giving me something like heart palpitations just after taking it, I think this is odd because I've seen it mentioned that it prevents this. Not sure that I will stop taking it just yet, I'm very healthy overall and not too alarmed by this... Has anyone else experienced this???"
10/25/2011: G-ma from Cincinnati, Oh 45039, Usa replies: "Plantation unsulphurated BlkStr. I love the flavor, (reminds me of Goodn'Plenty my favorite candy), so I take 1 T. in a.m., for 3 days now, today I was having a slight pounding in the center of my back, I thought it might be my heart too! I am 57, good health, active w/3 new grandbabies??"
11/02/2011: Shelly from Springdale, Arkansas replies: "That strange feeling in your chest (and back) could be acid reflux."
12/01/2011: Lynette from Brisbane, Australia replies: "I HAVE JUST HEARD OF THE POWER OF BLACKSTRAP MOLASSES IN CONJUNCTION WITH APPLE CIDER VINEGAR (WITH MOTHER AS OPPOSED TO ONE DEADENED BY PASTUERISING). I SUFFER FROM ARTHRITIS IN THE KNEES AND HAVE 2 TEASPOONS OF THE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR WITH 1 TEASPOON OF BACKSTRAP MOLASSES IN A GLASS OF WARM WATER THAT HAS HAD LEMON JUICE SQUEEZED INTO IT. DO THIS MORNING AND NIGHT. IT WAS RECOMMENDED TO ME BY SOMEONE WHO NO LONGER SUFFERS FROM GOUT IN HIS FOOT DUE TO THE EFFICIENCY OF THIS CONCOCTION.
I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE SAME RELIEF."
12/01/2011: Swampash from Colorado Springs, Colorado replies: "I would not use soy milk with BSM as soy is 99% GMO, so chances are you are drinking GMO soy milk. Try it with Almond milk or some other suitable juice/drink. As the report on most apple juices containing high levels of arsenic just came out - give apple juice a miss also."
10/07/2012: Margaret from Asheville, Nc replies: "Mix molasses with some butter or margarine with a fork and put on whole grain toast or on a biscuit. Marvelous! I have eaten this since I was a youngster."
10/23/2012: Claudia from Orange, Ca/usa replies: "Don't try this at home, but... Back in the early '80's I was expecting my 5th and 6th children (twins). In my fourth month my blood work came back with the iron a little low. My ob-gyn gave me a RX for some iron pills. I went home and started a regimen of 4-6 tbl. of unsulphered black strap molasses and didn't fill the RX. The next week the doc said, "Boy, those iron pills really work! " My iron levels were good throughout my pregnancy (had healthy babies) and I kept up the daily dose of molasses."
03/27/2013: Javschloggit from Wise, Virginia replies: "I absolutely love BSM! For all you with a green thumb out there, your plants do too! Look it up. But the way, I usually consume my BSM in a smoothie for breakfast. I use BSM, fruit(usually berries), vanilla extract, milk kefir, and avocado to thicken it."
Nutritional Comparison of Molasses Brands
|Brand Name: Wholesome Sweeteners|
|Serving Size: 1 TBS|
|Potassium: 730mg (20%)|
|Calcium: 115mg (10%)|
|Total Carbohydrates: 14g (4%)|
|Total Fat: 0g|
Vitamin B6: 10%
11/29/2009: Healing_elements from Seattle, Washington reports: "Plantation Organic Unsulphured Blackstrap Molasses
Serving size: 1 Tbsp(21g)
MOLASSES (NOT ORGANIC)
01/20/2010: Coconutgirl from Greenville, Sc, Usa writes: "You asked for information about the brand of molasses I take. I found it at my local farmer's market. Here it is:
Golden Barrel, produced by Good Food, Inc., Honey Brook, PA
Per 1 tbsp 20g
Sodium 25 mg 1%
carbohydrates 13g 4%
potassium 320mg 9%"
06/04/2009: Victoria from San Diego, CA writes: "Brand: Plantation
Blackstrap Unsulphered Molasses
serving size: 1 TBS
Sodium: 10 mg
Potassium: 297 mg
Vit A 20%
3/1/2008: Brooke from Montgomery, TX writes: "Brand: Holiday Molasses
Serving Size 1 TBS.
Total Fat 0
9/16/2008: Sharon from Vian, OK writes: "Grandma's Molasses
serving size = 1 tbsp
Amount per serving
Calories = 60
Sodium = 15mg
Potassium = 150mg
Total Carbohydrate = 15g
Sugars = 10g
% of daily values:
Calcium = 4%
Iron = 4%
Magnesium = 2%
B&G Foods Inc
Roseland, NJ 07068
1/21/2008: Patty from Chicago, IL writes: "Grandma's Gold Standard all natural
12/14/2007: Nancye from Vanleer, Tn writes: "House of Herbs puts out a variety of Blackstrap Molasses:
Sat Fat 0%
Is it possible to get too much Iron by using this product daily? I have CFS. Always looking for a cure for fatique, foggy brain, etc."
12/06/2007: From Steve of Shohola, PA, USA:
Brer Rabbit Blackstrap Molasses
serving size = 1 tbsp
Amount per serving
Calories = 60
Sodium = 25mg
Potassium = 240mg
Total Carbohydrate = 14g
Sugars = 10g
% of daily values:
Calcium = 20%
Iron = 25%
Magnesium = 25%
B&G Foods Inc
Roseland, NJ 07068
10/25/2007: From Nancy of Amelia Ct Hse, VA:
Tree of Life Brand
Serving: 1 Tbsp
Total Carbs 11g
11/25/2007: From Patsy of Moncton, NB Canada:
Per 1tbsp 20g
carbohydrates 13g 4%
vit B6 4%
If you take another brand of molasses with different nutritional values than what is posted above, please email it to us! "Replies
02/08/2011: Paolo from Ottawa, Ontario Canada replies: "I just got a compliment today. A co-worker asked if I was coloring my hair. I told her it was the black strap molasses that I have been consuming regularily... I guess it does work!"
02/16/2011: Caroleco1 from Buffalo, New York, USA replies: "Have suffered from anemia for a number of years. I find that the Blackstrap Molasses help to build the iron. I drink 1 tablespoon in the morning with 1/2 glass of milk. I drink one tablespoon in the evening before bedtime with 1/2 glass of milk. I suffer from AVM of the small intestines, it cannot be treated with surgery. Ever so often I bleed internally so it is important to keep my iron levels up. I cannot eat too many dark leafly vegetables because I am on Warfarin for artificial heart valves. Vitamin K. I prefer the Blackstrap Molasses over a blood transfusion anyday. I am 54 years old and 95 pounds. After 5 kids all grown except one. Does anyone out there have any recipes for smoothies. Thanks!"
04/07/2011: Nicole from Toronto, Ontario replies: "An example of a smoothie is:
- about 3 cups of water
- irish moss powder (about 2 table spoons)
- 2 table spoons hemp seeds
- a dash of cinnamon
- a heaping tablespoons of blackstrap molasses
06/05/2012: Aine from Seattle, Wa replies: "I like mixing a banana, almond or coconut milk, and a tablespoon or two in a blender. If I have grated coconut, that adds a nice flavor, too. Easy and delicious!"
03/10/2013: Songbird from Monterey, Ca, Usa replies: "Forgive me if this is a duplicate ?? that I skimmed too quickly through all the reads... Is non-sulphured molasses the equivalent to black-strap? I have an "Uncle Steve's Molasses Blend" "non-sulphur or lime"... Ingredient list: invert sugar, pure cane sugar, tricol, water, salt (!)
I usually use Grandma's brand for baking but this brand was clearanced and I thought I'd try it. Now, with my new education on this wonderful site, I would like to experience the benefits of the black-strap molasses. Shall I use it for health or just cookies?? Thanks!"
[YEA] 08/19/2007: Kita from Detroit, Michigan: "I had acid reflux bad for the past two years. Oneday my aunt went to a health food store. Her and a lady got to talking about blackstrap. The lady had tried everything for her acid reflux so the doctor finally told her about blackstrap molasses. My aunt brought some for me and within days the acid reflux started to go down. Now I have been taking it for4 months now. It is just about cured! It is the best thing for acid reflux. I took two teapsoons of it everyday in april and now I take less because it doesnt bother me. One or two teaspoons will help get you through the whole day."Replies
01/05/2010: Ruskat from Nelson, New Zealand replies: "To stop acid reflux, you should drink more water, specifically, a glass half an hour before eating. This treatment is based on the fact that water initiates the production of bicarbonate soda which is an alkaline that makes the contents of your stomach ready for release into the intestines. Without this process the body will try to eject the harmfully acidic fluid back through the asophagus... reflux"
07/18/2012: Normajd10 from San Jose, Ca replies: "Great info. I am newly diagnosed with acid reflux and have been taking prilosec and pepcid for about one month now. My throat still feels like there is food stuck and the doctor to a look and said my opening to my esophogus is swollen of course. It's very uncomfortable. Will any molasses do or does it have to be blackstrap?"
07/19/2012: Bill from San Fernando, Philippines replies: "Hi Normajd10... If your doctor did not give you any tests to assess whether you have too much or too little stomach acid then he hasn't done his job. It has been found that 80% - 90% of most cases of acid reflux are actually caused by too little stomach acid.
Stomach acid, at the correct strength, is the only way that duodenal digestion, which is main stage digestion, can be triggered -- releasing neccessary enzymes and bicarbonates from the pancreas to neutralize the acid -- that occurs after stomach digestion. So if there is too little stomach acid and the acid strength is too low -- duodenal digestion will simply not occur causing reflux and all sorts of other stomach and intestinal problems in the future. Similarly, if your stomach acid is too weak and you are also taking PPIs like prilosec -- this will continue to massively reduce your stomach acid strength -- further aggrevating your reflux and creating more gut problems for you in the future.
To be absolutely sure of confirming your condition, there are two things you can do. You can either ask your doctor to have what is called the Heidelberg pH Test to determine stomach acid strength or you can determine stomach acid strength through blood chemistry, urine analysis and hair analysis.
Another simple test that you can perform yourself to find out if you have low stomach acid is to simply drink a glass of lemon juice with water or drink a glass with two tablespoons of vinegar(or apple cider vinegar) while you eat your meal. Taking lemon juice or vinegar with your meals will increase the acidity in your stomach and help your digestion to work properly. So if your acid reflux stops or reduces when you do this -- then your problem is probably low stomach acidity.
Unfortunately, using vinegar or lemon juice is not the cure for reflux but will only accomodate your problem -- it just treats the symptoms. To affect a cure for low stomach acid do the following:
* Take betaine hydrochloride tablets at mealtimes. To find your correct dose(and correct stomach acid strength) increase your dosage of BH by one tablet every meal until you get an uncomfortable acid feeling. Then cut back by one or two tabs and that is your dose. Further on down the timeline, as your stomach heals and you start producing more stomach acid, you will again get that uncomfortable acid felling. Keep cutting back the dosage like this until your stomach is healed and you no longer have to take the BH. The stomach is now healed because the BH supplies chloride for the stomach to manufacture its own acid.
* Take 1/4-1/2 tspn of sea salt outside mealtimes. This also helps to supply chloride and minerals to increase stomach acid and for the stomach to heal itself.
* Take pancreatin enzymes at mealtimes to help with digestion.
* Take Ted from Bangkok's Sodium Bicarbonate and water remedy -- 1/4 - 1/2 tspn of SB in half a glass of water. Take this 1/2hr - 1 hr after you finish your meal and your food has moved into the duodenim. This helps main stage duodenal digestion and also aids the stomach to protect itself after you have eaten. It neutralizes the stomach acids in the stomach when it is empty and is incorporated in the mucus of the stomach to protect the parietal cells of the stomach from acid damage after stomach digestion.
* Take Kelp extract or lugols drops drops for the iodine. Iodine is also necessary for proper stomach acid formation."
07/19/2012: Lisa from Manchester, Nh, Usa replies: "How about using black licorice capsules along with aloe capsules or drink? Also a good full spectrum probiotic and digestive enzymes. No more acid reflux."
[YEA] 02/15/2009: JEM from Fort Worth, TX: "I kept getting breakouts on my chin and around my mouth. I somehow stumbled onto blackstrap molasses. I take two tablespoons a day (in Stash's double spice chai tea- really good) and it really seems to help. No new breakouts. Just the fading red marks from the old ones. I pretty certain it's the molasses because I stopped taking it for about a month while I was on vacation and the acne came back within a week.
I also did some research- blackstrap contains copper which helps skin repair itself and a bit of zinc which when taken consistently has the effect of an antibiotic/anti-acne prescription. Just make sure you get the right ratio of zinc and copper- they block the absorption of each other and can cause an imbalance."
07/29/2012: Jude from Somerville, Ma replies: "I have also found that an aspirin or cup of willow tea will eliminate acne."
[YEA] 07/24/2006: Nathan from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: "Supplementing my diet with molasses has decreased my acne about 97% in two weeks. I take two tablespoons when I wake up in the morning, and two before I go to bed at night. It eases digestive problems, so if your acne is related to constipation, it's a sure-fire bet. It also supplements you with minerals such as Chromium, which about 90% of Americans are deficient in."Replies
07/31/2008: Nathan from Vung Tau, Ho Chi Minh City replies: "Update: Since experimenting with other possibilities, I find that Aloe Vera works well at night, and Blackstrap Molasses in the morning. Raw Aloe works best. One or two tablespoons should be all you need. A perfect cure!"
10/08/2009: Nga from Dana Point, Ca,usa replies: "Hi, what do you mean Raw Aloe? is it cut from the garden?"
02/02/2010: Chris from Brookhaven, Pa Usa replies: "Responding to Nga asking if one should take aloe from the garden. The gel that comes from the plant is okay to put on the skin for burns or skin problems, but do not eat the gel or any part of the plant! You can buy aloe juice in a health food store for digestive problems or reflux, but this juice has been specially treated to remove harmful chemicals found in the plant so it is safe"
EC: Hmmm... many people eat the fresh gel from the aloe plant! Read more here: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/aloe_vera.html#RF
02/03/2010: Bertiebon22 from Aston, Pa, U.s. replies: "I love fresh aloe. But I would like to mention that Dead Sea Minerals are used to treat acne as well.
My niece uses acne soap sulfer soap, which is a natural disinfectant (not sulfates that are harsh on your skin) and mud mask. Fragrance free moisturizers. Not promising any miracles, but this worked for her and she has tried everything. She said her face feels better. I hope this helps.
02/03/2010: Lita209 from Sanford, Fl replies: "Chris I have aloe vera plants and use them all the time. I actually think they are better fresh that processed. Just my opinion."
[YEA] Anonymous : "2 teaspoons of black strap molasses with one teaspoon of sulphur once or twice daily to cleanse the blood. Skin eruptions may increase initially -- an indication that the blood is being cleansed."Replies
09/05/2011: Alice from Whitestone, New York/usa replies: "aahh.... Thank you for that. I recently read how wonderful blackstrap molasses is for you but I noticed that I started breaking out. Wasn't sure if it was or could even be the molasses but that was the only new thing I added to my diet. So I stopped for a couple of days and no breakouts. Had two teaspoons yesterday and today another breakout. I'm 51 and should have acne. So should I just keep with it? And how long should it take before the acne stops?"
09/05/2011: Liz from Boston, Massachusetts replies: "I would stick with it because it will likely pass. I am almost the same age as you and was never acne-prone, not even in my youth. I don't think I've had even one random pimple in over 20 years.
About two or three days into taking BSM, I woke to find a small whitehead on my cheek. I thought 'What the... ?? A ZIT??' Then it hit me - molasses. :)
That was close to a year ago. I've never had one since."
07/23/2012: Planky from Ronkonkoma, New York, United States replies: "I didn't get acne from molasses but have rash like hives on my arm since I started molasses. I don't know whether to continue or stop taking it. I am taking it for fibroids."
07/23/2012: Tamara from Fort Collins, Colorado replies: "Hi Planky. I, too, got hives from taking molasses everyday. It took me a week to figure it out, but I realized that I had bought a different brand than I usually take. It was organic and unsulphured, but I definitely reacted to it! I took a few weeks off but really the only thing that worked to get rid of the hives faster was eating good ole' apples! I had been listening to Robert Von Sarbacher (of Mini Beet Protocol fame), and he talks a lot about the detoxing power of apples. I had at least 3 apples a day for a week and the hives went away. Without them, I believe it would've taken longer. So switch up the brand, try some apples and good luck!"
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 02/03/2013: Moogs from La, Usa replies: "I tried BSM for the first time last week. Had a terrible experience, thought it tasted awful anyway I tried it; coffee, milk, oatmeal, made it into a fudge with cocoa powder, coconut oil, coconut macca, cinnamon, and agave. Although the fudge was actually decent tasting. Anways, my face completely broke out and my eczema was out of control all last week. Suddenly today, one full week after starting on one tblspn per day, my skin is clear and no more itching. So I'm glad I've stuck with it. I am now forcing myself to drink it straight from the spoon with some warm water right after to take away the taste. I'm slowly getting used to the taste but can't imagine I'll ever like it."
04/07/2011: April from Kingston, Ny, United States: "I just started taking BSM for my extreme anemia. I see that people are putting it in a hot beverage. I've just been eating it straight off of the spoon. Should I be diluting it in something so that it will absorb faster, or am I okay just taking it straight?"Replies
04/08/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "I have been taking molassess mixed with organic coconut oil - delicious. My son even will eat it this way."
04/05/2013: Mos from Chicago, Il replies: "how much coconut oil vs how much black strap molasses? I suffer from anemia, thinning hair/hair loss (female) I have curly hair so I have been putting coconut oil in it but I am interested in ingesting it to help and the black strap molasses is too strong for me to take by itself, I gag. I usually put it in almond milk.
perhaps I should try coconut milk?"
[YEA] 12/08/2010: Anna from Pittsburgh, Pa: "I just started taking BSM about two weeks ago and can already feel a difference in energy! Even my period seems a lot lighter than usual. The funny thing is, that I didn't even know I was iron deficient until reading about the same symptoms I've been having for years! I really thought its normal to feel so tired all the time.. Its so important to listen to our bodies and make use of what nature provides for us to be our healthiest-inside and out!"Replies
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 12/15/2010: Camilla H from Ridgebury, Ct Usa replies: "I had heavy spotting and a heavy period at age 60. It seemed to be a cyst (ovarian) from my symptoms. I was really scared as I had a high health insurance deductible and the thought of expensive tests was out of the question. This site has helped me so much and I thought I would share with you my strategy gleaned from other readers's comments. I rarely ate red meat and with the alarming bleeding lately, and the cyst; I must have been anemic on top of the cyst or fibroids.
I started Saturday with 2 TBSP Plantation Blackstrap Molasses three times that first day. Mixed with chocolate low fat milk. Then 2 tsp Apple Cider Vineger diluted in water with a small addition of fruit juice to flavor three times day. The second day, reduced to 2 tsp of BSM twice a day and same dose of ACV twice a day. Third day, 1 robust TBSP BSM and 2 tsp ACV each twice a day morning and night. At first, the bleeding changed in content. A darker red and not lightening up. I was scared but kept on. Taking an Advil helped to lighten it for a few hours. I kept up and onward believing in the other ladies who had gotten results. On the fourth day, a slight reduction in bleeding. On this the fifth day, less yet again. I will keep you posted. I am so relieved so far. I was always buying Kotex pads and was exhausted each day with the stress of why was the bleeding happening?"
12/15/2010: Special01 from Indianapolis, In, Usa replies: "This is how things started for me. By the next month my cycle went from 15-16 days to 5. Now it lasts about 3 days and it is not heavy at all. I tried Blackstrap Molasses with Apple Cider Vinegar and it was heavier. I just use Blackstrap Molasses alone."
[YEA] 05/05/2011: Cherryl from Ashburn, Va replies: "I agree soy is not the best way to go. There is almond milk, coconut or rice milk. My daughter who is autistic her doctors warned to avoid the cows milk prefers coconut or almond, I Silk is the best manufacturer. She's also been having terrible cramps and heavy periods. After taken blackstrap molases, she's been doing great. I also started taking it. I'm not as tired and my grey hair is not as grey."
06/23/2011: Debbie from Georgia, Usa replies: "ovarian cycst are caused by low iodine in diet, try iodine Rescue. Just do research on it u will be amazed; "
07/03/2011: Joseph from Racine, Wi. replies: "There is a great book out by D.C. Jarvis, M. D. The book is easy reading and explains how apple cider vinegar, honey and iodine can cure many, many things. The book is cheep and you can find it on amazon.com."
07/08/2011: Jeri from Murphy, Tx replies: "This is for Cheryl from Ashburn, VA, I too agree that soy is not the best way to go. I would like to know how long you and your daughter have been on the BSM and if she is still doing well with cramps and heavy periods and how your gray is doing. You may contct me at jeriwoods(at)verizon, net as I have more questions."
[YEA] 05/06/2009: Jess from Columbus, OH: "My 22 month old was diagnosed as being anemic because of low iron count last month his iron count was 10pts the average is 12pts or higher. We had already been giving him high iron food and a vitamin with iron in it and nothing would bring the count up. The pediatrician gave us an iron drop supplement to give him, i didnt feel comfortable giving it to him because of all the side effects. Someone told me to try black strap molasses because it was high in iron. So i gave it a try and in 3 weeks his iron count went from 10pts to 14pts!!! We just gave it to him in his soymilk bottle."Replies
06/12/2009: Crstline99 from Crestline, CA replies: "You can also try cream of wheat to bring up iron. I used it before surgery, because I had to give blood to myself two weeks in a row before surgery. My iron went up a lot. enough that the nurse taking my blood made a comment on how unusual it was for someone's counts to go UP after giving blood the week before."
01/03/2010: Dkay from San Diego, Ca replies: "For God's sake--stop feeding your poor baby soy milk! It will cause him to have thyroid problems as he ages. All soy products other than fermented soy depresses the thyroid. If he is allergic to cow's milk see if he can tolerate goat milk, but ditch the soy. You can read about the problems this has been causing on the internet. From one who is suffering from Hashimoto's thyroiditis--you don't want your baby to suffer from thyroid problems!"
02/17/2010: Julie from Loisa, Ky replies: "I have used blackstrap, and it did help. I had a real hard time keeping my count at 11. The blackstrap has very high sugar content, and it did cause weight gain. I started eating lots of greens, ie spinich, kale and these have some of the highest nutrient values of any food. You can eat as much as you want without haveing to worry about sugar.
As for the baby, it is fine to use soymilk as long as you are using plain soymilk. With all the gmo. and additives we are getting way far from the natural soy. I make my own or buy it in a box that reads unsweetend organic soymilk. the ingredients are soybeans and water. The soy that is causing problems is "soy protein isolate, and TSP" These are chemically derived and not found in nature. People, half truths are far more dangerous than flat untruths. A soy bean is no more dangerous in its natural state than any other bean."
03/11/2010: Adriana from Sofia, Bulgaria replies: "Organic or not soy should be consumed only rarely. In addition to suppressing the thyroid it has too much phyto-estrogen. It can cause boys to be feminine and female babies get pubic hair, for example."
03/18/2010: Beth from Vista, Ca replies: "Here is an exerpt from a report about infants fed soy milk.
"Infants exclusively fed soy-based formula have 13,000 to 22,000 times more estrogen compounds in their blood than babies fed milk-based formula, the estrogenic equivalent of at least five birth control pills per day."
The link is http://www.soyonlineservice.co.nz/"
03/18/2010: Rob from Manhattan, New York replies: "are you sure it isn't the meat industry spin...Societies that consume larger quantities of whole soy seem to be doing better health wise than north america's meat eating populace. Sure there are individual reactions, allergies etc..., though I just don't accept that soy as a whole is harmful & in fact the opposite, in moderation.
04/17/2010: Sara from Sacramento, Ca, Usa replies: "I am just wondering if I start taking Black Strap Molasses in my diet. Do I gain weights? I am already 50 lb overweight?
I need energy and focus."
EC: One person has complained of weight gain in the side effects section of the blackstrap molasses page here at Earth Clinic.
05/05/2010: Michelle from Spokane, Wa replies: "Rob, you're correct that soy is consumed in large quantities in many eastern cultures and they tend to be healthier. The key point you're missing, however, is that eastern cultures eat *fermented* soy products, e.g. tofu and tempeh. They do not eat unfermented soy products.
The fermentation process renders the estrogen-mimicking and the thyroid-threatening compounds in soy safe, makes the nutrients more bio-available, and turns soy into a healthy, protective food. Read the studies themselves and see specifically *what* the subjects are eating. Not all soy-based products are created equal. Plain old soy milk, organic or otherwise, is still unfermented and should not be fed, well, to anyone. Same with soy yogurt, cheese, and ice cream. It has to be fermented to be safe. Many, many people don't understand this important distinction, which Dkay did point out.
Anecdotally, I once tried substituting soy milk on my morning cereal. Within 3 days I was experiencing breakthrough bleeding (a female hormone issue), something I'd never had an issue with my whole life. After stopping the soy milk, everything was back to normal in a couple days. My curiosity about this event prompted my research. Google "fermented soy" to start your own research."
05/06/2010: Annie from Ny, Ny replies: "Tofu is not fermented. Besides tempeh, miso, soy sauce and natto are fermented soy products."
05/06/2010: Annie from Ny, Ny replies: "I wanted to revise my previous submission by clarifying that tofu can be fermented. However, tofu that comes in the box containers with soft, silken, regular, etc varieties are not fermented. This is the tofu that most Americans consume."
05/06/2010: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Thanks Michelle. A while ago I discovered Miso soup and I love it at lunch with some raw garlic and a bit of parsley or coriander. It makes a change for my cup of tea but then I read that you have a history of breast cancer you shouldn't use soya products. Because of what you said I went to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermented_soy_products) and yes, miso seems to be one of the safe products. Other than that we eat no soy whatsoever other than what is hidden in the products we buy."
05/06/2010: Rob from Manhattan, New York replies: "thanks for this info....lately, I have made an effort to introduce more fermented soy to my diet (Natto) cutting back & replacing soy milk with homemade almond milk. (you can find many recipes on the web) On another note...This is a great recipe for Tuscan Kale salad (I never knew it could be so good raw) http://vimeo.com/11141089"
EC: Wow, that kale salad looks delicious. Thanks for the video link!
05/07/2010: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Rob from Manhattan,
Okay, that looks delicious! It's making me so hungry! And I love good kale salads. I may have to make this for lunch.
Glad to see you switching from the soy products. I eat natto almost everyday and have been for a month now after reading about it. One of the ways I dress my natto is to add a bit of soy sauce- the wheat free one, a bit of brown rice vinegar, a dab of wasabe powder and stir it up. So yummy! Years ago I tried natto and absolutely hated it. Now I look forward to it.
Also, have added in miso, another excellent source of fermented soy which keeps the body ecosystem healthy. Sometimes what I do is put a dab of it in my salad at lunch and toss it. It gives it a delicious flavor and goes really well with the sea veggies I toss in the salad. Have you tried tempeh? That's another fermented soy product and can be seasoned in different ways. It is the fermentation process that helps make the soy a useful food for our bodies. Fermented foods and drinks are extremely helpful to our bodies because they keep our gut replenished with all the good bacteria which keeps us healthy. Just be careful that you don't have a candida condition or it can cause problems. It is best to start by clearing out the candida before introducing fermented foods and drinks to then re-flourish your body with the good bacteria.
The best to everyone, Lisa"
07/04/2010: Funnybones from Henderson, Nv replies: "to Julie from Loisa, Ky and Jess from Columbus:
You should not have soy products except miso and tamarind which are fermented as Dkay from San Diego stated because all the others will cause thyroid problems. Better safe than sorry. I also have Hashimotos and so does my sister it tends to run in families. Give your baby Goat milk as suggested. Later the child when the child is older it can have coconut milk, brown rice milk or hemp milk. Stay away from soy, GMO or not."
10/13/2011: Kls from Washington, Dc, Washington, Dc, Usa replies: "Re: the "soy or not" discussion. I am very familiar with a group/society that has a strict vegan diet. However, over the past 10 years, there were more than a few deaths that resulted from cancers that just popped up out of nowhere in fatal stages. I wondered why, how, did some research, observed, and inquired - only to find out it was the years of consumption of unfermented soy products that was the culprit, e.g. , tofu, soy milk, tvp (textured vegetable protein), etc. - BEWARE!!! When the vegetarian/vegan diet exploded, manufacturers in their greediness, skipped the fermentation process to make money more quickly. ONLY fermented soy products are safe, e.g. , natto, tempeh, miso, etc. I still feel so badly for the victims, all very nice, good people who got sandbagged by the industry. What a waste! Take heed."
10/27/2011: Julie from Gaithersburg, Md replies: "Where does edamame (cooked soy beans) fall in the safe/unsafe/fermented/unfermented spectrum? It seems like it would be (duh) unsafe... But I really want to be sure! My kids and I love them, we eat them often roasted (homemade), and I'm wondering if we need to cut them out of our diet pronto. Thanks!"
06/05/2012: Swhit from Los Angeles replies: "Adriana from Bulgaria, Cow's milk does that here. I have at least 4 friends whose girls (8 total) all had breasts and pubics before they were 5yrs old."
06/23/2012: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, Usa replies: "I know this is a BSM thread, but on the iron topic, dark chocolate - must be 70% cocoa - is high in iron. I had no idea til I was bored one day and read the label of my Ghiradelli bar. Any of the major chocolatiers will have an extra-dark bar, just check the label for iron contribution. It probably won't solve all your iron issues on the spot, but sure is a tasty way to get more iron. If eating the bar itself seems weird, melt it and dip fresh fruit in it..."
11/06/2012: Aliesha from Newcastle, Nsw replies: "Blackstrap molasses should not be causing weight gain. It is low on the glycemic index scale and 2 tablespoons twice a day is not enough to cause weight gain (of course every calorie counts on a calorie controlled diet). If you look up, "blackstrap molasses low glycemic index" you'll find lots of information on that."
[YEA] 04/09/2009: Angela from Greenwich, CT: "I have suffered from anemia for almost 20 years and I have taken iron supplements and changed my diet so that I can overcome this anemia. I have also had many tests done to try to find out the source. I recently found out about the Gluten and have removed gluten from my diet. I also read about mollases and its many great benefits and take 1 tablespoon daily. My energy has more than doubled with these two changes in my diet and my periods are not as long and as painful! I have a feeling that the gluten has been robbing my body of its nutrition and adding the mollases has helping my body recover! I am so grateful to have found out about this product and this website!"Replies
05/23/2012: Tara from San Antonio, Texas replies: "Hi! In response to the ladies who have painful, heavy, and long periods you should also consider the possibility of having endometriosis. Most women have it and do not know it. The symptoms are heavy periods, pelvic pain, irregular periods, pain during intercourse, etc.
Endometriosis is where the endometrial tissue (the stuff that sheds and bleeds during your period) grows outside of your uterus. This means that you have internal bleeding in your pelvic cavity and possibly other organs every month during your period. Your body does not absorb this type of blood and tissue (that's why we flush it out monthly) and so your body forms scar tissue and lesions to cover up and contain the blood. This can end up in your organs getting fused together through the scar tissue formation. The way I found out I had it is that my right ovary was fused to my pelvic wall, and I had a cyst rupture (very painful!! ). The ER doctor thought it might be endometriosis and sent me to a specialist. A week later I had the surgery and they confirmed that I had it. They go in laparoscopically and laser all the scar tissue off of the organs and drain the blood from the pelvic cavity. Men can also have endometriosis especially in their eyes.
I was diagnosed with it several years ago and went through two surgeries and lots of heavy birth control to regulate the pain. After the surgeries I felt so much better- I had no idea I was in so much pain all the time. My doctor told me the only way to diagnose endometriosis is through surgery and other informational sites agree. On that note I suggest avoiding surgery and especially the heavy hormone treatments they put you on (before I tried looking for natural remedies they put me into medical menopause for a year at the age of 21! ).
The reason I bring this up is because someone mentioned that their period had less pain after removing gluten from their diet. Gluten is known to be a cause of pain for women who have endometriosis. If you have very painful periods try removing gluten from your diet and see if this fixes your pain problems. If it does you might have endometriosis and there are other natural remedies through diet change that can really help diminish your pain, heavy/irregular periods, and need for surgery.
My doctor said that typically seven out of ten women have endometriosis. I don't know if those statistics are true or not, but I hope that we can increase awareness so women will not have to live with the pain thinking its normal like I did!
There are several books on natural remedies and diet for endometriosis. I recommend trying the diet (it's healthy for you anyways- olive oil, lemon, etc. ) and not taking the treatments. You should also know that black cohosh and other female regulatory herbs increase the growth of endometriosis."
08/24/2012: Amber from Tyrone, Pa, Us replies: "Tara, is there one book in paticular you can recommend for endometriosis?"
[YEA] 03/16/2009: Erin from Haiku, HI: "Blackstrap Molasses CURED my anemia. Pain is better with menstrual cycles/fibroids. Heart palpitations stopped altogether. Decreased excessive blood loss during cycle within 24 hours. I use 3 Tbs daily in a smoothie, without fail. 1 week before cycle I start taking 4 Tbs daily in smoothie and continue until cycle stops. I have more energy and focus.
banana, frozen blueberries (anti-oxidant), 3-4 Tbs organic Blackstrap Molasses, spirulina, green edge powder, 1 Tbs Udo's efa oil, ground Tbs goji berries/ Tbs raw cacao, 3 Tbs Maca powder, sometimes an apricot or peach.
Tasty, BSM makes it deliciously sweet, can't taste the spirulina although the drink IS green!. It is very fulfilling and energizing.
If you have candida or parasites it may make you bloat. If this happens you can take 3 clove caps, 3 wormwood caps and 10 drops of black walnut- it will kill them and you can continue enjoying your morning drink.
BTW: I learned about BSM from this very website. I thank you with all of my heart."
11/15/2008: Margeret Green from Toronto, Ontario, Canada: "l have been taking molasses for years over 10 years for my ulcer and anemia. Four year ago l start have problem with my kidneys. l have a cyst on kidney which is killing me with pain. The doctor told me there is no cure for that. l recently start taking ACV FOR IT . l recently bought molasses for a friend who was very sick and suffering from anemia she told me that the molasses is not for kidneys. ls it the cause of my kidney problems is it true? Does the molasses have side effect on the kidneys/ please advice ASAP THANKS."Replies
11/26/2008: CONNIE from DE BERRY, Texas US replies: "flush the kidneys of all that calcium by drinking 2 oz of concentrated lemon juice and 2oz of olive oil. it disolved my kidney stones and gave me instant relief. molasses has alot of calcium in it."
[WARNING!] 10/30/2008: Susan from Catskills, New York, USA: "PLEASE, PLEASE use caution when increasing iron intake from any source (particularly something like molasses that has been SO over processed -- it astounds me that people will turn their nose up at sugar as being a "processed" food, but ladle on tons of molasses, which is the sludge material left over from processing sugar, and is then further processed). Do I eschew molasses? No, it adds a nice touch of flavor to sweet treats and other foods.
Iron is good for the body, but can also lead to serious toxic problems. My mother had always taken iron supplements (she was once tested as low iron even with supplements -- I am the same). Then, she developed cancer and her iron levels became very, very low. The cancer was happily feeding on all the iron she was putting into her system. While one doctor just advised upping her iron more and more to keep iron levels up, a later doctor indicated that the excessive iron contributed to the rapid spread and return of her cancer. Before I knew the dangers of iron overload, I would eat the same iron-rich foods as I made for her, and even popped an iron supplement or two. Bad move. I damaged my heart.
So, please, before engaging in any iron supplement regimen, get another doctor's opinion about YOUR specific needs. And please, don't treat yourself for an iron deficiency without medical advice. Remember, iron is a heavy metal, and many people -- such as I -- have had to have chelation therapy to detox.
May I suggest maple syrup as a alternative choice for iron and nutrients?
I have excerpted the following from two cancer information website.
"Iron encourages the formation of cancer-causing free radicals. Of course, the body needs a certain amount of iron for healthy blood cells. But beyond this rather small amount, iron becomes a dangerous substance, acting as a catalyst for the formation of free radicals. Because of this, research studies have shown that higher amounts of iron in the blood mean higher cancer risk.,
Once iron is absorbed by the digestive tract, the body stores it. Most of us accumulate much more iron than we need. In spite of the advertising from iron supplement manufacturers, "iron overload" is much more common in America than iron deficiency. The reason is the daily diet of red meats, which contributes much more iron than most people can safely handle over the long run. A diet of grains, vegetables, fruits, and beans, and natural sugars such as maple, provides adequate iron, without the risk of overload."
"Iron acts as a cancer-promoting agent by two separate yet synergistic mechanisms: 1) by producing "free radicals," and 2) by feeding cancer cells. Iron increases the production of free radicals, and-in fact-the production of free radicals is largely proportionate to the level of iron.4 This means that the more iron there is in the body, the more free radicals will be produced and thus the greater the risk of disease, in this case, cancer. Free radicals are oxygen-containing molecules which damage (oxidize) the DNA of cells. Since DNA controls the activities of the cell, once the DNA is damaged, the cell becomes "out of control." Essentially, all cancer cells are out of control. These cancer cells then replicate and grow rapidly and eventually infiltrate and damage the body's organs.
Additionally, cancer cells consume many nutrients and thereby starve the host. One of the nutrients cancer cells need most is iron. In fact, researchers now think that iron may be a "rate-limiting" nutrient for cancer cell growth.5 This means that the more iron that is available, the more the cancer cells will divide and flourish, and the better chance they have of killing the host. Recent research has shown that people with high levels of iron have an increased risk for cancer.""
10/31/2008: Satina from Waldport, Oregon replies: "Regarding any warnings here, I think it's important to remember that iron occuring in natural foods like molasses is balanced by all kinds of other minerals and trace minerals and so has a different effect on the body than a synthesized, inferior source of isolated iron in a pill. All of the minerals work synergistically in the body, buffering and enhancing one another. In natural foods, you find them all together for a reason. We need them all, in order for any one of them to do their best for us. In addition, trace minerals in molasses such as, specifically, chromium, are essential to our body's metabolism of sugar, so consuming molasses is going to have nowhere near the negative effects on your body as consuming sugar *without* the trace minerals that are absolutely essential for its use by the body (as is the case in white, refined sugar). Also, when one has a complaint about 'processed foods', it is because what is good for us, the nutrients, have been stripped away from the so-called 'refined' food left behind. In this case, molasses IS what has been stripped away (leaving the worthless refined white sugar behind), so molasses is of the highest nutrient-density. As a student in an M.S. program of study in Holistic Nutrition, I believe natural sources of minerals like molasses are *infinitely* superior to any synthesized supplements and should be encouraged, never discouraged. Oh, and I like to put a tablespoon or two of blackstrap molasses in heated milk (or nut milk) as a mineral-rich, medicinal alternative to hot chocolate. :-)"
11/12/2008: Ana Mua from Tamuning, GU replies: "There are alternatives to black strap molasses, in my opinion better ones. Look for a whole-food iron supplement, that is one wherein all the iron is still in plant form. There is little danger with these of iron toxicity. The formulas are made to help your body absorb the iron that's in them. (well the one I'm thinking of is, but I'm not to name names)"
09/24/2008: Sandy from Scottsdale, AZ, USA: "I have been a type 2 diabetic for over 20 years, am 70 years old, and seem to have more ailments over the last few years, ruptured disks, severe diabetic neuropothy in my legs and feet, poor circulation in the lower extremeties, and have been anemic for a very long time, I feel that blackstrap mollasses is the only way to help my anemia, but I am concerned about the amount of sugar I will be putting into my system, as my diabetes meds have been removed from my daily regime, and I have been told to start preparing to go on dialysis, which I am not willing to do. Help, please."Replies
09/25/2008: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "Hi, Sandy. I think your best bet is probably to read up on Ted's recommendations for renal patients. Of course eliminating all monosodium glutamate and aspartame from your dietary foods is very important as these are the 2 major toxins being blamed for triggering insulin resistance which proceeds into diabetes type 2. I would also suggest a good multivitamin/mineral supplement."
EC: Link to Ted's recommendations:
[YEA] 07/25/2008: Louise from Louisville, KY: "I have been anemic all of my life, but it got worse when I my fibroids began to grow. After surgery my iron levels were still very low. My Hct hoovered around 21, the average is 41-53. I decided to try the BSM instead of taking iron pills. My Dr. checked my levels 2 weeks after taking BSM (1 TBSP/day in a cup of coffee or tea). I was still low, but it had increased to 34 instead of 21 which was a norm for me. The Doctor told me to keep doing what I am doing. I do have more energy while take BSM but I do notice that if I skip the weekend doses I begin to feel drained by Monday."