Blackstrap Molasses Natural Cures: Q&A

Last Modified on Feb 15, 2013

How Much Copper Content in Blackstrap Molasses?

02/15/2013: Dr. Z from Anonymous: I've been reading a lot about Blackstrap Molasses on the earth clinic website. And I hear about how it is rich in Copper, Manganese and Iron in addition to Vitamin B. However so far all the brands of blackstrap molasses (BSM) that I've researched do not list copper in their nutrition label. And so far I've looked at Wholesome organic BSM, Plantation, House of Herbs, Brer Rabbit and the list goes on.

Can you please provide some information as to which brand contains at least the copper? And I believe copper is the ingredient that is helpful for hair. Thanks.

02/19/2013: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Most sellers of BSM (blackstrap molasses) don't do sufficient analysis of copper in their BSM, so we don't know. But we can take amino copper chelate or chlorophyll - which is basically sodium copper chlorophyllin - together with our blackstrap molasses to ensure the copper.

Ted

12/24/2013: Kate from Maidenhead, Berkshire replies: Hi Ted -I've moved to Bangkok..my early retirement. As you live in Thailand, where can I buy blackstrap molasses and apple cider vinegar in Bangkok? Please provide advisement, I'm desperate for help.
01/04/2014: Carolyn from Carrollton, Tx replies: It's been several years since I was in Bangkok, but they used to have a grocery store downtown that catered to farongs. Try them.

Molasses Vs Muscovado

08/08/2011: Anonymous from Anonymous: Hi, Ted! I am really happy to find the very informations about molasses that I have searched on your website. Now I have some questiones to ask about the differences between Molasses and Muscovado sugar. There are various kinds of raw sugars such as Muscovado, demerara and even 'molasses sugar' of Billinton's. I know these kinds of raw sugars have many minerals and vitamins like molasses but perhaps not as much as the effects of the curations of molasses.
I want to know about the truth and your opinion.
Thank you!

08/08/2011: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Both of them has sugar, so I consider harmful. Generally the darker the sugar, the more the mineral. So I would have to say molasses and muscovada is a close one depending on the brand you are using. If you wanted to look at the quality you look at two things, total mineral content per 100 gram, which is more, that's the winner. The second one is total carbohydrate (mostly sucrose) the less the better. The one that is worthy of any health effects is not molasses or muscovada, it's the blackstrap molasses, which has both the highest mineral content and yet as the lowest in sugar content.

Ted

QUESTION ABOUT EARTH CLINIC'S ICED MOLASSES RECIPE AND IRON ABSORPTION

05/06/2011: Cathy : Hi Ted, I have a question for you concerning Black Strap Molasses. I heard you should never take iron with calcium. The iron will get absorbed by the calcium and your body will not get the iron.

However I saw a receipe on a site called Earth Clinic's Iced Molasses Recipe.

My question is...if I make this (Molasses, hot water, milk and ice) won't I not get the benefits of the iron from the Molasses since I'm adding milk to it?

I'm getting so confused about all of this.

Thanks for your help in advance.

Cathy

05/15/2011: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Normally molasses is best absorbed if taken alone that's why you should not take them with milk. The calcium can block its absorption.

Ted

Organic Vs. Unsulphered?

04/28/2007: Ravinder from Canberra, Australia: Hi I have been giving BSM to my teenage kids as they have premature greying. I have to mix it in the mixed juice to hide the taste. I found that Organic BSM tastes lot better than Unsulfered BSM. Can anyone tell me what is the difference?

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Dear Ravinder: Molasses depends on sugar cane aging, and extraction method. It comes from cane sugar, and the molasses are unsulphured, sulphured and boiling for blackstrap.

Sulfured molasses comes from green unriped sugar cane, and has sulfur fumes. Unsulphured molasses comes from ripe cane juice and is concentrated, and often best quality, in terms of minerals. Usually the first boiling has some sugar removed, but a second boil will have a darker color, perhaps the caramel is created. The third boil is the blackstrap molasses you are looking for and are the darkest ones which have more caramel. Therefore the best ones comes from the unsulfured ones as it is made from a matured sugar cane and is generally more rich in minerals than the green sulfured ones. In terms of tastes, the opposite may be true.

It must be emphasized that the main reason why blackstrap molasses is so helpful to the graying of the hair is that molasses has the highest amount of copper, then the second highest is the manganese. It also have some vitamin B pyridoxine. Therefore, foods high in copper and manganese is what you will be looking for. In Thailand, the tap water has high level of copper anyway, so taking just plenty of vitamin C will increase copper bioavailability as with taking vitamin C sodium ascorbate and blackstrap molasses. The same is true if you take cocoa, which is also high in copper. Manganese can also be found in soy milk. So in case you want a dark hair, blackstrap molasses, soy milk, vitamin C sodium ascorbate, magnesium, and some vitamin B complex are the things you will be looking for. I have seen a picture of one guy taking copper colloidal solution for a whole year and the color of his hair came back too. The same is also true if you take fulvic acid, which has a large spectrum of minerals also. Dogs don't get graying hairs, generally anyway, because their livers can produce vitamin C which helps with BOTH iron and copper bioavailability.

Therefore, unsulfured blackstrap molasses is the one that is technically the best in terms of mineral content for graying of hair. Ripe sugar cane tend to have more minerals as it matures and accumulate minerals.

How Much Is Too Much?

04/22/2007: Bob : Molasses cure: How much is too much? I love the taste. I'm taking it for irregular heart beat and to improve my terrible short term memory.

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Dear Bob: The limiting factor for taking blackstrap molasses is the amount sugar you can consume. Normally people will take anywhere from one teaspoon to two tablespoons, being the dosage range. However, I look more on the sugar concentration of whatever we drink should be in a concentration that has ideally no affect on changes in the blood sugar levels.

Basically a normal urinary sugar, is about 1.5%-2% sugar concentration. Therefore, if you take 1.5% - 2% black molasses and 98% you add water, you can take almost any amount of black molasses you want as long as the concentration of sugar remains low and unlikely to effect the blood sugar.

In fact, a simple way to reduce blood sugar in diabetes is to drink enough water until the urinary sugar goes to between 1.5 - 2% and in which case the body would not be overburdened with the sugar. In the case of diluting them, your only limiting factor is how much water you can drink in one day and this depends usually on not getting the urine color to be too yellow, but just a faint pale yellow should be sufficient to be not to be too water logged and at the same time, not dehydrated.

The reason why soft drinks are not safe is that their sugar concentration is between 10 -20% concentration, which is at least 5 times (10% minimum sugar soft drink concentration /2% maximum allowed urinary sugar) more in concentration than what the body needs. Also most soft drinks contain no minerals and vitamins.

Safe for a Diabetic?

03/05/2007: Mayra from Rydal, GA: I wanted to know if it's ok for me to take Black Strap Molasses, I'm borderline diabetic 2, and I have hemorrhoids, i always have to take a stool softener, and i was told that this would help. Is this true? I started to take it today, 1 teaspoon a day.

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Hemorrhoids will be helped with the stool softener, but this won't solve the real cause. While hemorrhoids cause constipation, constipation is caused by excess acidity from eating too much white bread, white flour, coke, coffee, tea, cakes, sugar, pastries.

I'm borderline diabetic 2

Blackstrap molasses would not help that much. Taking granulated powdered lecithin 1 tablespoon along with food or on empty stomach as well as completely avoid all fried foods, and stir fried and oil foods would help the diabetic problems mostly by restoring the body's hormone to function normally without excess oils blocking the functions. It is well known fact that excess fatty acid blocks normal hormone function which can in turn effect the body's homeostasis, which also includes diabetes. The lecithin a granulated fat emulsifier will remove excess fats in the liver restoring the liver's normal function. Vitamin B complex taken now and then will also help in glucose metabolism. There are many ways to treat diabetes, the best way is to avoid sugar and use sugar substitutes of xylitol and stevia. Aspartame and other artificial sugar not stevia or xylitol are generally not safe.

'>i always have to take a stool softener,

Not really. The cause of constipation is excess acidity in the body from eating too much acid forming food with the lack of bicarbonates in the diet. Just add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to 1/2 glass of water taken twice a day on an empty stomach. Ideally most people need to take more, but since most people do not have a pocket pH meter to find the proper dose, the dose given is the absolute minimum dose. Ideally three times a day is best, but many find it inconvenient to take it during the early afternoon also. So therefore it is taken only in the morning and before bedtime hours.

How Much for an Infant?

03/04/2007: Rhonda from Kalispell, MT: Our grandson was premature and having constipation and digestive problems. It was recommended to give a small amount of blackstrap molasses in his bottle. It has made a noticeable difference along with a clear complexion. He is gaining very nice now since he likes the taste and drinks more with it in. I'm still a little concerned because of being a natural sweetener, and high in iron. Would like feedback or how much would you recommend for a 14 lb little boy?

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Rhonda: If the conditions were worsening, usually the best rule of thumb is to halve the dose. Usually continous taking of any remedy is not helpful. It is best taken for about 4-5 day out of a week. Therefore the issue of iron and sweetener should be less of a problem since it is not taken continuously.

Chemical Reaction in Water Mixture?

02/17/2007: Wilson from Tema, Ghana: I used boiling water to mix black strap molasses and then cooled the mixture. I filled PET bottles to enable my wife take the necessary equivalent dosage in combating fibroids. After a few days serious pressure developed in the bottles with one exploding. What caused the gas and will the mixture be effective. No alcohol fermentation took place though.

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: A bacteria doesn't necessarily ferment alcohol, but they do create gases, such as carbon dioxide. It is best taken by mixing with water directly with the molasses when you need it to be consumed immediately. You can take the same thing by making a molasses syrup taken directly much like cough syrup. If you insists on diluting the mixture, then dilute it with only apple cider vineger. The acidity of apple cider vinegar will prevent bacterial growth.

The high concentrated syrup of molasses prevents bacterial growth, but when you dilute it enough, it becomes food for the bacteria. Therefore such procedures of mixing with water and storage is not recommended and it may cause food poisoning such as botulism when such measure is employed.

Why Is Blackstrap Better?

10/26/2006: Duane : I was wondering if you can tell me why blakstrap molasses is better than plain unsulphured molasses. I read somewhere that the unsulphered was the best and most nutritional because it is the second phase of the process from the cane sugar.

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Dear Duane: Ye,s unsulfured molasses may have slight nutritional advantage, but the risk of food poisoning poses a problem too as sulfur is also added to prevent spoilage and stability. So if you can find one and sure that they don't spoil somehow before you eat it, then fine.

However, for most people sulfur is relatively non-toxic anyway. Most geysers and hot springs are rich in sulfur where people come to the place to treat arthritis or skin problem. Again this is a matter of choice. I prefer to choose the ones that people have good feedback. The lack of feedback, I would be suspicious. This is where earthclinic comes in and tries to get people to tell them about their experience.

Safe with Candida and Fungus?

10/19/2006: Peggy from Muskogee, OK: What if you are loaded with candida and fungus? Will molassas be ok to take or is it too much sugar? Thanks, Peggy

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Peggy: For a diabetic, that would be too much. Taken in small amounts might be reasonable, but I would much prefer you consider taking zinc acetate, manganese sulfate and sodium molybdate supplements. These three should help reduce the candida and fungus problem internally.

I suspect the deficiency is very much due to heavy metals and pathogen blocking immune functions causing the conditions. Heavy metals create free radicals and seems to suppress many glandular funtion, by killing of the cells or by symbiosis with mycoplasma. For some reason or another these nanobacteria seemed to be hide along with heavy metals too.

Since heavy metals is implicated, I suggest you do oil chelation or oil pulling. Take one tablespoon of sunflower oil, swish around the mouth a couple of times, most of the metals will be taken up by the sunflower oil, and then spit it out. Do this a couple of times in the morning should help reduce the pathogen load and the heavy loads quite easily. The other thing is to eat some chinese parsley (cilantro) when you eat food. This will also take heavy metals out of your system.

10/31/2010: Larry from Arlington, Texas replies: Dear Ted, I tried to find the Supplements you suggest in this thread, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Molybdate, Zinc Acetate, every Store Rep I talk to tells me to ask you where these might be available, They have no Idea at what I am asking for human consumption, Could they be known by a different chemical name, I know Magnesium Sulfate is Epsom Salt. I have been Overloaded with Candidia since Feb of this year due to a Amoxicillin reaction, I was diagnosed with fungus of the skin, itching and redness. Doctor said I also had Strep
Throat, He prescribed Amoxicillin 2,500MG twice a Day for the Strep virus and a 7 day Fluconazole for the Fungus,

By the 3rd day I was burning on my back so bad I stopped the Amoxicillin and continued the Fluconazole until the seventh day. I have had nothing but misery ever since, I have checked my Saliva, Spit test every morning, last few mornings- it floats for over half hour. In the past it sinks very quickly with tornadoes so severe I know I was highly infected
with yeast. I found I cannot use Xylitol sweetner at all! Any help would be Appreciated and thanks for a wonderfull Site!!! Larry

10/07/2011: Marc from Olympia, Wa replies: To Larry from Texas, do you have amalgam (mercury) fillings..... I believe the mercury will predispose you to fungual colonizations, amoxicillin, like all antibiotics will take mucosa out of your intestine, out with the mucosa also goes most of your matalotionine, a protein that loves to bind with toxic metals and give 'em a ride right outta your system... You got to get the good bugs back in your gut, the lactobacillus et al , from fermented vegies/cabbage sauerkraut , no sulfited canned crap, make your own. , ...... Yogurt (NO!! Sugared-up Safeway garbage yogurt, get the real stuff from health food store or co-op, take zinc, it induces metalothionine to do its thing, clean yo liver ala Hulda Clarks mag sulfate/olive oil /grapefruit juice and/or plenty of powdered vit c, Abco seems to work well or drink Burroughs' old elixir of honey and/or molasses, lemon lime juice (fresh!!! ) and cayenne. The idea is you wanna get your liver clean preferably before you get your amalgams out( from a good holistic dentist that willl dam yo mouth and vaccum as they do it , not be whipping the air and your throat and gums with a plastering of particulate mercury, this is IMPORTANTE!!

now I see your post is from nearly a year ago, I'd like to know how you are doing with this.... Dang!! Stay out of the hospitals and away!! From the whitecoats.... marc marcgiovine(at)hotmail.com

06/16/2012: Aparajita from Crystal Creek, Nsw Australia replies: Candida can be cured with alkalyzing the body, Grow some paw paw (papaya) in pots and harvest at about 3-4 feet, pulp and simmer for 2 hours, drink small amounts daily and swish in your mouth, eat lots of parsley, greens and water. Take acidophilis. Try food grade Hydrogen peroxide drops. Good luck!

Children and Molasses

10/18/2006: Comfort from Chicago: MY QUESTION IS THAT CAN CHILDREN TAKE MOLASSES? AND IF SO WHAT DOSAGE, AND ALSO HOW DO ONE STORE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR AFTER IT'S BEEN OPENED ? REFRIGERATE OR NOT?

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Dear Comfort: One teaspoon of black molasses per day for children is a reasonable dose. It is the same dose as that of a cough syrup, so I would assume it to be safe. Kids drinking soda pop for a whole week is equivalent to a pound of sugar. Therefore it would be safe to assume that avoiding soda pop and sweets and taking a relatively moderate dose of molasses of one teaspoon is not a large amount.

After opening ACV, it is safer to put them in the refrigerator.

Diabetes and Molasses

09/05/2006: Angela from Northern, NJ: Just a quick question... My Mom is diabetic and also borderline anemic. Can she take black molasses? Will it have an affect on her sugar levels? I would really like to be able offer her a herbal remedy in lieu of iron pills. Thanks! ~Angela

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Dear Angela: Your mother is diabetic and molasses is high in sugar. No, she can't take black molasses! This also includes honey, fruit juices, soda pop, and anything sweet.

The pancreas' beta cells are destroyed and prevents the production of insulin. Beta cells are sensitive to free radicals. Major free radicals that kills your beta cells are free fatty acid, free metal iron radicals, and the body's acidity that also encourages oxidation.

To reduce free fatty acid, take fat emulsifiers along with your food, such as granulated lecithin. Lecithin will help reduce the oil by emulsification. Fat soluble antioxidants such as vitamin E should neutralized those fats subject to oxidation. This is why vitamin E helps prevents spoilage of vegetable oils as same as spoilage of oils inside your body.

To reduce free metal iron radicals, oral EDTA chelation is one way.

To reduce the body's level of oxidation due to acid, is to take 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda once in the morning and once in the evening before bedtime.

The body will use up about 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda per day for most people. The body will consume much more if you exercises. If you want to know how much your body consumes "bicarbonates", just measure your urinary pH and estimate how much bicarbonates are needed per day to maintain a normal urinary pH between 6.5 - 7.35.

I would really like to be able offer her a herbal remedy in lure of iron pills

Iron or metals taken into the body if a person is already a diabetic might worsen the condition. The most dangerous of the free radicals are the hydroxyl ions which obviously are created by iron, and this damages the pancreas' beta cells which produces the insulin.

Oral Chelation EDTA would be a more suitable choice, unless you are certain her iron levels are low. Assuming this is true. Then of course she should take iron supplements, but at the same time she should alternatively chelate metals. For example for three days you give her iron supplements, and on day four to day five you give her chelation. Then you keep alternating, The metal chelation will often remove the dangerous unbound free radical metals, it will not remove as easily those that the body is already using.

There are two kinds of metals in your body, bound metals to the body's protein, which don't often create free radicals, and unbound one, which can create hydroxyl free radicals which damages the cells, especially beta cells responsible for the body's insulin production.

Too Much Iron for Men?

Andrew from Brooklyn, NY: I would like to know if the iron in the mollasses is to much for a man to take,as excess iron is no good. I think ive read that natural iron like in Mossasses is not harmful as You excrete what You do not use. Please comment.

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Dear Andrew: Men tend to die earlier than woman on the average because they tend to have too much iron in general since men do not menstruate. And if a woman no longer menstruate, the life expectancy of both man and woman is just about equal.

Because there is a generalization that men have too much iron, taking it might increase iron temporarily and yet rid of it if it is in the excess. The problem about this temporary issue is how long does it stay in your body. The longer it stays, the worse it becomes. While it stays in your blood it will be in the excess anyway. So obviously if you do not drink enough water or frequency of constipation, the body's ability to rid itself of iron is severely limited.

The question therefore depends on whether you drink enough water, have constipation, or take other nutrients that will help rid your body of iron easier.

If you are still not comfortable with this iron problem then taking some oral EDTA will at least help remove free radical heavy metals in your body. Taking plenty of antioxidants and if you do find out that you are indeed high in iron, then considering donating your blood. This is one way for men to menstruate like a woman to rid himself of excess iron.

If your blood is high of free radicals, get a glass slide and put a drop of blood on it and cover the glass slides. Allow it to dry for 1 day. If the blood is dried evenly and smooth then there is no problem. But if it is irregular with cracks of blood, then your body's free radical is too high and riding of excess metal might be the way to go.

In general, taking black strap mollasses, in moderation, not too much would be the best solution, under the conditions that :
'1. You don't have constipation
2. You will drink plenty of water
3. Your blood drop in the microscope slides appears normal.

If you don't want to do a blood drop, then monitor the slimy film in your mouth. That is one way to monitor your antioxidant. If it is sticky slime, and smells bad all the time, you should refrain taking sweets, iron rich foods, take plenty of zinc, and alkalize taking citric acid and baking soda at 1/4 teaspoon each plus 1/2 glass of water, twice a day. Once in the morning and once in the evening.

Consider oil pulling to remove excess heavy metals. Since certain people have issues with oil pulling in the beginning as bacteria dies and releases toxins, just add a little peppermint oil to the sunflower oil bottle you are using. Add enough peppermint oil to it until you feel it tastes confortably like a toothpaste.

So when toxins are released, the peppermint will neutralize these toxins. Methol content in peppermint are quite reactive against these toxins anyway so it will not cause negative body reactions.


 

 

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