Aug 18, 2016
Blackstrap molasses is a natural home remedy for a long list of health conditions. Not only is the remedy effective, it is inexpensive and readily available. Blackstrap molasses is an excellent example of how you can let medicine be your food, and food be your medicine.
What is Blackstrap Molasses?
Blackstrap molasses is a by product of the processing of sugar cane. It is from the third boiling of the sugar cane. It is the strongest type of molasses because it is so concentrated with nutrients. It is darker than regular molasses.
What Nutrients are in Blackstrap Molasses?
While the exact amount of each nutrient varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, most brands contain at least some of each of the following nutrients:
- Pantothenic Acid
- Thiamine (Vitamin B-1)
- Vitamin B-2
- Niacine (Vitamin B-3)
- Vitamin B-6
As you can see, blackstrap molasses is a nutrient dense food. Additionally, when vitamins are taken in a food product instead of a pill, they are more likely to be assimilated into the body.
How to Take Blackstrap Molasses
Some people love the taste of blackstrap molasses. Others need a bit of coaxing or creativity to enjoy their daily dose of blackstrap.
Blackstrap molasses can be taken right off the spoon. It can be added to coffee or tea as a sweetener. It does add sweetness along with its robust flavor. Some find it downright delicious mixed with milk.
Earth Clinic's Iced Molasses Recipe
- 1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
- Hot water
- 3/4 cup milk or dairy alternative
- 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. Avoiding milk? Try vanilla or chocolate almond, coconut or soy milk. Blending the entire concoction is especially wonderful.
Banana Blackstrap Breakfast Smoothie
- 1 frozen ripe banana
- 1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
- 1/2 tablespoon raw cacoa powder
- 1 cup milk, yogurt or kefir
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds for some extra protein and energy
If you are taking blackstrap molasses for anemia, do take some vitamin c around the same time. The vitamin c will help the body to absorb the needed iron.
How Much Blackstrap Molasses Should I Take?
A typical daily dose of blackstrap molasses is 1 tablespoon. However, some will find even a teaspoon or two each day provides some extra energy and nutrition. Diabetics or those with blood sugar issues should start with no more than 1 teaspoon at a time to avoid the risk of unexpected blood sugar changes. After evaluating the effect of the blackstrap molasses, you can adjust the amount you take accordingly.
Heath Problems Aided by Blackstrap Molasses
Many health problems are caused by or made worse by nutritional deficiencies. This is where blackstrap molasses shines. It is a food that is concentrated with needed nutrients. Sometimes blackstrap molasses brings relief quickly, as is often the case when you use it to treat leg cramps.
Sometimes the relief comes over time after regular use of blackstrap molasses. It can take time to rebuild the body's stores of nutrients. Anemia is a condition that will take some time to heal with blackstrap molasses.
Here is a list that is surely not all inclusive, but still impressive, of the conditions that have reportedly been helped by blackstrap molasses:
- Atrital Fibrilation
- Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
- Gray Hair
- Low Energy
- Hot Flashes
- Carpal Tunnel
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Nose Bleeds
- Weight Loss
- Sugar Cravings
Obviously, there is great variety in the types of conditions that benefit from the use of blackstrap molasses.
Side Effects from Blackstrap Molasses
Reported side effects from blackstrap molasses include increase in blood sugar and diarrhea and stomach cramps. To avoid the risk of side effects, start with a teaspoon each day and work your way up to a tablespoon a day if you like.
Have you tried blackstrap molasses for your health? We would love to hear what you think of it!
Remedies for Blackstrap Molasses
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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.
Better But With Side Effects
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.
Organic BlackStrap Molasses
(2 Tbl's per day - one in coffee, one with EARTH CLINIC'S ICED MOLASSES RECIPE)
37 years old, have been plagued with oily, cloggable skin my entire adult life, antibiotics make me feel sick so I won't take them. Within 2 hours of first tbl spoon I percieved changing skin (flushed, drier) within 2 days (4 Tbls)no new acne and quickly healing. I think I can go without any makeup already! IS AMAZING!!
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Posted by JEM (Fort Worth, TX) on 02/15/2009
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.
Posted by Nathan (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) on 07/24/2006
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.
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Whitestone, New York/usa
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Posted by Cory (Hamilton, Mt) on 06/05/2015
I think that molasses has helped my anemia quite a bit. I mix 1 tbs. peanut butter, a little chocolate syrup and 1 tbs. molasses in a small dessert type dish and microwave for about 15-18 seconds, stir well and ENJOY!!! Tastes great and gives you a bit of a lift.
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Posted by Arn (Kenmore, Wa.) on 01/29/2013
We need to understand the difference between elemental iron and organic iron. The reduced iron in your breakfast cereal and enriched flour is nothing more than iron filings. An anemic friend got a prescription from her doc that was nothing more than powdered rust in glycerine. Elemental iron actually causes pernicious anemia, according to the PDR. It's the inorganic iron that builds up in your system and acts as a free radical.
In contrast, the iron compounds in molasses are in an organic form compounded by the plant to be useful to living things, and safe. I wouldn't worry about overdosing on molasses.
By the way, molasses is a superfood indeed. They start with a field of plants, remove the water, fiber, sugar, and what's left is concentrated organic minerals! If such a thing were formulated in a lab it would be ridiculously expensive. But here it is, dirt cheap and delicious.
Posted by Claudia (Orange, Ca/usa) on 10/23/2012
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.
Posted by Dee (Atlanta, Georgia) on 08/16/2011
I visited the emergency room when my blood level was low and feeling faint and the emergency room doctor suggested Brer Rabbit Black Strap Molasses. It really does work better than any other blackstrap molasses that I have tried.
Posted by Anna (Pittsburgh, Pa) on 12/08/2010
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!
Posted by Jeanette (Ripley, Ms, USA) on 11/18/2009
For the past several months, my mother has had to have 1 to 2 units of blood every week. She started eating blackstrap molasses and has not had to have any blood in the last 18 days. She has her blood count checked every Monday and Thursday. Since she has started eating the molasses, her blood count has gone up each time she has been tested.
My question is "Does the molasses thicken her blood?" Because if it does, her chance of having a stroke is going up. By the way, there is nothing wrong with her blood. She is just losing blood through her bowels.
Posted by Jess (Columbus, OH) on 05/06/2009
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.
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Posted by Angela (Greenwich, CT) on 04/09/2009
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!