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Posted by Letitia (Chicago, Illinois) on 07/01/2013

If Blackstrap Molasses has calcium in it, how does the body absorb the much needed iron?

Replied by Anonymous
Mississauga , On
07/02/2013
I had the same question in mind, in general I look for Blackstrap Molasses with a higher level of iron and a lower of ca, vit c and folic acid will help increase the iron absorption. Have you checked the market for other iron rich foods, Everybody compains about the Blackstrap molasses taste, it's similar to me to plum juice or jam taste.
Replied by Anon
07/02/2013
Hi, basically just take Blackstrap Molasses regularly and you will notice the difference- as the vitamins and minerals are balanced and easily absorbable they work quickly to solve this problem.
Replied by Kt
The Usa
07/25/2013
It does have a very distinctive taste. I dilute a TBSP in a cup of warm water or 2% milk (sometimes half water half milk) and it is tolerable. I also add it to my oatmeal. I add some to spaghetti sauce or baked beans and my husband cannot detect it.

After reading several posts here I think molasses is being confused with BSM. I used to purchase molasses feed for my horses. I don't think BSM is added to that grain.


Posted by Arn (Kenmore, Wa.) on 09/23/2009
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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.


Posted by Luis (Cali, Colombia) on 06/06/2009

Guys, please check out iron content in your blackstrap molasses. Iron could mean too much ferritin in blood, potentially dangerous for hearth health. For your best days.

Replied by Painbgone
Milford, De, United States
01/11/2012
Does anyone know how much iron IS TOO MUCH IRON in BCP& what is ferritin in your blood?

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Posted by Judith (Namibia) on 02/11/2016
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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.


Posted by Cheryl (Abilene, Tx) on 01/22/2012
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I tried to donate blood and could not - my blood was iron poor -it was at 7.2 - had to be 7.5 to donate. This was in June of 2011 - so I went on blackstrap molasses and gave blood in jan 2012 - now I am at 12.9 - wow Blackstrap Molasses works for me!!

Replied by Concerned2
Watonga, Oklahoma
11/09/2012
Excellent note on low iron. Most people lose iron - I found this out, also when I went to give blood: my iron was low because the nurse said that I shouldn't drink tea when I am eating a meal. Very unusual. Evidently, tea lowers the level of iron. I got my blood level up with BSM AND apple cidar vinegar... Drank alot of it in a glass of grapefruit and honey. Yea for BMS. Feel great, sleep better and less leg cramps.

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Posted by Rhonda Nelson (Tallahassee, FL, USA) on 07/31/2007
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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.

Replied by Katerina
Athens, Greece
02/24/2009
You mean that Molasses induce a B3 deficiency? Is this true EC?

EC: Blackstrap Molasses is said to be a good source of B Vitamins, so we're not sure. Conflicting reports on the net re: molasses and lupus. We could not find anything about it causing a B3 deficiency.

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
02/28/2009

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Haven't found anything on this yet, but if sorghum and corn are closely related it is possible, I guess. At least heavy corn consumption is listed is one of the causes of B3 deficiency. It seems that alcoholism is one of the major causes. Wonder if that is because a lot of booze is made from corn or because the alcoholic usually drinks too many of his calories instead of eating nutritious foods
Replied by Marcelle
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
05/21/2009
I have just bought my first bottle of Black Strap Molasses and have been researching the comments. There was a concern that BSM will deplete Vit B3. I have had a good look at my Unsulphered BSM and it shows to contain 4mg Vit B3 (Niacin) so I am confident that it is actually a source of this vitamin.

Menstrual Issues  

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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. 

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Molasses Book Reviews  

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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?


Molasses Daily Dosages  

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Posted by Stella (Goose Creek, S.c.) on 01/08/2012

Blackstrap Molasses

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
Somewhere, Europe
01/08/2012
Stella, anything in excess is not good. But I can tell you from my experience with BSM for aleviating anemia, I took 1 Tblsp. In hot water and soymilk twice a day, till I felt stronger, and then tapered off to once a day and now once in a few days. That's what worked for me.
Replied by Stella
Goose Creek, S.c.
01/08/2012
Thank you for responding. Has anyone used the BSM for weightloss? Someone told me it helps speed up the metabolism.

Molasses Recipes  

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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
Ontario, Ca
03/06/2013
Hi Colleen, the way I take Black strap mollasses is in tea or coffee. It taste yummy. 1 Tablespoon in a cup of hot tea or coffee.

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
Cheshire, England
11/16/2011
I enjoy drinking BSM. I usually have one teaspoon in a mug of warm water with a pinch of sea salt. (I do not like it with ACV. ) You could try it in warm milk.

My daughter had bad period pains but would not take BSM, so I made her cocoa with it in. I told her she wouldn't like it, but she drank it all and said it tasted ok, and she felt better in about an hour. I made it with 1 teaspoon cocoa in a mug of hot water, stirred in 1 teaspoon BSM then added a little cold milk.

If you really cannot drink it, how about putting it in your cooking. The spices in a curry would mask the flavour, or make some parkin (oatmeal cake) - delicious!

Replied by Carly
Seattle, Wa - Usa
11/17/2011
I will say - I wanted to GAG the first time I drank the (unsulphered) BSM in water. It was such a strong flavor, it really did NOT taste like something I could do on a daily basis, but I really wanted to try it because of all of the great things I had read on here about it.

I tried using less of it in my coffee the next day, and it tasted quite a bit better. The coffee really helped.

I now use one tablespoon of it in my (1) smaller sized cup of coffee every morning - and I can now say that I would really miss it if I were to run out of it - which I have not, as I always keep a spare bottle on hand!

A word to the wise though - start with a teaspoon, and work your way up to using more, or be prepared to stay by the bathroom for an hour after taking it. It WILL make your bowels regular. Sorry if TMI. ;-) ~Carly

Replied by Anon
Anon
11/17/2011
Thanks Alexandra, great ideas! I don't like hot beverages in general but I do like hot cocoa in the winter and hot soups year round. Never thought of adding it, I will try it in these. Thanks!
Replied by Dud
The Woods, Wv, Usa
11/17/2011
Anon; I also hate the taste of blackstrap molasses. I finallly found this recipe, that tastes good;

Jar, with lid, 8 ounce
Milk , cold, 6 oz. Carob powder, 1 tsp. B. S. Molasses, 2 tsp. Put in the jar , shake well, until all the molasses is dissolved. It will now taste like chocolate milk. For some reason, carob powder mixed with milk and a sweetener tastes exactly like cocoa. In no other recipe does it taste like cocoa. The molasses taste will now be disguised as a rich chocolate milk drink. [ I do not know if cocoa powder will also work in this drink, I never tried it.... It might. ]

Replied by Lisa
S. California, Ca, Usa
11/18/2011
Milk / calcium interferes with iron absorption. Try it with chocolate Rice milk.
Replied by Anon
Anon
11/18/2011
I'm not much of a coffee drinker but might become one then (black coffee upsets my stomach sometimes). But I'll also give a try to the cocoa as well as the carob with a milk alternative as mentioned. Thanks everyone!
Replied by Linda
New Haven, Connecticut
01/08/2012
Lisa, thank you so much for the information about calcium interferring with iron absorption. I've only just started taking the molasses (on my second day) & was adding it to my milk with my turmeric & cayenne pepper.

It was delicious but I see now I'd better take it with something else. Perhaps my ACV & water will do.

Replied by Hippy_chick
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
02/21/2012
Hi all - I am also having trouble getting the blackstrap molasses down. I've tried adding it to some of the other concoctions I've been brewing and taking, even my green smoothies in the mornings which sometimes I love with honey, and just find I can't stand the taste.

What is working for me at the moment is in the morning I make a pot of tea (I have a 3 pot teapot) and putting a teaspoon of molasses in it. With all that water and the taste of the tea it isn't too bad. I then make another teapot in the afternoon and mix another teaspoon into it. I love herbal teas and find it's a great way to up my water intake so this is easy enough for me. However, 2 tsp of molasses a day is all I can manage at this point...

Cheers EC!

Replied by My
Tucson, Arizona
02/22/2012
For those of you who do stir frys, drizzle the molasses over the veggies while stir frying. I find this actually enhances the over-taste of the stir fry and thickens the juices.
Replied by Sparkle
Micanopy, Florida, Usa
04/05/2012
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I just tried Grandma's Molasses (unsulfured) in a cup of lemon ginger tea and loved it. It looks like coffee!

*1 cup water

*1 Lemon Ginger tea bag

*1 Teaspoon Grandma's Molasses (or any Blackstrap brand)

*1 Teaspoon honey

Boil water, pour into cup w/tea bag and stir in the molasses and honey. Cover cup and let steep for five minutes.

It was delicious! I think this could be, aside from the medicinal aspects, a terrific substitute for coffee if anyone is trying to quit.


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

best regards,
Ginger

Replied by Pbird
Wa, US
04/01/2015
Milk has no mucus effect on me at all, no nose blowing or any such. We must not over generalize.

Posted by Bondgirl (Nyc, Usa) on 03/17/2011

A great way to take Black Strap Molasses if you're finding it difficult to consume is adding it to sparkling water, it tastes like an organic version of coca cola. Add a twist of lemon and ice for a refreshing drink.

Replied by Bodine
Columbus, Ohio, Usa
02/18/2013
I have been reading about the benefits of blackstrap molasses and wanted to add it to my diet. I am responding to you while drinking 1 tbls. mixed with 8 ozs. sparkling water and ice. It is great, reminds me of Coca cola syrup or a weak root beer. Thanks for the recipe.

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
02/25/2011
Thanks for this new remedy but doesn't molasses only dilute in warm liquids? I drink fresh pressed fruit juices very often (pressed in a masticating juicer as not to kills all the good things in them), also beet juice although fresh beets are not easy to find here in France as everybody buys them cooked and packed in plastic in the supermarket. But please tell me if you manage to dilute the molasses easily in a cold juice!
Replied by Linda
New Haven, Connecticut
01/08/2012
Hi Francisca. I know that the molasses WILL easily dissolve in a cold drink as I had been taking it in cold milk for the past two days. I'm now switching to water along with ACV as I've just learned that the calcium in the milk will inhibit the iron absorption from the BSM.

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



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