Last Modified on May 13, 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
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!
Remedies for Blackstrap Molasses
The Popularity of Blackstrap Molasses Remedies - Full List
|Brand Name: Wholesome Sweeteners|
|Serving Size: 1 TBS|
|Potassium: 730mg (20%)|
|Calcium: 115mg (10%)|
|Total Carbohydrates: 14g (4%)|
|Total Fat: 0g|
Vitamin B6: 10%
11/29/2009: Healing_elements from Seattle, Washington reports: "Plantation Organic Unsulphured Blackstrap Molasses
Serving size: 1 Tbsp(21g)
MOLASSES (NOT ORGANIC)
01/20/2010: Coconutgirl from Greenville, Sc, Usa writes: "You asked for information about the brand of molasses I take. I found it at my local farmer's market. Here it is:
Golden Barrel, produced by Good Food, Inc., Honey Brook, PA
Per 1 tbsp 20g
Sodium 25 mg 1%
carbohydrates 13g 4%
potassium 320mg 9%"
06/04/2009: Victoria from San Diego, CA writes: "Brand: Plantation
Blackstrap Unsulphered Molasses
serving size: 1 TBS
Sodium: 10 mg
Potassium: 297 mg
Vit A 20%
3/1/2008: Brooke from Montgomery, TX writes: "Brand: Holiday Molasses
Serving Size 1 TBS.
Total Fat 0
9/16/2008: Sharon from Vian, OK writes: "Grandma's Molasses
serving size = 1 tbsp
Amount per serving
Calories = 60
Sodium = 15mg
Potassium = 150mg
Total Carbohydrate = 15g
Sugars = 10g
% of daily values:
Calcium = 4%
Iron = 4%
Magnesium = 2%
B&G Foods Inc
Roseland, NJ 07068
1/21/2008: Patty from Chicago, IL writes: "Grandma's Gold Standard all natural
12/14/2007: Nancye from Vanleer, Tn writes: " House of Herbs puts out a variety of Blackstrap Molasses:
Sat Fat 0%
Is it possible to get too much Iron by using this product daily? I have CFS. Always looking for a cure for fatique, foggy brain, etc."
12/06/2007: From Steve of Shohola, PA, USA:
Brer Rabbit Blackstrap Molasses
serving size = 1 tbsp
Amount per serving
Calories = 60
Sodium = 25mg
Potassium = 240mg
Total Carbohydrate = 14g
Sugars = 10g
% of daily values:
Calcium = 20%
Iron = 25%
Magnesium = 25%
B&G Foods Inc
Roseland, NJ 07068
10/25/2007: From Nancy of Amelia Ct Hse, VA:
Tree of Life Brand
Serving: 1 Tbsp
Total Carbs 11g
11/25/2007: From Patsy of Moncton, NB Canada:
Per 1tbsp 20g
carbohydrates 13g 4%
vit B6 4%
If you take another brand of molasses with different nutritional values than what is posted above, please email it to us!
Replied by Paolo
Ottawa, Ontario Canada
Posted by Kita (Detroit, Michigan) on 08/19/2007
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.
Posted by Moogs (La, Usa) on 02/03/2013
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.
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.
Replied by Alice
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.
Replied by Mmsg
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 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!
Posted by Erin (Haiku, HI) on 03/16/2009
Blackstrap Molasses CURED my anemia. Pain is better with menstrual cycles/fibroids. Heart palpitations stopped altogether. Decreased excessive blood loss during cycle within 24 hours. I use 3 Tbs daily in a smoothie, without fail. 1 week before cycle I start taking 4 Tbs daily in smoothie and continue until cycle stops. I have more energy and focus.
banana, frozen blueberries (anti-oxidant), 3-4 Tbs organic Blackstrap Molasses, spirulina, green edge powder, 1 Tbs Udo's efa oil, ground Tbs goji berries/ Tbs raw cacao, 3 Tbs Maca powder, sometimes an apricot or peach.
Tasty, BSM makes it deliciously sweet, can't taste the spirulina although the drink IS green!. It is very fulfilling and energizing.
If you have candida or parasites it may make you bloat. If this happens you can take 3 clove caps, 3 wormwood caps and 10 drops of black walnut- it will kill them and you can continue enjoying your morning drink.
BTW: I learned about BSM from this very website. I thank you with all of my heart.
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
DE BERRY, Texas US
Posted by Susan (Catskills, New York, USA) on 10/30/2008
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."