50 Health Conditions Treated With Blackstrap Molasses

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Blackstrap Molasses Health Benefits on Earth Clinic.

Blackstrap molasses is a natural home remedy for a long list of health conditions. Not only is the remedy effective, it is inexpensive and readily available. Blackstrap molasses is an excellent example of how you can let medicine be your food, and food be your medicine.

Earth Clinic readers have reported 50 conditions which have been helped by BSM over the years. These conditions include heavy menstrual bleeding, anemia, arthritis, constipation, depression, eczema, and many more.

What is Blackstrap Molasses?

Blackstrap molasses is a by product of the processing of sugar cane. It is from the third boiling of the sugar cane. It is the strongest type of molasses because it is so concentrated with nutrients. It is darker than regular molasses.

Health Benefits

Many health problems are caused by or made worse by nutritional deficiencies. This is where blackstrap molasses shines. It is a food that is concentrated with needed nutrients. Sometimes blackstrap molasses brings relief quickly, as is often the case when you use it to treat leg cramps.

Sometimes the relief comes over time after regular use of blackstrap molasses. It can take time to rebuild the body's stores of nutrients. Anemia is a condition that will take some time to heal with blackstrap molasses.

Here is a list that is surely not all inclusive, but still impressive, of the conditions that have reportedly been helped by blackstrap molasses:

  • Anemia
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
  • Fibroids
  • Acne
  • Arthritis
  • Gray Hair
  • Constipation
  • Low Energy
  • Hot Flashes
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Nose Bleeds
  • Weight Loss
  • Sugar Cravings

Obviously, there is great variety in the types of conditions that benefit from the use of blackstrap molasses.

Pubmed reports on a study that made connections between nutritional deficiencies and cancer.  According to the article, "Cancer: a single disease with a multitude of manifestations?" research found that:

"Blackstrap molasses, its most concentrated form, was used for the therapy of a variety of diseases, including cancer. Anecdotal evidence suggests that cancer was very rare among sugar cane plantation workers who were regularly consuming the raw brown sugar. Blackstrap molasses is rich in a variety of essential minerals including iron, zinc, selenium, magnesium and potassium as well as the majority of the vitamin B complex, deficiencies of which confer a major cancer risk. Molasses also contains high concentrations of amino acids and linoleic acid, an essential lipid that has a documented anti-tumor effect." 1

Nutrients in Blackstrap Molasses

While the exact amount of each nutrient varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, most brands contain at least some of each of the following nutrients:

  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium
  • Phosphorus
  • Zinc
  • Manganese
  • Selenium
  • Pantothenic Acid
  • Thiamine (Vitamin B-1)
  • Vitamin B-2
  • Niacine (Vitamin B-3) 
  • Vitamin B-6

As you can see, blackstrap molasses is a nutrient dense food. Additionally, when vitamins are taken in a food product instead of a pill, they are more likely to be assimilated into the body.

Daily Dosage

A typical daily dose of blackstrap molasses is 1 tablespoon. However, some will find even a teaspoon or two each day provides some extra energy and nutrition. Diabetics or those with blood sugar issues should start with no more than 1 teaspoon at a time to avoid the risk of unexpected blood sugar changes. After evaluating the effect of the blackstrap molasses, you can adjust the amount you take accordingly.


Some people love the taste of blackstrap molasses. Others need a bit of coaxing or creativity to enjoy their daily dose of blackstrap. Blackstrap molasses can be taken right off the spoon. It can be added to coffee or tea as a sweetener. It does add sweetness along with its robust flavor. Some find it downright delicious mixed with milk.

Earth Clinic's Iced Molasses Recipe

  • 1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
  • Hot water
  • 3/4 cup milk or dairy alternative
  • Ice
  • 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.  Avoiding milk? Try vanilla or chocolate almond, coconut or soy milk. Blending the entire concoction is especially wonderful.

Banana Blackstrap Breakfast Smoothie

  • 1 frozen ripe banana
  • 1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
  • 1/2 tablespoon raw cacoa powder
  • 1 cup milk, yogurt or kefir
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds for some extra protein and energy

If you are taking blackstrap molasses for anemia, do take some vitamin c around the same time. The vitamin c will help the body to absorb the needed iron.

Side Effects from Blackstrap Molasses

Reported side effects from blackstrap molasses include increase in blood sugar and diarrhea and stomach cramps. To avoid the risk of side effects, start with a teaspoon each day and work your way up to a tablespoon a day if you like.

Have you tried blackstrap molasses for your health? We would love to hear what you think of it!

Continue reading to find our reader experiences when they consumed blackstrap molasses for their ailments.

Related Links:

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Where to Buy Blackstrap Molasses

Acid Reflux

2 User Reviews
5 star (2) 

Posted by Sweet Cales (Bridgetown) on 06/07/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I used to suffer from acid reflux then I found out about using blackstrap molasses and baking soda that did wonders for me thank God that was years ago don't have any reflux anymore but still use the molasses sometimes because of its benefit.

The thing is I knew about molasses long before because I use to give to the animals, chickens and pigs I had, healthy animals but at that time did not know it was even better for humans.

Acid Reflux
Posted by Kita (Detroit, Michigan) on 08/19/2007
5 out of 5 stars

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.


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3 star (1) 

Posted by Moogs (La, Usa) on 02/03/2013
3 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Keymah Yashaahla

Try squeezing fresh lemon juice (half or whole) with your blackstrap and a hint of cayenne red pepper. I use this everyday with other ingredients such as; turmeric, apple cider vinegar, black pepper and honey (optional). Love this drink. I do this every morning before eating or drinking anything else.

Posted by Kristen (St. Peters, Mo) on 05/07/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Organic BlackStrap Molasses
(2 Tbl's per day - one in coffee, one with EARTH CLINIC'S ICED MOLASSES RECIPE)

37 years old, have been plagued with oily, cloggable skin my entire adult life, antibiotics make me feel sick so I won't take them. Within 2 hours of first tbl spoon I percieved changing skin (flushed, drier) within 2 days (4 Tbls)no new acne and quickly healing. I think I can go without any makeup already! IS AMAZING!!

Replied by Sandy
(Il, US)

For Kristen the oily skin has improved, does that mean BSM is not good for dry skin? Can somebody please tell me? I have issues like digestive problems, (specially in winters because it is so cold here that I can not go for walk during winter and it really effects me both mentally and physically), keep burping all the time if I eat something with skin like soy beans or kidney beans. Need help.

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Sandy,

Often herbs and foods have a normalizing effect. So, Blackstrap helped someone with oily skin, but it doesn't necessarily mean it will make dry skin worse. For examle Cayenne pepper is good to help bleeding stop, but it also can help to increase circulation.

I have had only good results myself when using Blackstrap for a variety of things in my family.

Have you tried Castor Oil for your dry skin? I use it at night on my face and love it. One of my sons has very dry hands and it works for him, too. Drinking plenty of water will help to keep cells hydrated, also.

~Mama to Many~

Posted by JEM (Fort Worth, TX) on 02/15/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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
5 out of 5 stars

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 Nathan
(Vung Tau, Ho Chi Minh City)

Update: Since experimenting with other possibilities, I find that Aloe Vera works well at night, and Blackstrap Molasses in the morning. Raw Aloe works best. One or two tablespoons should be all you need. A perfect cure!

Replied by Meron

How in the world can you take two tablespoons? Wow I wish!! I tried half a teaspoon in hot chocolate and it still makes me gag, first time I tried BSM I took it straight, 1Tbs and I was vomiting all night😳

Replied by Jt

Meron, I am guessing it's one of those flavors that some automatically like and others cannot stand (and all areas in between). The first time I had a tbsp. of BSM I was amazed at the flavor...and then instead of taking a tbsp. when I dosed with it I just drank it straight from the little bottle I bought; I LOVE the flavor of BSM.

Posted by Anonymous (USA)
5 out of 5 stars

2 teaspoons of black strap molasses with one teaspoon of sulphur once or twice daily to cleanse the blood. Skin eruptions may increase initially -- an indication that the blood is being cleansed.

Replied by Alice
(Whitestone, New York/usa)
0 out of 5 stars

aahh.... Thank you for that. I recently read how wonderful blackstrap molasses is for you but I noticed that I started breaking out. Wasn't sure if it was or could even be the molasses but that was the only new thing I added to my diet. So I stopped for a couple of days and no breakouts. Had two teaspoons yesterday and today another breakout. I'm 51 and should have acne. So should I just keep with it? And how long should it take before the acne stops?

Replied by Liz
(Boston, Massachusetts)

I would stick with it because it will likely pass. I am almost the same age as you and was never acne-prone, not even in my youth. I don't think I've had even one random pimple in over 20 years.

About two or three days into taking BSM, I woke to find a small whitehead on my cheek. I thought 'What the... ?? A ZIT??' Then it hit me - molasses. :)

That was close to a year ago. I've never had one since.


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Posted by Maria (Tampa, Florida) on 03/01/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I had low iron for quite some time and I was beginning to get concerned because every time I tested, my levels would be lower than the prior test. I read about blackstrap molasses and gave it a try. In only two months of taking 1/2 a teaspoon of molasses mixed in warm water daily, here are my test results. Ferritin shot up from 19 to 48 and Iron shot up from 50 to 129! I'm so excited and wanted to share my results.

Posted by Cory (Hamilton, Mt) on 06/05/2015
5 out of 5 stars

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 Vonita

You're killing yourself slowly by using a microwave. The sugars in all your ingredients can burn at the molecular level and cause more harm than good. If you like this preparation warm take the time to warm it slowly on a little pot or a Teflon free frying pan.

Replied by Suzie

You're right about the microwave. I got rid of all mine (3) years ago after reading about how it was changing all food at the molecular level.

Replied by Cynthia

I also reckon that microwaves are the cause of cancer. I remember when microwaves came on the market there was a massive increase of cancer. I have never had a microwave and won't have one. My brother got rid of his and my neighbour has just biffed his out . We all have benchtop ovens and they are fantastic!!!

Replied by Kelly

Vonita's comment that 'You're killing yourself slowly by using a microwave', along with the others speculations are simply not true. Many studies have shown no difference between cooking, and especially reheating foods in a microwave, compared with other methods.

Here's just one of many studies:


Posted by Jules (Canada) on 05/31/2015

Hi, can anyone please let me know how much Blackstrap Molasses one is supposed to take for anemia? Thanks!

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Jules, personally, I took a Tablespoon twice a day, at the beginning. Later I tapered down to a Tablespoon once a day, and now, for maintenance, I take it once or twice a week.

Replied by Dave
(Fountain Inn, Sc)

Hello Jules,

When I think I need Blackstrap Molasses, I take a tablespoon a day. I have to drink water immediately to wash it down! Some people warm a cup of water and dissolve the BSM in that and drink like a tea.

Posted by Arn (Kenmore, Wa.) on 01/29/2013 17 posts
5 out of 5 stars

We need to understand the difference between elemental iron and organic iron. The reduced iron in your breakfast cereal and enriched flour is nothing more than iron filings. An anemic friend got a prescription from her doc that was nothing more than powdered rust in glycerine. Elemental iron actually causes pernicious anemia, according to the PDR. It's the inorganic iron that builds up in your system and acts as a free radical.

In contrast, the iron compounds in molasses are in an organic form compounded by the plant to be useful to living things, and safe. I wouldn't worry about overdosing on molasses.

By the way, molasses is a superfood indeed. They start with a field of plants, remove the water, fiber, sugar, and what's left is concentrated organic minerals! If such a thing were formulated in a lab it would be ridiculously expensive. But here it is, dirt cheap and delicious.

Replied by Kelly

"By the way, molasses is a superfood indeed. They start with a field of plants, remove the water, fiber, sugar, and what's left is concentrated organic minerals! "

Again, with all due respect, this is simply incorrect information that can be confirmed by doing a simple google search. The water, sugar, and even small amounts of fiber aren't "removed" -- molasses has a moderate sugar content and thus a glycemic index of 55, compared to say, meat, which has a glycemic index of 0.

While the sugar content is less than 'sugar', it's definitely in there.

Posted by Claudia (Orange, Ca/usa) on 10/23/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Don't try this at home, but... Back in the early '80's I was expecting my 5th and 6th children (twins). In my fourth month my blood work came back with the iron a little low. My ob-gyn gave me a RX for some iron pills. I went home and started a regimen of 4-6 tbl. of unsulphered black strap molasses and didn't fill the RX. The next week the doc said, "Boy, those iron pills really work! " My iron levels were good throughout my pregnancy (had healthy babies) and I kept up the daily dose of molasses.

Replied by Tonya

How are you consuming the molasses? I've put a tbsp in distilled water but doesn't taste the greatest.

EC: You will find a number of recipes that can make taking your blackstrap molasses more palatable on this page

Replied by Marilyn

When I was a child, my Dad and I would have couple of tablespoons of molasses in a bowl with a couple tsp of carnation evaporated milk and eat it with some toast.Taste great, and I still eat it that way today and I am 74 years old, with no pain anywhere in my body..One of my children eats it that way also.

Replied by Robert Henry
(Ten Mile, Tn)

MARILYN,,,,,,, I'm sure you are aware that molasses and Black Strap Molasses are two different syrups. The Black Strap Molasses has gone through 3 different boilings and contains a far greater amount of nutrients, especially iron.

My PT instructor was not aware of that. She is low on iron, but the prescription causes her stomach pain. Thus, she did did not address her deficiency until I told her about BSM.

I think some of this site did not realize the difference in molasses and BSM.


Replied by Marilyn
(Northern Calif)

Yes, I know that..Back in the sixties I read a book called "Back to Eden" and I cured my sinus problems with Vit C and also only bought BSM, because I like it, it reminded me of my Dad.

Replied by Robert Henry
(Ten Mile , Tn)

MARILYN,,,,,,, did organic gardening back in the 70's and it was very labor intensive and I gave up on that chore. Watched the Garden of Eden video that you mentioned and got pumped again. I have access to lots of chips.


Since we only plant half of our 100' X 100' garden, I'm going to take the half we don't plant and do the Garden of Eden thing. Glad we got to know one another. As the ole saying goes, you are never too old to learn a new trick.

I thank you. ======ORH=======

Replied by Marilyn
(Northern Calif)

Hi Robert, I read a book called "Back to Eden", didn't know about the video, will check it out... Thanks for the info.. I have being growing stuff for years, and clay can be little work, but I enjoy it..When I was about twenty and working in a hosp in northern Canada I met a military guy who told me if I held my stomach in while I took care of patients, or just walking around I would never have back problems, so I did/do and so yard work is no problem. TYG for Earthclinic.. Marilyn

Replied by Heidy

Hi, how did you cure your sinus with Vit C?

Replied by Marilyn
(Northern Calif)

In the early seventies I read a book by Dr Linus Pauling about Vit. C .and at the time I tried steam and or aspirin for the pain. I started taking 500 units of vit .C in the morning before work and them in the evening every day until I started to feel better.I up it to a couple thousand units every day and instead of getting a sinus infection every couple of months it would be every 6 months and it finally went away completely.I haven'y had a sinus infection in 40 years..I still take Vit. C nearly every day..Marilyn_TYG

Replied by Marilyn
(Northern Calif)

It should read 500 mg of Vit c, not 500 units of vit c,, sorry for the error. Marilyn

Replied by Debbie
(Okanogan, Washington)

I love it in milk too, I used to take a tablespoon and then drank water to wash it down, then I tried a tablespoon in a glass of milk sooooo yummy they say it's good to take before bed and now I have real vivid dreams. Make sure to take a vit c with, helps your body to absorb Happy BSM

Posted by Dee (Atlanta, Georgia) on 08/16/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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
5 out of 5 stars

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 Jeanette (Ripley, Ms, USA) on 11/18/2009
5 out of 5 stars

For the past several months, my mother has had to have 1 to 2 units of blood every week. She started eating blackstrap molasses and has not had to have any blood in the last 18 days. She has her blood count checked every Monday and Thursday. Since she has started eating the molasses, her blood count has gone up each time she has been tested.

My question is "Does the molasses thicken her blood?" Because if it does, her chance of having a stroke is going up. By the way, there is nothing wrong with her blood. She is just losing blood through her bowels.

Replied by Peter Evans

No, blackstrap molasses thins the blood and dissolves blood clots.