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Blackstrap Molasses Natural Cures

Last Modified on Jan 29, 2016

Thanks to the wonderful feedback we have received over the past 15 years, blackstrap molasses is making headlines as one of the best home remedies around! We have emails since 1999 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! Blackstrap molasses is also one of the best remedies around to alleviate menstrual cramping.

Nutrients found in Blackstrap Molasses

It contains iron, calcium, copper, manganes, magnesium, selenium and B6.

Blackstrap Molasses Recipes

1 Tablespoon of Blackstrap Molasses, first thing in the morning.

Earth Clinic's Iced Molasses Recipe

  • 1 TBLS Blackstrap Molasses
  • Hot Water
  • 3/4 cup Milk or Dairy Alternative
  • Ice

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 almond, coconut or soy milk. Even yummier is to blend the whole concoction.

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 below).

Continue reading below for hundreds of testimonials from people who swear by the health benefits of molasses. Please let us know what you think about this wonderful and inexpensive home remedy!

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Blackstrap Molasses
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Molasses Tips12010-04-13
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Acid Reflux12007-08-19
Arthritic Pain32008-05-29
Blackstrap Molasses And High Iron Levels12013-05-15
Blackstrap Molasses Dosage12013-10-19
Blackstrap Molasses in Capsules12010-03-30
Blood Count Increase12009-11-18
Canker Sores12006-09-09
Carpal Tunnel22007-02-24
Fruit Trees22009-06-01
General Feedback212016-01-27
Gray Hair172015-01-12
Heart Health12009-05-04
Hot Flashes22010-03-30
Immune System12007-03-01
Iron Content32013-07-01
Low Iron Count12012-01-22
Menstrual Issues352012-08-17
Molasses Book Reviews12010-07-05
Molasses Daily Dosages12012-01-08
Molasses Recipes332013-03-05
Molasses Side Effects12013-05-04
Molasses Tips32016-01-22
Molasses Vs. Demerara Sugar12009-04-28
Multiple Cures242015-08-11
Nose Bleeds12008-02-22
Nutritional Value12011-04-06
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Side Effects72013-08-10
Skin Rashes12007-07-10
Sleep Issues12013-02-22
Stomach Pain12009-11-16
Sugar Cravings42007-08-28
Sugar Substitute12010-12-17
Ulcerative Colitis12009-03-18
Uterine Polyp12009-09-18
Weight Loss12009-02-04
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Molasses Tips  
24 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Francisca (Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France) on 04/13/2010

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Maria
Mt. Laurel, Nj

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.
Replied by Tasha
East Coast, Usa

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.
Replied by Kim
Melbourne, Australia

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?
Replied by Kaio
Sofia, Bulgaria

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.

Replied by Maria
Gippsland, Australia

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.

Replied by Angeldivine
Bedford Hts, Oh

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.
Replied by Dianew
Fresno, Ca, United States

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
Replied by Nolan
New Orleans, La

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.
Replied by Immich
Las Vegas, Nv, Usa

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???
Replied by G-ma
Cincinnati, Oh 45039, Usa

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??
Replied by Shelly
Springdale, Arkansas

That strange feeling in your chest (and back) could be acid reflux.
Replied by Lynette
Brisbane, Australia



Replied by Swampash
Colorado Springs, Colorado

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.
Replied by Margaret
Asheville, Nc

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.
Replied by Claudia
Orange, Ca/usa

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.
Replied by Javschloggit
Wise, Virginia

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.
Replied by Arn
Kenmore, Wa

I'd like to clarify some things about molasses. It is indeed one of the healthiest foods on the planet.

Think about it, they harvest a field of sugar cane, remove as much water, fiber, and sugar as possible. What's left? Concentrated organic minerals! If you found such a supplement at the health store it would be very expensive. Yet here it is, dirt cheap and delicious.

Organic minerals have been taken up from the soil by the plants and changed into a form that is easily absorbed and utilized by all living things. The mineral supplements you might find at a drugstore, you may notice, are very heavy. That's because they are made from ground up rock. The minerals are in inorganic form and hard for the body to absorb. Most of it winds up in the toilet.

The iron in drugstore vitamins and processed food is often, literally, iron filings. Nasty and toxic. The organic iron in molasses, on the other hand, will do you no harm. Very good for you.

Replied by Timh Donate

Louisville, Ky, Usa

Arn: Well said. If I might add, I read an article where studies were being done on known toxic lead laden soil. To prove the power of plant metabolism in even toxic metal contaminated soil, tomato plants were grown to maturity and fruited nice tomatoes which tested at almost undetectable levels of lead.

This finding may very well further verify the theory of the energy vibration of plant blood (chlorophyll), what Leonard Harowitz termed Love 528. Not only chlorophyll vibrating at 528 hz, but also the source of life on Earth, the Sun, as well as the very heart of creator God. Again, it appears that the energy vibration of Love 528 may very well catalyze (directly or indirectly) all the miraculous healing powers found in our plant kingdom.

Replied by Trudyg
Waynesboro, Va, Usa

While I agree that blackstrap molasses is very good for you, I do not at all think it is delicious. Yuck.
Replied by Tamara
Fort Collins, Colorado, Usa

Hi Trudyg, while I agree that Blackstrap Molasses can be rough to take by itself or with water, it is delicious with full milk or even half-n-half. For everyone (and I know there's a lot of you out there) that have tried putting BSM in your tea and thought that it was never gonna be something you would WANT to drink, try this. A guy I know calls this "Half-asses" as a play on the combination of half-n-half and molasses. The fat really helps to cut the bitterness and brings out the caramel sweetness, and I'm sure it helps with the absorption of the vitamins and minerals even further. It needs to be warmed up (I use the stovetop) to help dissolve the molasses and then you can drink it, cool it down, add it to smoothies or (my favorite) to make your oatmeal. I make my own version of chai tea using BSM as the sweetner and it really lends itself to spices. You need the creaminess of milk or coconut milk or half-n-half (or even heavy cream! Yum! ) to really appreciate it. It really does turn into a caramely, rich, and flavorful drink.
Replied by Kt
The Usa

I have to add that I too love BSM in some warm milk and/or in my oatmeal. It's great to add to your spaghetti sauce or baked beans too! It's the only way I can get it into my husband... Sneaky, huh?
Replied by Dm
Mesa, Az

I had trouble with the taste but adding it to coffee seems to work. The bitterness of the coffee leaves just a light slightly sweetened flavor. Your mileage may vary but worth a try.
Replied by Kt
Some, Where, The USA

Hi Dm, I like BSM in warm water or milk... You could add a little Vanilla extract. I sometimes have BSM in my coffee but I think it tastes worse... Just another opinion.
Replied by Kelvin
Africa Zambia

Where can I get this organic molasses?
Replied by Regina Bailey

Hi Kelvin, I bought some yesterday at Link Pharmacy at Kafubu Mall in Ndola. I will post my experiences with it!
Replied by Ashley
Fort Wayne, In

For our first week of supplementing with BSM I used what I had in the pantry (House of Herbs, not organic, or unsulphured) and I noticed that the iron content was 70% of DV. When I switched to the organic, unsulphured, BSM (Plantation) the DV for iron was only 20%! Why? I also noticed that the Wholesome Sweeteners organic molasses (not blackstrap) had almost the same nutrient profile as the plantation, just a slight difference in iron. Thoughts? Which one should I use?
Replied by Ctbrowneyes
Usa, Ct

Thank you for posting the various ways you drink BSM. I just heated whole milk but not boiled just to when you see the bubbles on the sides of small pan and added 2 tsp of BSM to coffee mug that had about 1 cup of coffee and stired all till dissolved. Wonderful and tasty. Thanks again.
Replied by Dallas
Amesbury, Ma

To those who experience heart palpitations when using bsm, you could have the same problem as me. I had heart palpitations, and my blood pressure, which is normally low normal, shot up so that I could feel a pounding in my head. My cheeks got very red (I thought it was the iron making me healthy). Turns out, I am allergic to cane sugar. When I quit the bsm, everything normalized withing a few weeks.
Replied by Jeff
Michigan, US

Black-Strap Molasses and 1-2 Tablespoon Baking Soda. Known to cure cancer.
Replied by Kt

WOW, it seems like 1-2 TBSP of BS is too much...would you please post the ratio of BSM and BS? Thank-you
Replied by Stormie

one tablespoon BSM in rose-hip tea. I think is one of the best ways of drinking BSM.

The first thing in the morning I drink 1 litter of body temp water quite quickly to flush the organs and hydrate the colon. Then BSM in rose-hip tea which I made and let cool a little. The tea is a nice way of having BSM and it is full of vitamin c which helps with the absorption and balancing out of BSM. Sometimes I will have have BSM and tea between breakfast and lunch. I was told that it takes all day for BSM to process this is why its best taken in the morning.

Replied by Stormie

This in Reply to Kt

The recipe I know is with Maple Syrup though I am sure you could substitute it with BSM. As it is another very good sugar.

A cure for Cancer? Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate) and Maple Syrup


A good recipe for this is to mix 3 parts organic maple syrup with 1 part baking soda, stir over very low heat for 5-10 minutes and take 3 tsp per day for 1 to 2 months.

It is very important use Allergy free baking soda also, Aluminum free Baking soda.

Because cancer cells are so hungry for sugars, when the baking soda is mixed with maple syrup, the mixture will go straight to the site of the tumor. Where the bicarbonate will quickly work as a weapon against disease.

Cancer cells thrive in a low-oxygen environment. The body cannot retain oxygen cells if the blood ph is highly acidic. Sodium Bicarbonate is a substance that neutralizes acid.

Because cancer cells are so hungry for sugars, when the baking soda is mixed with maple syrup, the mixture, will go straight to the site of the tumor, where the bicarbonate will quickly work as a weapon against disease.

Replied by Ben
California, US

I've read all the posts here. All are interesting. My experience has been different... As a kid I was raised by my grandparents. They were very health-conscious. When we ate meat it was always the most lean, usually skinless chicken white meat. My grandmother grew many of her own greens and vegatables to ensure we had the best, vitamin rich meals possible. Ours was the only house in the neighborhood using Braggs products in the 1960s. My grandfather already used BSM everyday on his grits. At the age of 7, I was introduced to it via my morning breakfast. I've had it nearly every morning since. I'm 53 now. I've had three different cancers, a heart attack, quadruple bypass surgery and five stints in my heart arteries. I've never smoked and always eat well rounded, healthy meals. I have always been nearly 100% vegetarian. I exercise rigorously for at least three hours every day. I realize I am an exception. I like BSM (I've enjoyed the flavor since day one) and it is obviously, health-wise, a far better sweetener than processed sugar or chemical sugar substitute but to say it's a cure-all? I cannot.
Replied by Lucy
Koh Samui, Thailand

Ben, California, I think a problem at least lies in your statement (I have always been nearly 100% vegetarian).

I was vegetarian for around 9 years, so I'm not just some anti-vegetarian, but there is a lot of evidence to suggest that we need animal products in our diets, and that veganism/strict vegetarianism has nutritional deficiencies.

Analyse the content of a piece of liver, and egg yolk, an oyster... verses an apple/ kale/ lettuce... even so called 'superfoods' do not contain the same (high) nutritional profile. Bone broth, chicken soup, offal - are all considered to be healing/health foods.

Vegetarianism is a great moral choice, but it is NOT a good health choice!

Replied by Brittany
California, US

[YEA]   I just started on BSM yesterday. I have patella femoral pain syndrome and swelling in my hands and feet, with arthritis pain :( I'm only 27. So I was wondering why every website says to mix the BSM in water or milk? Can I just take the Tablespoon by itself? Or maybe take the T of BSM by itself and chase it with warm water? It is just hard to mix it with water as it tastes disgusting that way. What is the purpose of mixing it with something and would that make a difference taking it by itself? Thank you! There is nowhere on the internet that doesn't talk about mixing it. I'm really hoping it works. I'm also trying gin soaked golden raisins, I hear that works well with arthritis, too.
Replied by Mama To Many Donate


Dear Brittany,

My family uses BSM for a variety of different things for many years. The preferred method here is to take it straight off the spoon. And it works great for us that way. I think diluting it in milk or water is to make it more palatable.

My parents did the raisins in gin thing years ago and they seemed to think it was helpful.

I hope these things work well for you--let us know!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Sandra
Winsted, Ct Usa

[YEA]   About two decades ago I favored a lemon a day in hot water...every morning. In between I drank molasses dissolved in hot water to drink like tea. I think it tastes wonderful and believe the natural properties make a healthy drink. Now here were are in the year 2015 and I am reviving the practice; I still think it's a healthy drink.
Replied by Rick

I read these blogs looking for info about BSM to raise iron levels and help with turning gray hair back to brown. I guess no one really knows - does it raise organic iron levels too high or can the body absorb and dispose of the excess iron?
Replied by Bee
New York

Hi Rick.

I use BSM but it hasn't helped with my gray hair. I guess I don't use enough.. I kind of live my live and eat and take things by intuition. Like if I think that day my body says okay take a teaspoon of BSM then I do... I am mostly vegetarian with fish and probably don't get enough iron and I also take it to get iron to my heart.. Not everyday but when my body thinks its necessary.. Good Luck with your choice..

Replied by Kt

Hi Rick, Blackstrap Molasses eliminated my gray hair. I don't remember how long it took but I know hidden sources of MSG contribute to hair turning gray so you have to eliminate those sources also.

The body stores iron. I remember reading about the toxic levels so I'm going to look for that info in my latest nutrition book and get back to you. In the meantime I think one TBSP in 8-10 oz. of warm water or milk a day would be safe. (I use 2% milk and dilute that with water in winter because dairy cows are fed more corn or fodder to produce more milk then)

Please note our entire food supply has been engineered to last longer and has been tainted with GMO's. GMO grasses and grains are being fed to the animals we eat and get milk or eggs from. "Organic" is no longer safe because it is grown in soil that contains a genetically modified fungus. I posted this information elsewhere on EC but I just don't know where.

I'm going to copy excerpts from my 2007 Nutrition Almanac...

"The iron in the body is normally used efficiently. It is neither used up nor destroyed but is conserved to be used repeatedly; Excess iron, rather than being excreted, is stored; Too much iron, accumulating over the years, occurs often in older men. Iron overload can result in a condition called hemosiderosis, a term for excess iron storage in the body. Iron toxicity is the result of the inability of the digestive tract to eliminate excess iron. Symptoms of iron toxicity include fatigue, headaches, weight loss, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, shortness of breath, and a grayish color to the skin."

I hope this helps you.

Replied by Charity
Faithville, Us

Replied by C Taylor

[SIDE EFFECTS]   I just started taking 1 tbsp of blackstrap molasses two days ago and I noticed I woke up with a mild headache. I didn't take it the the other day to see if that was causing the headaches and I did not wake up with a headache this morning. Am I taking too much?
Replied by Marcin
Toronto, Canada

Are you using the unsulphured version of it? Everyone on this website is recommending the unsulphured one.

It might be also possible that you are experiencing a healing crisis. Blackstrap molasses is high in minerals.

Going for a lower dosage might be also a good idea. I never use more than 1 teaspoon at a time. Good for you but still high in sugar.

Replied by Kt

This is for C Taylor, Did you dilute the BSM? I dilute mine in 1/2 C 2% milk and 1/2 C warm water or 1/2 C coffee and 1/2 C 2% milk, with a little warm water.
Replied by Sharon

In regards to vegetarian or non-vegetarian, (a post done in 1-2015), I have to have protein, and lots of it, or I experience heart rhythm problems. I'm not talking about eating red meat 3 times a week, I'm speaking of eating 2 eggs every morning, and chicken or fish (salmon or similar) for my meats. I have red meat (ground range fed beef- no hormones added) in something at least once a week. But, I'm not getting a lot of that unless I cook it into hamburger patties. I've tried doing less protein, and it just doesn't keep my sugar level even. I drink Almond (no sugar added) milk- when I feel I want milk. I don't do a lot of sugar foods. They do a whammy on me too. But I am trying the Organic Unsulphured Molasses by Plantation. I'll try 1 T in morning, and I T late in evening. And report back. I'm hoping it helps my 59 year old body in more than several ways.

One more thing about being a vegan. My SIL [Sister in Law] ate hardly no meat at all and got cancer of the uterus a couple years ago. They caught it in time, but scared her really bad. Since then, she's gone completely Vegan, and looks like a skinny pole- and hollow cheeks. And likes to tell everyone else they are too "fat." I notice her hair is still very thin, and complexion is not well. She says she feels fine, but then she said always says that. It's a pride thing with her.... She's 58. Perhaps eating hormone free meat (that's always what I buy) is not so bad. Either that, or lots of beans!! And they bloat me.... Of course, don't forget the power vegees to go along with the meat!

Ya'll keep posting!!! It's so much help to read everyone's experiences.

Replied by Timh Donate


S: Oftentimes when nutrition deficiencies are noted, as in the need for more & more food w/ less & less effect, there is a case of digestive disorder. Your testament of difficulty digesting legumes is also more evidence of D.D. D.D. can be very complex and involving multiple organs so it is important to start reading more on E.C. pages like "Colon" under "ailments" or "remedies" section at top page.

For starters, take a small spoon of Milled Flax Seed with Oregano & Garlic. A "Wormwood" or "Black Walnut" herbal combination from health food store may also be needed (along with the other herbs suggested).

To improve protein digestion eat either Papaya or Pineapple daily or specifically when eating protein meals. You can also purchase a "Digestive Enzyme" supplement for a more broad-spectrum effect (along with the P & P).

Alkalizing remedies may also be needed as acidic conditions reek havoc on particularly the Pancreas (which is responsible for protein digestion). One spoon Baking Soda in a small glass of water once daily will likely help in most digestive problems. Sometimes, on-the-other-hand, there is a lack of stomach acids for digestion (more evidence of the complexity of D.D's), in which case a supplement of Betain Hydrochloride or TMG is needed.

Replied by Mrs. Little-mac
Cypress Tx.

[YEA]   Blackstrap Molasses should be taken in warm to room temp water, 1 to 2 tbs in 2 oz of water. That is the most beneficial way to take it.
Replied by Liz
Boston, Ma

What is the benefit of taking it in water vs. straight from a spoon?

Inquiring minds want to know. ;-)

Replied by Patti

Do not eat or drink anythimg after using microwave! in fact you should get rid of your microwave if you have one in your kitchen. A microwave oven leaks electro-megnetic radiation, harms food and converts substances cooked into dangerous organ-toxic and carinogenic products. Microwave ovens are far more harmful than previously imagined. Cancer causing effects- creation of a 'binding effect' to radioactivity in the atmosphere, creation of cancer-causing agents within protein hydrolysate compounds, malfunctions within the lympatic system, higher percentage of cancerous cells within the blood serum, cancer-causing free radicals, stomach and intestinal cancerous growths, with a gradual breakdown of the function of the digestive and excretive system. Not only does it break down the food value to nothing but it also has a bilogical effects of exposure- breakdown of the human "life-energy field" degeneration and circuit breakdowns within the front portion of your brain where thought and higher function reside, loss of balance, long term cumulative loss of vital energy and long-lasting residual effects. I can go on and on about the dangers a microwave, not only what it does to our health but the enviroment... Other countries ban the use of them while the good USA can't live without them! "they are nothing but killing machines"...
Replied by Earthling

There are no countries that ban microwave use. Not a one.

I'm not advocating their use, but I also don't advocate sharing false or intentionally misleading information as a scare tactic.

Replied by Deb

Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile, Tn

HI U EARTHING, , , , , , , , , , , ,

You are totally wrong. Russia is one.


Replied by Little Wing

Russia did ban microwaves in the 70s but lifted the ban in the 90s.
Replied by Kt

This is for Liz...,

I am not aware of any study showing which way is best. It seems to me no matter how you take it, you will benefit. It's just too thick and sickeningly sweet for me to take straight.

Replied by Earthling


It is you who are "totally wrong". Russia's ban on microwaves ended after Perestroika in the early 90's. And do we really take anything that Russia bans seriously anyway? It's 2015 and they ban yoga! :)

There are no countries that currently ban microwaves. The poster was speaking in the present tense, not the past, saying that "there are countries that ban microwaves", which is completely false.

As I said in my original reply, I don't advocate their use, but I also don't advocate the intentional posting of false information as a scare tactic.

All best to you, my fellow ol' patoot, and to your beautiful tractor driver as well.

Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile , Tn

HI U EARTHLING, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , my bad. Guess I need to read more , huh? I did not know it was reversed.

This brings up a story that I've told before. Our daughter has an apartment in Atlanta next to two TVA type power lines and I was so concerned that I bought a meter to measure the EMF's. Not only was the meter pegged out in her apartment but the the yard also.

What surprised me was our kitchen microwave also pegged out the meter. We now get out of the kitchen when we turn use the microwave. We use Wi-Fi in our home and that is worst than stupid.

In testing things in our house I could not believe that a simple ceiling fan rheostat also pegged out the meter. A new rheostat lowered the EMF's.

Thank you for setting me straight. I's SJS.


Replied by Liz
Boston, Ma


The original poster said it "should be taken" with warm water vs. straight from a spoon, claiming that it was more "beneficial", which is why I inquired.

I know that it isn't any more beneficial in water vs. straight from a spoon, but I was curious as to what their explanation would be, just for kicks. ;-)

Replied by Kt

Replied by Mary

Robert Henry,

Do emfs emit sound??

I ask this because a certain sound wave comes into my bedroom at certain times of the night and early morning. I thought it was tinnitus but it has a pattern. I cannot hear it outside but only in the bedroom. The electric panel is in the room and the meter is outside the room.

What say you???


Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile, Tn

HI U MARY, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , I'm just a novice at this, but if you don't have a meter , then get an AM radio and move it around the room. The more static from the radio then the higher the EMF. You can also turn on and off things and the radio static will tell you the source.

If you have one of those smart meters that transmit to the power company , then you may truly have a health situation. If the radio tells you have a problem then I'd call the power company and insist that they come and take readings in your bedroom. Do not take No for an answer. Take it to your state power board if necessary. If you can feel it , then it is off the charts and doing you damage.

Wish you well.========ORH=========

Replied by Mary

Robert Henry,

Thank you for your information. I do not have a smart meter but I will try the radio.

Thanks again,


Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile, Tn

HI U MARY, , , , , , , , , , , , I misspoke, , , , , , the smart meter is what the power company uses to send your meter readings to them instead of a someone physically reading your meter every month. That device is probably that is what your are feeling in your bedroom. It has to be strong enough to get to their HQ, and that is very strong.

I have a feeling that it is sent at night and that is when you feel the vibes. I'm sure they will tell your that all is well, but don't buy their line.

Make them shield their system from your living quarters. Stir the pot and you will get resolution.


Replied by Mary

Robert Henry,

The PUD gentleman comes around once a month, I do not have a smart meter. I am looking into getting a EMF meter.

Thank You, Mary

Replied by Steve

This is a brief instructional video on how to block emf from a smart meter using nothing more than $6 piece of aluminum screening. EMF tests are done before and after so you can see the difference:
Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile, Tn.

HI U STEVE, , , , , , , , , , , , , you are a boy wonder and this site owes you, especially Mary. I really get a joy out of someone coming to the aid of their fellow man. You won't get a metal, but I give you an " ATTA BOY ".

As I tell all, I's SJS, but I have buddies like you to save my hyde. It appears that you can help folks with problems like this and I hope you contribute more.

You jus got many more friends with this post .


Replied by Steve

Thanks Robert! Please let everyone know if you feel better after using the screen over the meter to reduce EMF. Steve

Nutritional Comparison of Molasses Brands  

Brand Name: Wholesome Sweeteners
Serving Size: 1 TBS
Potassium: 730mg (20%)
Calcium: 115mg (10%)
Total Carbohydrates: 14g (4%)
Sugars: 10g
Total Fat: 0g
Iron: 15%
Magnesium: 8%

Vitamin B6: 10%


07/26/2009: Linden from Santa Fe, NM reports: "Trader Joe's Organic Dark Unsulfered Blackstrap Molasses

1 Tbs

Calories 60
Sodium 0
Potassium 730mg
Sugars 10g
Calcium 10%
Iron 15%
Magnesium 8%
Vitamin B6 10%
(& daily values based on 2000 calorie diet)


11/29/2009: Healing_elements from Seattle, Washington reports: "Plantation Organic Unsulphured Blackstrap Molasses

Serving size: 1 Tbsp(21g)
Calories: 37
Total Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium: 0 mg
Potassium: 353 mg (12%)
Carbohydrate 13g (4%)
Sugars: 13g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin B 10%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 8%
Iron 20%
Magnesium 8%
Copper 0% "



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
Nutrition Facts
Per 1 tbsp 20g
Sodium 25 mg 1%
carbohydrates 13g 4%
fiber 0g
sugar 9g
calcium 20%
iron 25%
potassium 320mg 9%"


06/04/2009: Victoria from San Diego, CA writes: "Brand: Plantation

Blackstrap Unsulphered Molasses

serving size: 1 TBS
calories: 42
Sodium: 10 mg
Potassium: 297 mg
Carbohydrate 11g
Sugars: 11g
Vit A 20%
Calcium 20%
Iron 20%"


3/1/2008: Brooke from Montgomery, TX writes: "Brand: Holiday Molasses

Serving Size 1 TBS.
Calories 42
Total Fat 0
Cholesterol 0
Sodium 10
Potassium 615
Carbohydrates 11
Protein 0
Calcium 20%
Iron 20%


9/16/2008: Sharon from Vian, OK writes: "Grandma's Molasses

Nutrition Facts

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
Molasses Unsulphured

Potassium 150mg
Sodium 15mg
calcium 4%
Magnesium 2%
Iron 4%


12/14/2007: Nancye from Vanleer, Tn writes: " House of Herbs puts out a variety of Blackstrap Molasses:

Calcium 6%
Sodium 15mg
Cholest 0%
Sat Fat 0%
Sugars 15%
Iron 70%

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
nutrition facts:

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
Calories: 45
Fat 0g
Sodium 15mg
Potassium 500mg
Total Carbs 11g
Sugars 8g
Protein 0g
Calcium 15%
Iron 20%
Magnesium 10%


11/25/2007: From Patsy of Moncton, NB Canada:
Crosby's Brand
Nutrition Facts
Per 1tbsp 20g
Sodium 3%
carbohydrates 13g 4%
fiber 0g
sugar 11g
calcium 10%
iron 15%
riboflavin 4%
vit B6 4%
Magnesium 15%
copper 8%"

If you take another brand of molasses with different nutritional values than what is posted above, please email it to us!

Replied by Paolo
Ottawa, Ontario Canada

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
Replied by Aine
Seattle, Wa

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!
Replied by Songbird
Monterey, Ca, Usa

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!

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe

Aine, that doesn't sound like Blackstrap Molasses.
Replied by Kim
Washington, Dc

Can you assist me in finding an organic, unsulphured, blackstrap molasses that also has copper content? I am having a hard time finding a brand that has all three
Replied by Om
Hope, Bc. Canada

BSM mineral and vitamin content:

  • Calcium 684 mg
  • Phosphorus 84 mg
  • Iron 16.1 mg
  • Sodium 96 mg
  • Potassium 2,927 mg
  • Magnesium 258 mg
  • Thiamine .11 mg
  • Riboflavin .19 mg
  • Niacin 2 mg
  • Traces of copper and zinc, rich source of B vits except B1; Very high in B6, pantothenic acid and inositol.

100 grams of BSM have about 50% fruit sugars.

Pantothenic acid is part of the vit B2 complex.

Phosphoric acid is of vital importance for the human body. in combination with potassium.

The list is from the US dept. of Agriculture for Crude Blackstrap Molasses.

Plus one item by Gaylord Houser vit pantothenic acid.

Replied by Kt

Hi Om, I looked in two of my nutrition almanacs and they both say the copper content is .284mg. per TBSP.

Acid Reflux  
8 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Kita (Detroit, Michigan) on 08/19/2007

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Ruskat
Nelson, New Zealand

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
Replied by Normajd10
San Jose, Ca

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?
Replied by Bill Donate

San Fernando, Philippines

1206 Posts
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.

Replied by Lisa
Manchester, Nh, Usa

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.
Replied by Mary
Regina, Saskchewan

This question is for Bill: I have read to take baking soda before eating by one hour and now I am reading your post which says it is better to take it after. Which one is best for digestion? Thanks
Replied by Prioris
Fort Pierce, Fl, Usa

I been using 1.2 tsp of baking soda in water for the last 15 years. It essentially cured my acid reflux so I rarely need it now. There was one time I needed to take a table spoon of baking soda to quell it. You take as much as is needed to put out the fire. You do it after a meal.

If you already have acid reflux before a meal, i'd stop eating until it is brought under control.

If you have intestinal infections, Aloe Muciliginous Polysaccharide can handle it.

Replied by Ali
Wales, Uk

People often find that a wheat/gluten-free diet reverses acid reflux. It worked for me.

What I didn't realise is that whilst freshly-ground wheatgerm is full of nutritional elements, it is removed in order to prolong shelf-life. Processed commercial flour is 're-fortified' but generally with only a fraction of what was removed, and often in (cheap) forms that are not very well absorbed in the body.

Sadly, that makes it a very prolifically used substance that actually takes more away from the body than it gives it. Real wholesome beneficial food comes complete with a full, and more than adequate range of the elements needed for its digestion. Anything that lacks any one or more is not complete and puts a huge burden on the digestion. If consumed all the time, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that it wouldn't take long for the body to go into nutritional debt, and the digestion to end up in a constant battle with its food. And poor digestion means poor health.

Sulphur, and sulphur-based elements like Thiamin (B1), biotin, and some of the amino acids are missing or depleted in the modern diet. Thiamin especially is crucial for many processes including hydrochloric acid production, insulin production, mitochondrial energy production, cell integrity, etc. Sulphur is a very healing and cleansing element.

Sulphur, Thiamin and Biotin are recognised as the 'beauty' elements and not without good reason. Hair quality, nails, skin etc., are windows to the health of the body and often the first to suffer. restoring the integrity of the hair, skin and nails is an indication that the whole body is benefitting....


Posted by JEM (Fort Worth, TX) on 02/15/2009

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Jude
Somerville, Ma

I have also found that an aspirin or cup of willow tea will eliminate acne.

Posted by Nathan (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) on 07/24/2006

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Nathan
Vung Tau, Ho Chi Minh City

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!
Replied by Nga
Dana Point, Ca,usa

Hi, what do you mean Raw Aloe? is it cut from the garden?
Replied by Chris
Brookhaven, Pa Usa

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:

Replied by Bertiebon22
Aston, Pa, U.s.

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.


Replied by Lita209
Sanford, Fl

Chris I have aloe vera plants and use them all the time. I actually think they are better fresh that processed. Just my opinion.

Posted by Anonymous

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Alice
Whitestone, New York/usa

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?
Replied by Liz
Boston, Massachusetts

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.

Replied by Planky
Ronkonkoma, New York, United States

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.
Replied by Tamara
Fort Collins, Colorado

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!
Replied by Moogs
La, Usa

[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.
Replied by Elisa

I've been taking BSM for acne since one week ago. It seems to help since first dose (1tbsp/day) to reduce redness and blemishes from everywhere (back, face ...), I have some new pimples but now my face is a lot better. What I'm noticing is that my scalp is very sensitive and I am not sure if my hair is falling more than before but sure my scalp is more sensitive and I am a little concerned. I've read two/three people saying BSM caused them hairloss.

No one noticed anything on scalp? I do not want to stop ...

123 User Reviews | 25 YEA | 2 BETTER BUT NOT CURED | 2 WARNINGS!

Posted by April (Kingston, Ny, United States) on 04/07/2011

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?

Replied by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia

I have been taking molassess mixed with organic coconut oil - delicious. My son even will eat it this way.
Replied by Mos
Chicago, Il

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?

Replied by Jules

Hi, can anyone please let me know how much Blackstrap Molasses one is supposed to take for anemia? Thanks!
Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe

Jules, personally, I took a Tablespoon twice a day, at the beginning. Later I tapered down to a Tablespoon once a day, and now, for maintenance, I take it once or twice a week.
Replied by Dave Donate

Fountain Inn, Sc

Hello Jules,

When I think I need Blackstrap Molasses, I take a tablespoon a day. I have to drink water immediately to wash it down! Some people warm a cup of water and dissolve the BSM in that and drink like a tea.

Replied by Cory
Hamilton, Mt

[YEA]   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.

Posted by Anna (Pittsburgh, Pa) on 12/08/2010

[YEA]  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!

Replied by Camilla H
Ridgebury, Ct Usa

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   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?

Replied by Special01
Indianapolis, In, Usa

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.
Replied by Cherryl
Ashburn, Va

[YEA]   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.
Replied by Debbie
Georgia, Usa

ovarian cycst are caused by low iodine in diet, try iodine Rescue. Just do research on it u will be amazed;
Replied by Joseph
Racine, Wi.

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
Replied by Jeri
Murphy, Tx

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.

Posted by Jess (Columbus, OH) on 05/06/2009

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Crstline99
Crestline, CA

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.
Replied by Dkay
San Diego, Ca

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!
Replied by Julie
Loisa, Ky

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.

Replied by Adriana
Sofia, Bulgaria

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.
Replied by Beth
Vista, Ca

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

Replied by Rob
Manhattan, New York

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.
Replied by Sara
Sacramento, Ca, Usa

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.

Replied by Michelle
Spokane, Wa

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.

Replied by Annie
Ny, Ny

Tofu is not fermented. Besides tempeh, miso, soy sauce and natto are fermented soy products.
Replied by Annie
Ny, Ny

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.
Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France

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 ( 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.
Replied by Rob
Manhattan, New York

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)

EC: Wow, that kale salad looks delicious. Thanks for the video link!

Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa

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

Replied by Funnybones
Henderson, Nv

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.

Replied by Kls
Washington, Dc, Washington, Dc, Usa

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.
Replied by Julie
Gaithersburg, Md

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!
Replied by Swhit
Los Angeles

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.
Replied by Citygirl27
Richardson, Tx, Usa

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...
Replied by Aliesha
Newcastle, Nsw

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.

Posted by Angela (Greenwich, CT) on 04/09/2009

[YEA]  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!

Replied by Tara
San Antonio, Texas

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.

Replied by Amber
Tyrone, Pa, Us

Tara, is there one book in paticular you can recommend for endometriosis?

Posted by Erin (Haiku, HI) on 03/16/2009

[YEA]  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.

My smoothie:
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.

Posted by Margeret Green (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 11/15/2008

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.

Replied by CONNIE

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.

Posted by Susan (Catskills, New York, USA) on 10/30/2008

[WARNING!]  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."

Replied by Satina
Waldport, Oregon

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. :-)
Replied by Ana Mua
Tamuning, GU

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)
Replied by Claudette

I just got diagnosed with anemia and after reading some many comments about Blackstrap Molasses, I have hope. I just bought one today and I'm going to try it.

Posted by Sandy (Scottsdale, AZ, USA) on 09/24/2008

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.

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn

536 Posts
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:

Replied by Ali
Wales, Uk

Thiamin deficiency has been found to trigger many issues including peripheral neuropathy. It can set up sub-clinical Beri-Beri which can lead to neurological issues, heart problems, muscular weakness, fatigue, joint and other pains, cognitive impairment and even death in extreme cases.

Modern processed wheat flour, found in most commercial food these days is a Thamin thief. It does us no favours. It is fortified yes, but not usually with enough, or the right type or balance of nutritional elements to aid its digestion in the body. Adopting a gluten-free low-carb diet can be very helpful.

But getting Thiamin levels up and increasing sulphur-based elements seems to be a key to reversing diabetic issues, and in some cases even diabetes itself. Thiamin (B1) is needed for glucose metabolism, insulin production and utilisation, aids the mitichondria to use glucose for energy, protects the myelin sheath around the nerves, and is a key player in cell integrity.

We are very deplete in healing sulphur and sulphur-based elements these days apparently. I have been increasing my sulphur(with garlic & MSM), Thiamin and Biotin and my energy levels are coming up. My digestion is improving and my hair has virtually stopped falling out. I have just ordered some Benfotiamine to take with the Thiamine. Some people have found that it has lowered their sugar levels and insulin resistance.

I have already reversed my diabetic neuropathy by going gluten-free 7 years ago, but I am looking forward to the extra improvements from taking therapeutic B1.

Posted by Louise (Louisville, KY) on 07/25/2008

[YEA]  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.