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Blackstrap Molasses Constipation
Fiber and fluids: Simple constipation usually responds to a diet rich in fiber (bran, whole grain cereals, fruits, vegetables) and increased fluid intake (water is sufficient). Several significant causes of constipation other than bad diet should be investigated with the help of your doctor e.g. Hypothroidism, hirschprung's disease among others. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Choices: There are number of things that can gently ease constipation. Hydration (fluids) first. Next adding fiber to your diet. Certain foods can help (exs. Prune juice, black coffee, smooth moving teas, certain probiotics).There are stool softeneres which can help (colace) and there are also oral laxatives (ex. Milk of magnesia). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the health benefits of blackstrap molasses? It is so tasty, and with such a deep, dark color, it seems it must be good for you.
Tasty stuff: This was an old "health food" since the early 1900's, and you've correctly identified why people believe it must be magic. As a substitute for refined sugar, it contains a small amount of some minerals, including copper and iron, some of which it gets from the machinery in which it is prepared -- takes ~1/4 lb of molasses to get your rda of iron. Don't expect any other health benefits. ...Read more
Black strap molasses: Probably no help for spot on face. It would be a good idea to see your doctor to identify the facial spot and advise you on how to treat it. ...Read more
How is it healthier to switch to blackstrap molasses over sugar in the coffee in the morning and why ?
Took 2 tbsp blackstrap molasses for two months. New labs: sat. %18, ferritin 87, tibc 288, total iron 52. Should these concern me? Have hashimotos too
Iron deficient?: If you were taking blackstrap molasses to treat iron deficiency instead of a real iron supplement, you were misguided. The stuff is a safe, sugar-rich supplement that acquires its limited mineral content from the machinery in which it's produced. You should take a 21st century iron supplement, find the real cause of your iron deficiency, and consider upgrading to a modern thyroid tablet as well. ...Read more
Can blackstrap molasses make you feel better if you have drug-induced hemolytic anemia but your iron panel (ferritin, tibc, tsi, si) were all normal?
Forgive my candor: Blackstrap molasses is an antique health fraud which despite what others may tell contains only small amounts of vitamins, and acquires most of its mineral content from the machinery in which it was processed. Hemolytic anemia -- drug-induced or not -- is serious and needs to be followed up by a physician. Iron won't touch it. Don't let others play you for a sucker. ...Read more
Ate cookie with molasses. Scared I dropped cookie crumbs and my 4 month old possibly got them on hand/ into her mouth. Could she get infant botulism?
Possible: It is possible to get botulism but it is unlikely. Watch out for symptoms 18 - 36hrs after ingestion. Symptoms in infants are lethargy, weakness, poor feeding, weak cry. Constipation is usually the first symptom to occur. There is nothing for you to do now except observation. If your baby seems to be floppy or develops any of the above symptoms, you need to go to the nearest ER. ...Read more
Yes, but it isn't: The best way to go about gaining weight. Eat healthy foods that are high in calories. Eat six meals per day. Work on strength training to build your large muscle groups. Work out w heavier weights w fewer repetitions. Sleep at least 8 to 9 hours/night. Hydrate well w water. Foods to help w healthy weight gain: almonds, cashews, pecans, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, hummus, avocadoes, . ...Read more
See below: Blackstrap molasses is just one type of molasses, the dark liquid byproduct of the process of refining sugar cane into table sugar. It is made from the third boiling of the sugar syrup and is therefore the concentrated byproduct left over after the sugar's sucrose has been crystallized. It's used in making beans & gingerbread. ...Read more
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