My mother has had normocytic anemia for years and years. This is when each red blood cell is in good shape, but the amount of red blood cells is fewer than there should be. She has taken iron pills (ferrous sulfate) for a while now and it has slightly helped, but she has still had the anemia. In the past year she has had severe kidney ailments and was hospitalized and given several blood transfusions. Recently I have been taking care of her and she has been eating a lot healthier, taking herbs for her liver and kidneys, drinking ACV, and drinking a smoothie with fruits and vegetables every day. Her health has drastically improved, but she still had the anemia.
However, about 2 weeks ago I started putting a cup of beet kvass in her smoothies and on her most recent visit to the doctor, her anemia improved quite a bit. She still has it, but it's gotten way better. She also takes the iron supplement still, but that alone wasn't doing it. I'm certain it's the beet kvass that has improved her red blood cell count.
I would like to simply tell of some very useful information regarding ANEMIA.
Some years ago, my young grandson was diagnosed with ANEMIA.
Doctors advised on giving him iron tablets.
I took to the internet and did a whole lot of research on the matter.
The advice was simple, beetroot (Latin Name Beta vulgaris) or beet as some know it, has a very high content of iron.
I have no medical qualifications and am not advising that anyone should rush out and purchase beetroot.
However I have never ever heard of anyone developing any problems from eating this root vegetable.
One can also purchase the beetroot crystals from chemists worldwide, but I would just keep it simple and grate some fresh beetroot and add it to your salad.
My grandson is over his problem and just loves beetroot now.
Thank you all and best wishes from Ayutthaya Thailand.
(Fairview, Oklahoma, Usa)
Yeah! Molasses, molasses, molasses. I have a digestive problem with BSM; have celiac disease and the malt seems to be a real problem. I am also anemic. I have found spinach, peaches, beetroot, cinnamon and chickory all to be helpful. Of course, energy begats energy and exercise (moderate when tired) is great for an energy boost.
(Wellington, New Zealand)
Beetroot is one of the vegetables high in oxalates which impairs non-heme iron absorption. Other foods also high in oxalates include spinach, kale, nuts, chocolate, tea, rhubarb, strawberries and herbs such as oregano, basil and parsey. This will suprise many as it goes against the popular perception of these items.
Iron Inhibitors in Your Iron Rich Vegetables:
One problem with a list of food based solely on the content of a metal is that some foods themselves contain substances that inhibit iron absorption. Spinach is high in oxalic acid which can be cooked off in boiled spinach (discard the water) or in steamed spinach. A wilted spinach salad may be in order if the steam water is allowed to run off. The immature soy beans contain phytic acid which inhibit your iron absorption as well.
Beets, Dietary Changes
I have dealt with anemia over the years due to heavy periods and I also was doing dieting and wasn't taking any supplements. I recently had an anemia crisis, almost fainted one day, ice cravings, severe chest pain! I had to get myself back up together and finally got my iron levels right. I am taking a supplement 18mg iron gluconate a day. I also loaded up on beet juice which always helps and is a great remedy, I love to juice beets with carrots, orange and lemon. I didn't like doing this, but I had to go back to eating meat more often.
Beets, clams, liver and steak are the best for anemia. I tried the liver the first time the beef liver wasn't bad and it quickly helped me. Good vegetable sources are fennel(amazing for anemia, leeks, artichoke, mangoes(very good), pears and apricots. Oatmeal is a good source too. I hear spinach is good, but then I hear some things about it reducing iron.
I now am finally better, no more headaches, no more scary chest and leg pains, and I can now workout without feeling like I'm going to pass out after a few minutes. It will take time to get the levels back up but it is worth it. I started to feel better within a week. I usually know when my iron is low cause I start to crave these foods the clams, steak, liver, etc. so listen to your body it will let you know. Rubbing lemongrass oil on the soles of the feet and wrists is also helpful for anemia it is energizing. The tea is good for anemia too. Be careful with too much garlic it can cause anemia to worsen.
LLH, for me Blackstrap Molasses got the iron and ferritin up to par.
I like reading what others have to say about natural ways of healing the body, with what God has placed on earth for us to use.
I take a tsp. of BSM everyday and love it, my mom passed away last year at the age of 89, sometimes when she was in her 70s her Doctor would say her iron was low, after three months went by and each time going back to get tested, I told my sister to try Black Strap Molasses, until her next visit to a specialist the doctor wanted her to see, well each day I told my sister who lived with our mom, to give her 1 tsp. a day until the visit, that day came week and a half later, the lady doctor came out and said from moms doctor report of iron level 6 it was up to almost 10 and my sister told her what I suggested taking the BSM, and so the lady Doctor said well it sure was a good thing so keep it up. I sure am glad the natural worked for our mom, It truly was an answer to Prayer....
I was wondering why no one has mentioned Spirulina and vit B12 for anaemia? Has anyone had experience using these?
Two of my children had anemia. We tried many iron supplements for several months and their iron levels barely moved up. I tried 1 teaspoon of blackstrap in chocolate rice milk once a day and within 2 months, their iron levels were normal.
I have recently discovered that I have severe anemia. I have extreme bouts of fatigue and exhaustion as well as brittle fingernails that will not grow. How much blackstrap molasses should I be taking each day?
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Mauri, start small - about a teaspoon, twice a day. You will probably see immense improvements when you build up to a tablespoon twice a day. Later, you can back down to a tablespoon once a day and later yet, a tablespoon once in a few days.
The first thing you might notice, is more energy!!
Liquid Chlorophyll is also a help in building up the blood. Midwives often have mothers take it if they bleed too much after birth. Even a Tablespoon several times a day. (It will turn the stool dark, though.)
~Mama to Many~
(Fort Worth, Texas)
Take 1 tbsp. molasses, half fresh squeezed lemon, and 1 cup water mix well and drink.
During the day eat beets or drink beet juice and don't forget your selenium, vitamin C and folate acid. Post in 1 month with the good news.
Herb The Herbalist
(New York City)
Dear Herb: I am trying to find the best beet root powder - can you recommend any? If you buy the juice they are pretty expensive..around $5 a bottle. Thanks
Black Strap Molasses / Anemia
When working in the hospital as the case manager for patients who would refuse blood transfusions (the majority of my patients were not for religous reasons, rather for health concerns) there would be some who the blood building drug EPO would not work.
According to the manufacturer guidelines, the TIBC (total iron binding capicity) study needed to be used and not the traditioinal iron stores that the docs typically asked for. When the EPO did not work, the TIBC was always low. On getting a doctors order and approval from the pharmacy, we gave one table spoon of BSM mixed with peanut butter three times a day.
We saw 3 grams per dl increase in RBC (red blood cell) counts in as little as 24 hours. It was not that the body was making blood miraculously as it takes 2 weeks for a stem cell (red blood cell wanna-be's) to mature, rather the theory was that the signaling that the blood would be available soon caused a release of shunted blood.
This happened in patients with hemaglobin blood counts as low as 2.9 (the lowest I case managed). Counts continued to rise for the next few days until they were at safe levels. Most were cancer patients. Research shows that avoiding blood transfusions decreases the risk of metastatic cancer. BSM makes this possible. None of my BSM doped patients returned with metastatic cancer. In time we discovered that EPO was not needed when there was no arthritis. The BSM worked on its own.
In over 600 patients I cared for, not only did none die, they often got out of the hospital faster (1/2 to 3 days) and cheaper than those who got blood. The oldest, a 79 year old woman, got out three days faster than a 35 year old who got blood, both with broken hips. More importantly, The BSM doped patients had lower morbidity (getting sick) and lower mortality (dying) rates that those who got blood.
It should be noted, the only way to get this care is to go to a hospital that specializes in advance transfusion practice or bloodless medicine care.
Now as a holistic nurse, this is one of the treatments of choice for many of my patients who have Risk for 'Altered Nutrition: Less than body requirement to maintain normal red blood cell count (this is a nursing diagnosis for someone who has a medical diagnosis of the various types of anmeia).'
For those with arthritis, I decrease the BSM to a teaspoon once a day and add one raw red beet to their weekly diet.
Nurse Jon, Your review on BSM Was so informative. As a person who suffers from long term anemia I would love to know of a brand of BSM THAT YOU WOULD SUGGEST. Thank you for your words. It left me feeling like there is hope.
Myra, BSM is the only thing that got my iron and ferritin up to normal.
My husband has aplastic anemia and I'm wondering if the blackstrap molasses would help him? His body is killing his hemoglobin before it reaches maturity. So we're looking for a natural treatment that will help keep his red blood cells for their full life span. He has had many transfusions and many treatments of Prednisone which is working less and less and for a shorter period of time. We're desperate. Please let me know if you have any ideas.
Hi Susannah -
Dr. Josh Axe mentioned blackstrap molasses (1 teaspoon per day) among other things in his article about anemia - "5 Natural Treatments for Anemia Symptoms":
He does mention the various types of anemia that affects people (including aplastic anemia). His recommendations are based on diet, B12, Vitamin C, folate [not folic acid], ginseng, probiotics, etc.
He also added how important a healthy spleen is when dealing with anemia.
I hope you and your husband find something that helps soon.
This excellent account gave me an idea for a delicious blood-building recipe using the mentioned ingredients: blackstrap molasses and peanut butter sandwich on lightly toasted gluten-free bread. Thank you!
My wife is pregnant and is also anemic (has come very close to fainting) and is also hypoglycemic (coconut oil has helped along with snacks throughout the day). She has been taking iron supplements even before she was told to. My mom told me about Blackstrap Molasses from earthclinic which we both visit often but of course overlooked anemia here. My wife has been taking Blackstrap Molasses for about 5-6 weeks now and the doctor called this morning, her iron levels are going up (still low though) and said if she keeps at the amount she has been doing she should be fine by delievery (will continue to take it after also). I have also noticed she is much more clear-headed and alert now, the hemoglobin is finally starting to be able to do its job! Thanks for everyone's posts.
Hi I am anemic throughout my life and now I am pregnant and my hemoglobin is 10.3 can I use blackstrap molasses in pregnancy and where can I found it? thanks.
Why do you add recipes that contain milk with molasses to absorb iron? Calcium blocks the absorption of iron. Many people may get sick or worse die from inaccurate info about iron.
I love BSM. I had 5 tumors and had to have a hysterectomy. My blood count was down to 8. (The normal being 12-15) my doctor told me I almost had to have a blood transfusion after surgery, but she decided to put me on Ferrus sulfate iron pills. I hated that, so at my 2 week check up we quit the iron and went to BSM. I can tell a real difference!!! I also take folic acid b/c that builds your blood too. I went back to work 4 weeks after my surgery. I would advise anyone to take BSM.
(Wellington, New Zealand)
Reply to Lee, BSM is a much better solution for anemia. Iron compounds to correct anemia need to be under stringent medical control. As early as 1928 they were found to destroy Vitamin E. Later studies showed that taking ferrous sulfate and other iron compounds tremendously increase the need for oxygen, pantothenic acid and several nutrients, that they harm the unsaturated fatty acids, and destroy carotene and vitamins A, C and E. When protein intake is low, iron compounds can cause liver damage.
Where iron deficiency occurs one must look first to the diet, heavy reliance on processed foods can be a cause, lack of B6, B12 & E also, if no problems there then some other things need to be considered. Loss of blood through internal bleeding (as per stomach ulcer) heavy menstrual flow for women and young girls. Increased ferritin levels indicating that the body is storing iron to make it unavailable for pathogens or parasites (also cancer). Blood tests for anemia should in my opinion also include the test for ferritin. I understand the current upper ferritin level in U. S. is 20 though lately some experts claim 0-10 is preferred.
It is hard to have a normal diet low in iron, so anemia should always be investigated and not simply "treated" with iron pills.
I spent 20 years in Sweden, and the Swedish solution is definitely not ferrous sulphate, etc. for anemia. Thanks for this insight from far away New Zealand. Instead, the Swedish method is to substitute various iron salts for what they call "blood pudding." Blood pudding is a common Swedish dish from centuries past. You can buy it ready made in any supermarket in Sweden. It is made by dipping bread in cow blood and lightly frying it. Add lingon berries to it and serve. It tastes like liver with berries on top. Cheers from the other end of the Pacific Ocean.
(Show Low, Az)
I have been dealing with anemia for 5 years now and each time I have my blood tested the levels drop. I am down to a 4 (norm being 15-35) I am tired and cold all the time and not sure what to do. I also bruise very easily. I tried the pills the doctor gave me but just ended up having to take three other pills/liquid to counter act the side effects of the iron pills. My boyfriend talked to our local health store owner and she suggested Floradix. Has anyone else used this supplement? She did tell him that I should not eat Dairy close to taking the supplement as it could inhibit the iron binding. Any help would be appreciated... Feeling very low.
I am so sorry about the anemia. That is exhausting!
I have taken Floradix. My home birth midwives would recommend it in pregnancy. It is very effective, but it is expensive. However, it was much more gentle on the system than iron supplements. I think it works better, too.
In subsequent pregnancies, I have kept pregnancy induced anemia at bay with just Blackstrap Molasses. It is much cheaper than Floradix and may even be better. You can take 1 Tablespoon twice a day. The drawback is that many don't like the taste. You can look on Earth Clinic's Blackstrap Molasses page for ideas on how to take it. My children take it off the spoon. It must be Blackstrap, though.
Alfalfa is also good for anemia. You can buy tablets to take. 6 per day.
Cayenne pepper is also very good for your blood and may help with the bleeding/bruising. Some have concern that it thins the blood, but I think it has a normalizing effect. If it seems to be affecting you adversely, discontinue. I have just had a lot of success with cayenne helping with bleeding issues. It is also excellent to help you feel warmer and give a little extra energy. Start with 1/8t. in a couple ounces of grape juice, 3 x a day. In a week, try 1/4t. in 3-4 ounces of grape juice 3 times a day.
Do you know the root of this problem? Do you have heavy periods? Internal bleeding? Do you know what your platelet count is?
Please keep us posted.
~Mama to Many~
Yes, being hypothyroid can be a problem for weakness, etc. But, don't know if it also relates to iron defficiency as I've had for a long time. Will definitely start on the BSM.. And also add beet root juice. EarthClinic - we love youuuu so much - thank god for those who invented the internet and thus after all these years allowing everyone to have the ability to educate themselves on healing...staing away from doctors who are a horrible JOKE...and not so funny when they couldn't diagnose a runny nose if their lives depended on it. Sorry....I have reason to despise the medical profession in this country. Be well and stay with Mother Nature.
I suffer from anemia and heavy peiods with bad cramps. I tried BSM but didnt get results fast enough. Maybe I should have given it more time. I have decided to try it again but I am juicing now on a regular basis. Can I use the BSM in the juicing?
(White River Jct, Vermont)
You can buy or make your own 'pills' of Cayenne Pepper. Cayenne pepper slows down bleeding( has a blancing effect in the body and can stop a heart attack), put it in a search engine, it's truly an amazing spice. I use it for heavy bleeding, to bring it down to a more 'normal' amount. It truly works.
I 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!
(South Carolina, Usa)
Caroleco1 - I have heard people say that BSM should not be taken with milk because milk contains calcium which blocks iron absorbtion, this being so, because you also need magnesium to absorb the iron.
Two tablespoons of blackstrap contains 11.7 percent of our RDI of calcium and 7.3 percent of our RDI of magnesium. This calcium-magnesium ratio is ideal, since our bodies need large quantities of magnesium to help absorb similarly large quantities of calcium.
My g-grandmother used to give BSM to me when I was just a child. I didn't know how good it was for me until many years later.
I was diagnosed with anemia a few months back, I started out taking BSM for 1 month, when I had my iron rechecked I was really optimistic that it would have improved my iron stores but it hadn't. The iron in my blood had gone up from 11 to 19 (normal ranges are 5-30) but my ferritin had dropped even lower from 21 to 18 (normal range 30-150). I swapped to Spatone and my ferratin improved to 26 within 2 weeks.
I use to be a die hard blood donor for years. The ARC turned me down a lot now due to low iron from my Pica/period. I took 1 tbs of blackstrap molasses (non sulfured kind) with water a day, drank beetjuice with apple once a week and my hemoglobin levels shot up fast! I have more energy, I am happier, hair grew back, I gave blood to those who need it now (how ironic huh? @[email protected]), and my pica is cured!
Better But With Side Effects
I have been taking black strap molasses 2-3 tsps a day now for the past four weeks, for low iron level anaemia, within a few days I noticed a marked improement, feeling stronger, emotionally and physially, eyelashes looked longer, hair much softer, eyes large and healthy! I had already been taking two tsps of ferrous sulphate twice a day under medical supervision.
I took the black strap molasses for pain in the ankle and leg due to the low iron, I do not think this helped with this but also take some tumeric power which undoubtably has helped and the symptoms are gone.
But I have noticed an increased in fine body hair on the arms and legs... what is this caused from? I also take a bit of cumin each day.
Look forward to your comments. Also should I lower the dose of the iron supplement or the molasses?
Increase in hair may mean you have better circulation.