Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Molasses Tips
- Nutritional Comparison of Molasses Brands
- Acid Reflux
- Arthritic Pain
- Blackstrap Molasses And High Iron Levels
- Blackstrap Molasses in Capsules
- Blood Count Increase
- Canker Sores
- Carpal Tunnel
- Fruit Trees
- General Feedback
- Gray Hair
- Heart Health
- Hot Flashes
- Immune System
- Iron Content
- Low Iron Count
- Menstrual Issues
- Molasses Book Reviews
- Molasses Daily Dosages
- Molasses Recipes
- Molasses Side Effects
- Molasses Vs. Demerara Sugar
- Multiple Cures
- Nose Bleeds
- Nutritional Value
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Side Effects
- Skin Rashes
- Sleep Issues
- Stomach Pain
- Sugar Cravings
- Sugar Substitute
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Uterine Polyp
- Weight Loss
- Where to Buy Molasses
01/23/2012: Jlynn from Broken Arrow, Ok: "I crave mints too!! I started about a year ago and could never figure it out. I also have been having very heavy periods...... I'm wondering if I'm low on iron. I have just started taking BSM. I hope it works. I would love NOT..."
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[YEA] 04/13/2008: Shelly from Billings, Montana: "I have been anemic all of my life. I was born with it. After a recent blood test revealed my level being at 9 points, my physician insisted on having me eat an iron fortified cereal each day. When I suggested black strap molasses, he laughed and said it would only make me sick. I decided to go with BSM after reading up on it's nutrients. Nothing against cereal, but I'm not a big cereal eater. After taking in 2 tablespoons of BSM for a month, my level went from 9 points to 11. I stopped feeling tired, having rapid heart beats, and slept better. Oh and another benefit to this? Lighter period and less cramping. My doctor could not believe that BSM raised my level. To note: I used unsulphered BSM."Replies
02/12/2010: Victor from Hartford, Wi replies: "Just a note to anyone who is experiencing difficulty with anemia, my wife was also having this problem anytime she tried to donate blood. Being an avid reader on the internet I found a article that vitamin C will assist in the absorption of iron, my suggestion to her was to eat a handful of raisins, and take vitamin C before giving blood. Results were no more iron deficiency when giving blood."
09/09/2010: Su from Durban, South Africa replies: "BSM unsulphured- I have read that its dark in colour and does not have a pleasant taste- I recently purchased the above and it has the colour and delicious taste of golden syrup? - is this the correct one? I want to take BSM to increase my iron count."
09/10/2010: Eve K In Houston from Houston, Texas replies: "Unsulphured BSM is very dark, and very thick. The taste is not unpleasant (for me)--I mix it with my coffee instead of sugar and find it to be delicious."
09/11/2010: Haycee from Gauteng, SA replies: "Sounds like you've bought 'sweet' molasses. Blackstrap is sold at health stores and several supermarkets in SA and is clearly labelled blackstrap molasses. If EC will allow me to name brands, here are two: Vital and Nature's Choice. The taste of blackstrap is indeed much more robust than sweet molasses (and the colour is black rather than amber) but you can mix the two initially to get used to the taste of blackstrap. I find blackstrap very acceptable in a cup of hot/cold milk."
09/13/2010: Su from Durban, Kzn, South Africa replies: "Thanks for the replies Eve and Haycee. @Haycee- the brand I purchased is "Naturmade" from Dischem and it does say Blackstrap Molasses on the label. I've checked health stores and supermarkets and they do carry the Vital brand but the label just says "Molasses". I have also come across crude black molasses- is this another name for blackstrap? thanks. In the meantime I'll search for the natures choice brand"
08/02/2011: Galaxy from Anywhere replies: "Having read a lot about blackstrap molasses, I searched many shops here where I live, and finally in one shop got 'molasses' from sugar cane. I don't think it is 'blakstrap' molasses. Does any one know where can I get 'blackstrap' molasses in Saudi Arabia?
And my more important Question is, can molasses also help in curing my anemia and restoring hair color, the way blackstrap molasses does ? Can molasses be used instead of blackstrap molasses as I have now started to believe it is not available in Saudi Arabia : ("
08/03/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "I have never found blackstrap molasses here in France either so I use the normal molasses you can buy in health food shops or pharmacies, I think it is the same thing. The same goes for Switzerland and Germany which are close to France. I think it is just a difference in name."
08/03/2011: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Francisca, here in a European country, I get the molasses, the really black stuff (the brown stuff is not the real thing): it says: "melasse de sucre de canne, biologique" "zoute stroop" from the company called HORIZON Natuurvoeding BV. Postbus 77,3400 AB IJsselstein, Holland. (I copied that off the jar). It is a jar of 450 gr. And costs here 3.20 euros. A tablespoon a day is what got my iron count up to normal."
08/04/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Mmsg, that is exactly what I meant! Here in Europe one only finds Molasses, at least in the countries around where I live and in Holland as well as I go there regularly because my three daughters live there. I will have a look in Britain when I am there but anyway, the molasses you buy here must be the very same thing, very dark and tastes terrible!"
08/04/2011: Janet from Kendal, U.k replies: "I believe they are the same thing we do have both available. But yes I think it tastes awful too.!! Lol.:)"
08/04/2011: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Francisca, when I was in the States, the Brer Rabbit Blackstrap Molasses tasted even worse! I take the Horizon stuff in a half a glass of hot water, stir to melt it, then add my milk substitute (bio-soy) and Voila! My version of cafe!!"
08/04/2011: Maria from Gippsland, Australia replies: "Blackstrap molasses is what is left after the third time sugar crystals have been removed from the sugarcane juice. I have never heard blackstrap molasses used in reference to sugar beets only to sugarcane. So could it be that molasses is made from sugarbeets as opposed to sugarcane?"
08/16/2011: Dee from Atlanta, Georgia replies: "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. In the past, I have purchased it from the grocery store however, they no longer carry it so I now order it from FoodServiceDirect.com. It really does work better than any other blackstrap molasses that I have tried."
12/07/2011: Diana from Ajax, Ont, Canada replies: "Oh my god I went to that website food service direct and they are charging 90.00 dollars for a organic molasses now that is a big rip off... I hope people are not paying that much for it... I bought mine for 7.00 canadian dollars at the super market..."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 11/24/2007: Kim from Philadelphia, PA: "About 6 months ago I found out I had very low iron levels (they were at a 7 and I think normal is a 12) The DR. put me on iron pills twice daily which did help. Than I read about the BSM and started taking it about a week or so ago instead of the iron pills. At first I thought it made me feel better and energized but now I am starting to notice some of my old symtoms coming back again like dizzy spells at night and just an overall strange feeling. I'm kind of concerned too because I read on another site that BSM really has no benefits at all and that was on rawfoodexplained.com I was just wondering if anyone knows if there is any truth to the article or not. I will be getting my iron levels checked soon and will find out if it is actually working or not."Replies
02/17/2009: Karen from Frankfort, Ky replies: "This is a reply to Kim from Philly: I have also been to the www.rawfoodexplained.com site to see what they said about BSM. I truly thought that they would give you honest info about BSM, I don't know if they honestly think that way about BSM. Maybe they just really have found bad info on it. Idon't think so though.
I have found many sites out there trying to act like they are really helping you know the truth about natural remedies, whether good or bad. But I have also found most of them are sponsored or paid off by pharmaceutical companies to try to get people to second guess these natural remedies. I read a lot of the articles from that site, and honest to goodness I believe they are really trying to blind people to any goodness of a natural remedy. Usually when nothing is good enough (as in this site) then they are not giving you the truth. there is no way that this is not a biased site.
Hope this helps. ~Karen"
EC: Here is the section Karen and Kim are referring to: http://www.rawfoodexplained.com/junk-foods-molasses/
11/10/2009: Littlevampire from Princeton, Nj, Usa replies: "The raw food movement would reject molasses because it isn't a raw food (it's a cooked by-product of sugar processing), hence doesn't follow the raw foodist's definition of "food".
If you're a raw vegan (more appropriate than raw foodist), than molasses--blackstrap or otherwise--is not for you."
[YEA] 09/28/2007: Nicole from Los Angeles, CA: "I am a huge fan of BSM. I have used it to help alleviate symptoms from anemia and it really works. Recently, I had a weird thing happen where I was feeling slightly nauseated after consuming even small amounts of sugar. I switched from drinking my customary one cup of coffee to a cup of English tea sweetened with BSM and some half & half. The nausea disappeared and on top of that I feel like I am burning 'cleaner' energy- if you will. Maybe it's the minerals. Give it a try- it's great!"
[YEA] 06/04/2007: Katy from Astoria, Oregon: "Molasses (Remedy): Molasses is packed with iron and other nutrients. I have a large fibroid and have been losing lots of blood during period, this caused my iron deficiency! I was diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia and was not craving ice like many of the other writers, but was eating tons of MINTS. Ice craving, I have read many times, is associated with iron deficiency! It's actually called "Pica," or a craving for unusual substances without nutritional value. People often eat dirt as well. I noticed that when I ate molasses as well as started an iron supplement along with my usual multivitamin, my mint craving went away. I see that people say their ice craving went away after taking molasses and that made me want to mention the link with iron deficiency and this strange craving! Thanks, Katy."Replies
08/22/2008: George from Rockford, Michigan,USA replies: "In response to Kati,Traverse City,Mi. Blackstrao molasses was selling at Gordon Foods of Grand Rapids, MI. (and also at Traverse City) at $7.99 a gallon. Date of puirchase was 08/21/08."
06/22/2011: Lily from Brooklyn, New York replies: "To Katy from Astoria Oregon: You're the first person I've heard that mentioned a craving for MINTS. This was me for about a year. I was addicted to mints, the stronger the better. I loved trying different brands of mints, purchased several packages so that I'd always have a supply. Altoids, Fisherman's, Asian herbal mints. And so your excerpt explains it!
I've been living with anemia for about 3 yrs, and learned about fibroids a month ago. Learned about BSM a week ago! When I started taking the iron supplements, the craving for mints stopped also. thanks for your message."
01/23/2012: Jlynn from Broken Arrow, Ok replies: "I crave mints too!! I started about a year ago and could never figure it out. I also have been having very heavy periods...... I'm wondering if I'm low on iron. I have just started taking BSM. I hope it works. I would love NOT to crave mints!"
[YEA] 05/05/2007: Maria from Houston, Texas: "I was suffering for years with anemia and I had even been let go from my job due to the fact that I could not keep my strength up. I had been told by several doctors that my multiple fibroids required a hysterectomy. I had no tolerance for ANY type of iron supplement. I was steadily getting worse. One doctor even gave up treating me. When that happened I was greatly distressed. I began to recall an island friend telling me that I needed to take blackstrap molasses. So I began using it and lo and behold I improved immediately. My blood count went up from 6 to 7.8 in one month. I now am going through menopause and have found that it helps even with that. I love it and tell everyone about it. My husband takes it daily. I also have no more symptoms of anemia and fibroid issues. I take it now for the calcium and other minerals that are great for menopause troubles."
[YEA] 04/27/2007: Misty from Harrisonville, Missouri: "Hello, I have written before about the blackstrap molasses offering an idea on how to drink it. I have been fighting a fibroid tumor for a long time now and began several months ago with the molasses. I just had a sono yesterday and there was no change with my tumor. I did however notice some great changes when I began the molasses. It did get rid of my anemic symptoms, it will keep you regular and I think if you include this in your daily diet it may help to prevent fibroid tumors from forming, or help shrink small tumors when caught early enough. I think over all my health has improved greatly since I began eating at home and avoid eating out as much as possible. Coconut oil is great for the skin I can't live without it. I like the A.C.V. it does work great external and can help you loose weight, but I don't think it is the miracle cure for weight loss. I still have to eat healthier and get active or the weight will remain the same or I will gain. Pretty much everything I have tried so far on this site I have had great results with. Be healthy and God Bless."Replies
05/21/2008: Starla from Atlanta, Georgia replies: "I read your response concerning anemia. What is A.C.V that you referred to? Please advise."
EC: ACV = Apple Cider Vinegar
02/12/2010: Miriam from Prague, Czech Republic replies: "As an alternative to having your uterus removed to deal with fibroid(s) look into Embolization. To date, one year after the surgery, it has worked for me. Blackstrap molasses has also been an effective and affordable means to keep my iron level balanced."
08/06/2011: Rasha from Pune, Maharashtra, India replies: "Is it ok to take Blackstrap molasses in close vicnity of Apple Cider Vinegar, that is, within 15-30 minutes of each other? Will ACV hinder absorption of iron & other minerals from the molasses ?"
[YEA] 03/28/2007: Wikid Willow from Naples, USA: "I had SEVERE anemia after the birth of my son 29 years ago... Was already on prenatal vitamins with lots of iron. The Dr. suggested Black Strap molasses, and after the intial tast encounter, learned to LOVE it. My anemia went away and I felt better than I had in years. Great news, yes? Well, where do I find Black Strap molasses now... there is dark, etc., but I never see Black Strap! I really need to locate a source of it because my father is having some serious troubles... I think that since modern medicine cannot find or do anything for him, and based on what is happening (he is slipping away) that Black Strap cannot hurt... PLEASE HELP! Thanks, Willow"Replies
01/10/2009: Rebekah from Beaumont, Texas replies: "Blackstrap Molasses. I was able to locate blackstrap molasses at a health food store called Basic Foods here in beaumont. If you don't have a health food store alot of big name grocery stores have health food sections where you might find it. The other option is the internet or ebay."
07/12/2009: Candy from Houston, Texas replies: "Wow its great to see someone from Beaumont Texas on here! I am from that area and will stop in when I am down there..I have had problems from fibroids/anemia etc. Thanks for the info!"
[YEA] 03/10/2007: Connie from Rochester, NY: "I have always had heavy periods, and had a fibroid tumor removed several years ago. I was anemic often as a teenager, but couldn't stomach any iron pills. Now as a 40-year-old woman, I'm starting to become "normal" in terms of menstrual flow, but often feel weak and fatigued. I had my thyroid checked, but that turned out to be okay. I then figured I was probably lacking iron. I remembered reading somewhere that blackstrap molasses was high in iron. I bought an inexpensive bottle ($2.79) of House of Herbs blackstrap molasses and was quite impressed to see that one tablespoon contains 70% of the RDA for iron. For the past two months, I've been adding a tablespoon to my coffee every morning in place of sugar. It tastes great, and I haven't felt tired or drained. I see here from others' comments that molasses is also a good remedy for constipation (which had also frequently plagued me, despite my high-fiber diet and increased intake of water), and thinking back over the past several weeks, I realize that I haven't been constipated. Great to know that it works that way, too!"Replies
10/12/2008: Wenonah from Jefferson, OH replies: "I have seen several people mention House of Herbs blackstrap molasses. This is reported by users to have 70%RDA of iron. I have tried 3 House of Herb sites, including one in the UK, and none sell the molasses. Could someone give me a link to this molasses source?"
07/24/2009: Fyreseer from Madison, AL replies: "I get the stuff at my locally-owned grocery. The jar doesn't have a website, nor have I found a company website (although I didn't do much searching). However, the company can be contacted at House of Herbs 38 Ann St. Passaic, NJ If you do a web search for this, you can get phone numbers and such, as well."
09/28/2009: Dianne from Kuwait City, Kuwait replies: "YOU CAN ORDER HOUSE OF HERBS BLACKSTRAP MOLASSES AT groceries-express.com SHIPPING IS EXPENSIVE BUT IT'S WORTH IT!"
10/18/2009: Bethe from Houston, Tx replies: "You can also find this product at HEB in the Houston area."
06/05/2010: Krystal from Dimondale, Mi replies: "I found house of herbs bsm at meijer in michigan, it was only 2.49."
[YEA] 02/27/2007: Averell from Fort Washington, Maryland: "Being extremely weak and anemic from my monthly cycle. I decided to try black strap molasses. I put a Tbs. in my green tea several times a day. I feel so much better, not weak,faint or light headed.My husband even got into it and he said it gave him energy. The doctor who lives next door recommended Floridine from the Natural Health Food Store, it smells and tastes just like molasses only more expensive. I wish I would have found the benefits of molasses a long time ago. I remember my mom used to have some in her kitchen cabinet and put it in baked beans."Replies
02/20/2011: Bambi from Bonfield, On Canada replies: "I have been reading about iron because I'm not into meat... But I read you and your husband are mixing the black strap with tea.... There are beverages that block iron absortion and tea-coffee-milk are some of the drinks. So you might want to change that to reap the full benefits..."
[YEA] 02/01/2007: Debbi from Greenwich, CT: "I became very anemic last year almost to the point of having an endometrial ablation and blood transfusions! I took my health into my own hands and did lots of research. Blackstrap molasses (unsulfured) restored my iron levels and my energy! I still take it everyday!"Replies
02/25/2012: Sara from Lake Hughes, Ca replies: "When using blackstrap molasses, don't take it with coffee or tea as they can inhibit the absorption of iron and calcium."
[YEA] 12/13/2006: Krystal from Memphis, TN: "I have been anemic all my life. When I decided to change my eating habits and study herbalism, I came across a book that talked about how black strap molasses could shrink tumors and how high it was in iron. I use to have the ice cravings but no more. For the first time in my life I am not anemic. My mother was very surprised and has started using the product for herself. It works! I am living proof; if you're anemic, take 1 tablespoon each morning in a half cup of warm water and it will do the trick! Nature is a wonderful thing!"
[YEA] 12/03/2006: Laurie from Los Angeles, CA: "I use Plantation Unsulphered blackstrap molasses. It cured anemia and increased my iron levels. Prior to taking molasses again, I used otc iron pills with minimal visible results. I now take two TBS daily of the molasses, and my iron levels rose. Although the molasses tastes different, it's better to take molasses now then chemo later in life."Replies
11/30/2010: Rebecca from Yuba City, Ca replies: "I just bought a bottle of Plantation Unsulphered BSM which you mentioned in your post. I planned to cook with it, but I don't know how much to use in a recipe compared to white or brown sugar. Would you happen to know? Thanks!"
[WARNING!] 11/07/2006: Carol from Pocatello, Idaho: "I work as a Nurse Practitioner in a hematology clinic. Please remember that not all patients with anemia have it because of low iron stores. Too much iron can have significant medical side effects. Therefore, I would recommend having your iron blood levels checked prior to starting any replacement iron, molasses, or other herbal products."Replies
07/23/2008: RT from Santa Ana, CA replies: "Too much of anything is not good, moderation is the key. However you should not try and scare people on this topic. Molasses is nutritionally dense food, and considering what kind of junk food people are overdosing on you shouldn't you be more concerned about warning people about that?
09/24/2008: Nita-Rose from Cincinnati, Oh replies: "I was considering Molasses as I had a friend that used it successfully for her arthritis. I appreciate the warning on the iron as I recently had a blood test as part of a normal physical check-up, and although I am very healthy, I have been warned not to take iron supplements and to give blood 3 times a year due to my body storing the iron. Therefore, it is kind to warn people as not everyone might be aware of having this condition. I certainly wasn't until recently."
04/20/2010: Saliza from San Jose, Ca replies: "I have been anemic for over 10 years after my last pregnancy. My doctors (I have several within these 10 years) asked me to take OTC iron supplements once a day for life. One of them even called me to go for blood transfusion. Not good at taking direction, I only took the supplement only once in a while when I felt too tired. I also declined the advice for blood transfusion. I thought my iron supply should be enough with the food I eat. Until recently, my latest doctor suggested that may be, just may be I was anemic not because of iron but something else. She sent me for a blood work, testing both the iron level and the genetic condition called "Thalassemia". Sure enough, my anemic condition is not because of iron, but because of Thalassemia. What is more - I am now overloaded with iron 3x the max amount. Luckily I did not religiously taking the supplement, otherwise my liver, heart and spleen would be severely damaged by now. Just thought to share my experience."
04/21/2010: Amanda from Hot Springs, Ar, Usa replies: "i just wanted to add that it is a disorder that affects people of mediterranean decent. my mother was Greek, and she, my sister and brother have it (the minor form), but like you said, IRON is very bad for these people."
04/22/2010: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Now I am confused, I am also of Mediterranean descent but although I never heard that we suffer more from anemia than anyone else (I would think that because we eat a lot of fish, meat and fresh vegetables we would suffer less from it....), I had a bit of anemia a long time ago and every time I was given iron. That was the main cure for anemia. Could you maybe explain further? Of course you shouldn't take iron if you don't need it, that goes without saying but if you are anemic as far as I know you lack iron."
04/22/2010: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "I just want to add that I was severely anemic throughout my childhood and had to go every couple of weeks for blood tests. It was a terrible experience especially for a child. Anyway, I was always taking iron supplements. So, why was there no real change? From my understanding, iron is very difficult for our bodies to integrate. Often, when women are pregnant they will be given iron supplements which then cause the woman constipation, along with all of her other issues that come with pregnancy!
Well, I have an interesting story. When I was pregnant with my first son, I was also selling these amazing vitamins for a small company. Simultaneously, my midwife checked my blood to find that I was severely anemic. She warned me that it was so severe she would not be willing to deliver my baby if this was not changed immediately. Well, the company I was selling for had run a contest for sales and I won which included a luncheon with the founder who was also a biochemist. He was a very sweet man and I told him my predicament because at the time I was a committed vegetarian. He told me the answer was simple. To take liquid chlorophyll which I could obtain from the health food store. He explained (in a simplified manner, I'm sure) that chlorophyll is the "blood" of plants and helps facilitate the building of our blood. I immediately went and got that and added it every morning to my smoothie. The next visit to my midwife was astounding. She looked at me, her eyes wide and smiling and asked what I'd done. My blood was absolutely fine. When I told her she was thrilled and so was I!
I have since given this advice to several people and the results have been the same. One was my husband's granny who at the time was well into her 80's and the drs. threatened to hospitalize her if they didn't see her red blood count go up. My mother-in-law at the time knew how much I studied alternative healing and asked my advice. She immediately put granny on chlorophyll and voila! the next visit the drs. were astounded and couldn't believe it. I asked my mother-in-law if she explained but she said she didn't feel comfortable doing that.
Anyway, if you have issues with anemia, consider chlorophyll instead of iron. Much easier on the body... Lisa"
04/22/2010: Amanda from Hot Springs, Ar, Usa replies: "i had all four of my children at home as well, and with every pregnancy that would be an issue for me. with the first one i did take chlorophyll, but i don't remember for how long or anything; so i need to try again because i am always anemic-my whole life. i was a vegetarian for a few years, too; sometimes vegan. in my case, that was not good for me; and it was when i was pregnant with my first child that i started to crave meat after being vegetarian for about 4 years, so i figured, i must need it.the interesting thing is that my daughter did a scan that i do not know how to explain, and i know i cannot put the name here, but the computer showed that she needed chlorophyll!"
04/22/2010: Amanda from Hot Springs, Ar, Usa replies: "just because you are from that background doesn't mean that is the type of anemia you have, i was just saying that this type of anemia is found in some people from those areas.
also, anemia can be from different deficiencies; iron, b12, folic acid, copper, etc."
04/22/2010: Tamara from Fort Collins, Colorado replies: "To Francisca, who was confused about anemia: Anemia is not a condition that means you are low in iron. Anemia is a decreased amount of red blood cells or hemoglobin in the blood. The hemoglobin carries oxygen from your lungs to your cells and if there is not enough hemoglobin, your cells do not receive enough oxygen. You will notice some people with anemia are really pale because the blood doesn't have enough oxygen. Iron is found in the hemoglobin, in fact, about 75 percent of the body's iron stores are contained in the hemoglobin.
The type of anemia that most people probably hear about is called hypochromic microcytic anemia (meaning low color and small size of hemoglobin) of which the most common cause is iron deficiency, hence the recommendation from doctors to take iron supplements. It is said that about 20% of women of child bearing age are anemic due to this type of anemia from the loss of blood from menses. Finding out your iron ferritin levels is a start to see if iron supplementation would work for you, however, oftentimes iron supplements do not work and are potentially dangerous. There are many, many other types of anemia and causes, like sickle cell anemia or the mal-absorption of other nutrients like B12/folic acid/copper, or hypothyroidism (a reason many people have cold hands is because oxygen is not being carried there). A treatment plan for anemia first consists of finding where the anemia stems from and then assessing how to best correct it. For instance, is it low iron counts or is it because the iron is not being absorbed properly or not used efficiently?
I absolutely stand behind food sources for iron rather than supplementation because of the whole package that a true, whole food presents. Nature has supplied us with little packages of nutrition that include many of the synthesizing minerals and vitamins that are needed to treat our bodies. For instance, for iron to be fully absorbed it needs the help of copper, B12, folic acid and vitamin C (probably among a few others). There are many sources in the plant food kingdom that have this potent combination, such as green leafy vegetables. Animal foods do, according to convention, have the most absorbability of iron, but in this day and age animal products come with so much baggage, that it wouldn't hurt to eat some more raw spinach or romaine lettuce anyway. My point is, anemia can be caused by things other than low iron counts, and even then, iron supplementation is not the only route to treat low iron (ugh and yuck). Lisa saw improvement with chlorophyll because it is nearly identical to hemoglobin as it is the blood of plants, and it shows that nature is here to help, without all of the binders and fillers that give us trouble like iron pills do. Always consult with your doctor or naturopath to find the true cause of your anemia and take control of your health with education and a little bit of diet intervention."
04/23/2010: Saliza from San Jose, Ca replies: "It would not hurt to have your doctors check for this condition if your anemic condition does not improve. Thalassemia affects both males and females. The condition causes the body to make fewer healthy red blood cells and less hemoglobin than normal. Hemoglobin is an iron-rich protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to all parts of the body. It also carries carbon dioxide from the body to the lungs. People who have thalassemias can have mild or severe anemia. This condition is caused by a lower than normal number of red blood cells or not enough hemoglobin in the red blood cells.
It occurs most often among people of Italian, Greek, Middle Eastern, Asian, and African descent.
It is good to know if you are a trait of Hemoglobin Alpha, Beta, or worse, so that you can find the right solution to your health problem.
Check National Heart Lung and Blood Institutes' website for more details. Oakland, CA also has a center dedicated for children having this condition."
[YEA] 10/11/2006: Kati from Traverse City, MI: "I am extremely Anemic, especially during that time of month. I have tried Iron pills and Iron efficient foods such as spinach, but nothing really helped. So I looked in a natural cure book and I found out that pure black strap molasses has a high Iron proficiency so I mixed two heaping tablespoons of molasses in a glass with 16 oz of cold milk. I drank this concoction once or twice a day. It gave me so much energy and I didn't feel so sluggish during that time of month. Plus This molasses drink tastes so good (Much better than taking it straight), and just as effective. the sad part is pure black strap molasses is kind of expensive so I am not able to take it all the time. I would appreciate it if someone knows where I could get pure molasses for a cheap price to post it on this site, as I visit it frequently to find different cures."Replies
07/09/2010: Me from Eastern, Wa replies: "I'm not sure where you're shopping but blackstrap is not THAT expensive. At my local health food store for 16oz. Wholesome Sweeteners Blackstrap Molasses it's $5. 95 before tax. After is about $6. 42, which comes out to 20 cents per measured tablespoon. I don't see what's expensive about that. If you take 2 tablespoons a day you're good for 16 days worth. I see there is Oryana Natural Foods Market in your town, I don't see why they wouldn't have it, if not ask and they can order it. Look here on earthclinic and decide which one has the most potassium and iron and the whole lot. Btw, I did what you did and stirred it in with some milk, except I used RAW milk. Get away from pasteurized milk, it's baaaad! Check out http://realmilk.com/where3.html#mi to see where to buy it in your area, if not, ASK your health food store."
[YEA] 07/10/2006: Loreeli from Brodhead, WI: "I have been extremely anemic most of my life. When I was pregnant they gave me the iron pills and they will constipate you and are not even a good source of iron. I got on the House of herbs black strap molasses and it made such a difference. It has 70% iron and I haven't found any other with such high content. I lost a baby and they wanted me to have a blood transfusion, but I didn't want to so instead to build my blood back up fast, I used the black strap molasses. I was recently diagnosed with degenerative disc disease and rheumatoid arthritis and am more anemic with the disease and recently I have been so fatigued and in reading about my disease and realizing I was just extremely anemic, I got the molasses out and instantly, I felt better in my head and had more energy. I have now ran out of it and have not been able to find the House of Herbs kind anywhere. This is why I got on here and if anybody can tell me where to order it, I would sure appreciate it. It is a life saver and the difference between feeling good and not. Thank you!"Replies
08/05/2009: Red7587 from Brooklyn, Ny replies: "the address for the house of herbs is Passaic, NJ 07055"
10/18/2009: Lisa from Gt Cacapon, Wv replies: "To one of the readers that had a miscarraige and rhuematoid arthritus and osteoporosis and severe anemia; and in fact, to all of you on this website that have unexplained anemia. Please look up and research thoroughly Celiac Disease. Celiac is a autoimmune response to gluten found in wheat, barley and rye. Just for pure knowledge (because few drs ever mention it), it is fascinating. I stumbled upon it myself and have 2/3rds of the symptoms. The major symptom is unexplained anemia. The number of diseases it's associated with is astonishing. Also google things like: 'testimonials of people who stopped eating wheat' and versions of testimonials. It's enlightening. Wishing you all good health. Note: This site is great. I'm going to frequent it! -L"