If Blackstrap Molasses has calcium in it, how does the body absorb the much needed iron?
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Posted by Arn (Kenmore, Wa.) on 09/23/2009
Molasses and iron.
Organic iron - good. Metallic iron - bad. Iron in its elemental state is what is used in most drugstore vitamins, and in most iron fortified cereals, flour etc. Read the label and it will say iron or reduced iron. Reduced means the iron filings are ground up very small. It is still like chewing on a nail, and elemental iron CAUSES pernicious anemia and a lot of other probs. It is toxic. Avoid iron fortified 'anything' like the plague.
But molasses is the right stuff. All the minerals therein have been filtered and processed through the plant and are in organic form. Just think. They get rid of the fiber, most of the water and sugar, and what is left is concentrated organic minerals. You would pay a premium price for it if it were in capsules and a fancy bottle at the health food store. But guess what! It is delicious and cheap and available most everywhere. This is the best health bargain there is.
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Posted by Judith (Namibia) on 02/11/2016
When my mother suffered from low iron and had to take many iron tablets they were not much help. We were told it was not anaemia. She had to have blood transfusions. She remembered an old chemist telling her that molasses ( Blackstrap) together with half an asprin was the best heart medicine. She started taking blackstrap ( not desulphered) raw molasses. It helped her more than anything. I guess you would have to be careful if you were diabetic though. We also noticed that's for her stress levels dropped then her iron count did not go down so fast. Maybe the vitamin B12 in the molasses also has something to do with that.
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Posted by Rhonda Nelson (Tallahassee, FL, USA) on 07/31/2007
I was just browsing through some of the information posted and wanted to add my "5 cents".
I should mention, if you do use blackstrap molasses to "blacken your hair" be careful that you do not develop a vitamin B3 deficiency, WHICH IS known as pellagra, which apparently is important for the diet for those with Lupus.
For the man who treated Lupus on a gluten free diet...take head, that this goes right back to a probable involvement of strep as this is the main bacteria that feeds on B-vitamins, as it is essential for them to live. This is especially true if you eat corn products because corn alone can induce pellagra if the corn has not been fortified (i.e.canned corn or corn on the cob, corn chips, or unfortunately for all its good intentions..organic corn producers that do not fortify their processed foods. If you have Lupus and you're going luten free and eating unfortified corn, you're inching closer to pellagra.This one instance where eating a wholesome food (corn) will give you disease (pellagra) if eaten in large quantities and it is not fortified.
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Blackstrap molasses is a natural remedy for a variety of menstrual issues. Blackstrap molasses is useful for heavy periods, cramping, PMS, fibroids and other issues related to the female cycle.
Posted by Francisca (Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France) on 07/05/2010
Book Review "Crude Black Molasses" by Cyril Scott
Even though the book is tiny half of the pages are empty while I think that there must be a lot of interesting things to say about molasses. I actually, only bought this book because I didn't find any other and was very interested in the subject. The author has a very Victorian style of writing which seems to indicate that the book was written long before the first edition was published. He talks about the amount of "gallons" being allotted to the UK in 1946, meaning that it was maybe written somewhere after that date but the writing style feels much and much older. The quality of the paper is also very bad especially for those people who, like me, like to underline anything important (the ink leaks to the next page quite easily).
Anyway, the book does contain some interesting information but would I have bought it if there was another alternative..... surely not!
This said I will go on taking my tspoon full of molasses every day, hoping to keep healthy and to have my hair restored to its original color! If it is true that it can protect from cancer, lower blood pressure, keep your nails and hair in a good condition, cure skin problems, growths, constipation and colitis, ulcers, arthritis, strokes and much more it is surely worth it! An interesting fact is that molasses are alkaline while white sugar turns acid in your body. And also his suggestion to add a bit of molasses when you make your jams (as I use jellifying sugar which only exists in refined form I have always worried about my jams not being too healthy after all!).
Maybe time some author would look into molasses and write a more comprehensive book?
Posted by Stella (Goose Creek, S.c.) on 01/08/2012
My question is: how much is too much to take daily? I've read anywhere from 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon 3 times daily. I've been using it in chai tea with almond milk. Sometimes hot and other times cold. Is the 3 tablespoons too much? Is it okay to take is by itself right from the spoon? Thank you.Replied by Mmsg
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Posted by Colleen (Brooklyn Park, Mn, USA) on 03/05/2013
I too am having issues with trying to drink down the Blackstrap Molasses. When I started taking it I would mix it with warm water and honey. It was ok. Now I have started adding it to my protien shakes with peanut butter. Today I made a protien shake with a banana and it's the best ever. The molasses strong flavor is hiden by the banana and the strong banana flavor is lessoned by the molasses. I'm not a fan of bananas in my shakes but this is wonderful. I have also mixed it with peanut butter and ate it on my toaste with honey. I know the BSM is helping me and my mentrual cycle however the taste is hard for me to stomach. Please keep posting your tricks for drinking down this black tar. I appreciate the recipes.Replied by Kathy
Posted by Judy (NYC, NY) on 02/02/2013
Just wanted to add a new way of taking. I used vanilla extract 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp of molasses, diluted with hot water and added almond milk. A wonderful soothing drink, as a pick me up or nightcap.
Posted by Anon (Anon) on 11/16/2011
I can't stand the taste of blackstrap molasses but it seems you have to take it awhile to get the hair color back. Anyone else here feel that way and have a trick to get it down? I tried warming it in some water and taking it as a shot but it was intense nastiness. I also tried adding the warmed BSM to my ACV-BS mix but it's so hard for me to swallow. I really want the benefits of it and hope there is some trick. It's just a flavor I abhor. Thanks.Replied by Alexandra
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Posted by Ginger (Toronto, Canada) on 07/06/2011
As a lot of people adding the black strap molasses to milk be it almond or soy, when milk is sweetened it has a very bad effect in the body and the health benefits are reduced
milk sweetened increases the amount of mucus your body produces - hence, you wake with a lot of blowing of the nose in the morning with large amount of clear nasal discharge even throughout the day
one will then have to drink at least 16oz of fresh carrot juice daily to cleanse the mucus from the body
see the book counsels on diets and foods
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Columbus, Ohio, Usa
Posted by T (St. James, New York) on 02/24/2011
A cashier told me about a remedy of molasses you find in a health food store, mixed with beet juice, and taken every morning- that it will cure anything wrong with the body. It is what they used in her country (Islands). She added that the molasses could be taken with any fruit juice to substitute beet juice. Have not tried it yet.
Fresh squeezed fruit juice is a live whole food (full nutrient density) and turns the body alkaline when ingested, where as in processed juices full of added sugars where the nutrient density-(phyto nutrients, probiotics, enzymes, caritinoids, etc) has been destroyed, turns the ph acidy. Your body needs these nutrients for cell reproduction and organ functions. Nutritional Genomics is in its infancy. Our government is just finding this out and promoting it through fruit and veggies matter.gov along with many other government agencies (partners) such as the Center for Disease Control- CDC. gov This will be an interesting remedy to try.
Here is an interesting fact sheet about Iron from the Ohio State Universtiy Extension. ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/5000/5559.html
PS will check back in a couple of months and post my remedy results.Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
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New Haven, Connecticut
Posted by Michelle (Barling, Arkansas) on 07/28/2010
I have been taking Blackstrap Molasses for about 6 months now and I was just on the site and saw that you pour boiling water over it before you mix it with soy milk.. I am just wondering why and if I need to start this step or is it ok to skip the boiling water and drink it in soy milk.. Thank you