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Blackstrap: The Healthy Molasses May 24, 2011

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Blackstrap molasses for your health

Up until the late 19th century, blackstrap molasses was a staple sweetener, as white refined sugar was rare and very expensive. Then for decades it was generally unused until people became interested in controlling their diets and overall health. The health benefits of blackstrap molasses have been numerous but widely unknown.

It is the concentrated byproduct of two boilings of sugar cane as it is refined into table sugar, then boiled a third time. It is very dark and thick. Unlike sugar, it contains significant amounts of minerals, most notably manganese, copper, iron and calcium, but also potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6, and selenium.

The first health benefits you will notice are an increase in energy (within 20 minutes) and iron count in the blood. Many people who suffer from anemia have been cured when iron pills had no effect, it decreases length and severity of menstruation, and can prevent or aid treatment of uterine fibroids. Additional health benefits have included relief from: acne, arthritis, anxiety, eczema and psoriasis, constipation, canker sores, nose bleeds, swollen extremities due to poor circulation, and even terminal cancer according to many testimonials and the book Crude Black Molasses by Cyril Scott. Instead of gray, new hair will grow in darker due to the copper. Skin will appear radiant. Ancient Egyptians used this as a cure for consumption (tuberculosis), and some veterinarians report that it has cured tumors in dogs and is helpful in many ways for horses and cows.

Important to note:

  • Purchase blackstrap molasses organic and unsulfured. Check the label to verify copper content. Do not confuse with sweet dark molasses.
  • Note the dosage as it is very possible to get too much iron or calcium.

How to take blackstrap molasses:

For optimum benefit, take 1-2 tablespoons every day. It is a great coffee or chai tea sweetener, and very tasty in a class of cold or warm milk. Take with a meal and add it to a morning smoothie or oatmeal, spread on toast or biscuits. It is often added to baked beans and, of course, gingerbread. Some people like to mix it with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm water to aid in the absorption of the minerals and burn fat cells. Together they pack a ton of energy. Blackstrap molasses can be substituted when a recipe calls for regular molasses or sugar, but there are some recipes which call for it specifically on Cooks.com, and epicurious.com.

Warnings:

  • Check with your doctor before taking blackstrap molasses on a regular basis.
  • There are many reasons for anemia to develop, and it is not always due to low iron.
  • People of Mediterranean descent who suffer from thalassemia can be more effectively treated with chlorophyll than blackstrap molasses.
  • There will be a notable spike in your blood sugar level.
  • Every body will react differently and some cannot tolerate it. There may be undesired effects (such as new hair growing in with a greenish tint, a sign of too much iron). Stop taking blackstrap molasses if you experience any unwanted side effects.
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1. Christine - June 1, 2011

This is a great post – I had heard that blackstrap molasses had health benefits, just never saw anything written about it. Awesome!

Following you now!

acroanmph - June 3, 2011

Thank you for reading and following me, Christine. I was so amazed by the many benefits of this, just had to let people know!

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3. Janice Flahiff - October 24, 2012

I used to put molasses into my coffee..now I think I’ll get back to it, with blackstrap. Thank you Amy.

acroanmph - October 24, 2012

Had to special order it here. My store ordered one bottle of blackstrap for me and it didn’t come in right away. It was 6 months before I was there again and thought to look and there was the one bottle on the shelf. Hoping more people realize its wonders for health. You’re right – great in coffee! I also used it today in a Pumpkin Gingerbread recipe – mmmmm.

4. Meg - March 16, 2013

Hi,

What a great post on Blackstrap Molasses.

I have been using Bragg ACV for about a year now, initially to control my weight, then as I learned more about it, for uterine fibroids and my heavy menstrual flow and pain in my joints. It really has worked wonders for me but once I started reading more about it, I found that adding blackstrap molasses would help even more with my heavy menstrual flow and anemia. It helped with that almost immediately. I am peri menopausal approaching the fifties, and these natural wonders have done so much for me. I also add a little baking soda to my concoction, as it’s supposed to help my body stay alkaline. If you have trouble getting the right kind of molasses or ACV, you can get it from this website: http://www.doyoueveinstitute.com

5. Chi - March 19, 2013

Why not sulfured molasses?
Fundamental sulfur is about 1/3 of the body’s building blocks and operating chemistry.
Is the KIND of sulfur used in some molasses, the wrong kind?
How?

acroanmph - March 19, 2013

Interesting question! Sulfur dioxide is added to young, green sugarcane as a preservative. Molasses made from mature sugarcane is often unsulfured. Unsulfured molasses may have a lighter, cleaner sugar flavor and is generally preferred. Blackstrap molasses when combined with sulfur acts as a laxative.

6. melissa - May 13, 2013

really gross with coconut oil and hot water (recommended by a coworker….) actually made me gag.

7. joy - November 18, 2013

i love the information in detail about how to use unsulphured blackstrap molasses for fibroids, heavy bleeding. I do have one concern can it make some bleed more by taking the wrong dose days. bc i took less and it was pretty heavy for two days, i don’t take it while am on bc of reading some bleed more

8. joy - November 18, 2013

i would like to add i had alot less floaters n clouds in my eyes. Before taking acv.with the “mother” for about two month now. And my heavy bleeding n clots was cut in half i could leave the house even work i then added th bsm just alittle 1/8teaspoon to 1teaspoon once to twice aday and now my flow was heavy does any body know what happen? I really need bsm for the iron, m


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