I've read all the posts here. All are interesting. My experience has been different... As a kid I was raised by my grandparents. They were very health-conscious. When we ate meat it was always the most lean, usually skinless chicken white meat. My grandmother grew many of her own greens and vegatables to ensure we had the best, vitamin rich meals possible. Ours was the only house in the neighborhood using Braggs products in the 1960s. My grandfather already used BSM everyday on his grits. At the age of 7, I was introduced to it via my morning breakfast. I've had it nearly every morning since. I'm 53 now. I've had three different cancers, a heart attack, quadruple bypass surgery and five stints in my heart arteries. I've never smoked and always eat well rounded, healthy meals. I have always been nearly 100% vegetarian. I exercise rigorously for at least three hours every day. I realize I am an exception. I like BSM (I've enjoyed the flavor since day one) and it is obviously, health-wise, a far better sweetener than processed sugar or chemical sugar substitute but to say it's a cure-all? I cannot.
I want to use bm for my hbp and diabetes. The problem is that my iron is more than adequate and it occured to me that I might get too much iron from this product (I'm a diabetic). I want to take it very much, but don't want to get into trouble. Thank you for your time! Barbara
Ten Mile, Tn Usa
This is my first post here. I've been reading about the relation between Black Strapped Molasses and gray hair from past 3 hours on this site. (I sincerely believe in Science, but sometimes few things cannot be confirmed as the effects depend on the entire body ranging from fauna in your stomach to various minerals needed for your hair.)
The deductions I draw from all the reading are these:
1) Using BSM with warm water had more than 75% success rate rather than taking it with tea/coffee.
2) For best results, the recipe I come up with from all these posts is 1-2 tablespoon/teaspoon of BSM mixed with warm water, 1 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar and mixing with Lemon/orange/honey for taste. This has to be taken most preferably early in the morning on empty stomach.
3) People adding Biotin/Brewer's yeast etc., are gaining more benefits due to additional copper. But be careful of not to intake excess copper which may result in some side effects.
4) Unsulphured Organic BSM, seems to be working. I guess the brand should be Plantation (widely available). This specific bottle definitely mentions Copper to be 0% which doesn't mean there is no copper. Copper is present and is in milligrams(the reason for being marked as 0%). Copper seems to be the most important mineral needed in bringing back the natural color.
5) ACV contains lots of vitamin C and Iron helps in overall health (so does Lemon)
6) People are having mixed results when using BSM with Tea or coffee, as they have natural iron inhibitors in them.
7) Mixing BSM with milk or coconut water is also a good idea.
8) TIME: If u are having a lot of gray hair, it takes considerable time of around 9 months to see good results.
THE IMPORTANT THING IS, ONE HAS TO DRINK IT DAILY.
So guys, anything else u would like to add?
Let's get to the root of this.
Blackstrap Molasses eliminated my gray hair. I don't remember how long it took but I know hidden sources of MSG contribute to hair turning gray so you have to eliminate those sources also.
The body stores iron. I remember reading about the toxic levels so I'm going to look for that info in my latest nutrition book and get back to you. In the meantime I think one TBSP in 8-10 oz. of warm water or milk a day would be safe. (I use 2% milk and dilute that with water in winter because dairy cows are fed more corn or fodder to produce more milk then)
Please note our entire food supply has been engineered to last longer and has been tainted with GMO's. GMO grasses and grains are being fed to the animals we eat and get milk or eggs from. "Organic" is no longer safe because it is grown in soil that contains a genetically modified fungus. I posted this information elsewhere on EC but I just don't know where.
I'm going to copy excerpts from my 2007 Nutrition Almanac...
"The iron in the body is normally used efficiently. It is neither used up nor destroyed but is conserved to be used repeatedly; Excess iron, rather than being excreted, is stored; Too much iron, accumulating over the years, occurs often in older men. Iron overload can result in a condition called hemosiderosis, a term for excess iron storage in the body. Iron toxicity is the result of the inability of the digestive tract to eliminate excess iron. Symptoms of iron toxicity include fatigue, headaches, weight loss, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, shortness of breath, and a grayish color to the skin."
I have been taking Blackstrap Molasses for more than 6 months and still have very low iron. The dr has now put me on iron pills and my hair is still amazingly grey. I had a hysterectomy 6 years ago.
I am going to try Black Strap Molasses (BSM) in an effort to eliminate some of my grey hair, but I am a novice as far as BSM is concerned, so would one of the BSM Veterans wade in and respond to my comments and questions.
There were a few people who stated in their post that they were taking BSM in hopes of minimizing/eliminating their grey hair; they went on to explain they had to discontinue their regimen due to the high sugar content of BSM, which had a negative impact on them. I'm wondering if they were taking the unsulphered BSM. Is there is a difference between the unsulphered and plain BSM?
Also I was wondering would it be ok to use BSM in hot green tea with lemon? Normally I use honey as a sweetner, because I believe it is a healthy alternative to sugar. But I would like to start my BSM regimen with green tea and lemon; providing the beneficial effects of the BSM won't be diminished.
Ten Mile, Tn Usa
Rho - Fl
I started taking BSM about three weeks ago. I take a teaspoon daily. About one week after beginning BSM I noticed my silver hairs looked copper colored and some were yellowish. I was happy- I believed the BSM was working to restore my natural color. Now my hair looks yellow and green in sunlight. I do not use coloring agents or chemical processes on my hair and I haven't been swimming. I've already tried a clarifying shampoo, it did not remove the yellow and green. Does anyone have any suggestions for removing these undesirable colors?
Fort Worth, Tx
6 Month Report
I have been taking BSM for 6 months - 3 teaspoons a day. I believe it is beginning to work. My hairline and first several inches looks less gray, although the cowlick, at the back of my head, is still quite gray. I was never very gray, or solid gray. maybe more like 50%.
The bottom line is, at 6 months I still need to color my hair every three weeks. However, the gray looks less noticible to me around my face.
I shall continue ading the BSM to my tea. Why not? It is tasty enough. And I sooooo want this to work. I don't mind coloring my hair but every three weeks is too often for me.
Garden Grove, Ca Usa
Scottsdale, Arizona, Usa
Los Angeles, Ca
Silver Spring, Maryland
Crazy. I had been taking a tablespoon of blackstrap molasses everyday for a month or so, then started getting a little lax. Today I plucked out a gray hair that was silver on the end but dark brown at the root. Will definitely have to start back up again and be vigilant about it.
I have consistently taken 2 tablespoons of blackstrap molasses daily for three months. I was skeptical about the claims that blackstrap molasses could restore your gray hairs to their natural color although I was encouraged by the overwhelming response suggesting that it does, in fact, help.
I am 31 years old and have noticed over the past few years that the grays have permeated through my brown hairs and have become prononced around my hairline. I have been spending an unnecessary amount of money to color & highlight my hair to temporarily cover up the grays.
I'm pleased to report that my hairs are gradually returning to their original brown color after regularly using the blackstrap molasses. I have been raving about the natural remedy to family and friends and hope that they will also experience the same benefits.
I started taking BSM and ACV for leg/foot cramps. A friend said that years ago her father was advised to use this remedy and that it not only got rid of his cramps but turned his full head of gray hair blonde again. I've been doing it for about a month and find both to be improving. But I take a Tbs of the BSM off the spoon in the morning followed by about 1-2 tsp of ACV in a little water. Is there some more effective method I should be using?
EC: Many more grey remedies here: http://www.earthclinic.com/cures/hair_gray.html
hello, i take black strap too i am 54 years old. i don't take it alone. i take 6 alfalfa tabs., and 2 flax seed oil 2 times a day .i use to be gray, i am seeing streeks of brown. and my gray is getting darker. i take my black strap with _____s apple citer viniger, and warm water. 2 tab.spoons viniger, and 1 tab.spoon black strap 2 times a day. i noticed that i no longer have hot flashes.
I've been taking blackstrap molass in my coffee every day for the last 3 weeks and haven't noticed any changes in reversing gray hair. I'll keep at it until the jar finishes and see how that goes.
It provides me with a lot of energy. After a run, i normally get tired but takign 2 teaspoons with a drink, i don't feel the need for a nap. However, the calories in it makes you very fat if you don't work it off and I noticed that it gives me a lot of phlegm when I take it.
When I heard about molasses taking white hair off I could't believe it. But I though it was worth to try. every morning in an 8 oz glass of water I mix two table spoons of the blackstrap molasses, two table spoon of raw honey, and two table spoon of apple cider and drink it. I have to be honest the taste I don't like very much, but the energy i get from that is tremendous, and not only that but because of the apple cider keeps me away from any type of viruses including flu. This is a great thing I am so glad I learn about it because it been already 5 months since I started taking it and almost all my white hair is gone!!! I will take it for the rest of my life, thanks to my Health book I purchase!!!
Las Vegas, Nv
After reading here about black strap molasses and gray hair, I have been taking 1-2 tablespoons in my coffee each morning for a little over three months. I tried it in hot water and it was horrible. In coffee, it taste like a latte, and after getting used to it, I look forward to it every day. The first two months I noticed a difference, but wondered if it was my imagination or wishful thinking. Now at three months, I would say the gray is 70% gone, and my stylist is absolutely amazed. The white patch above my forehead is gone completely. I'm 40 yrs old, and was starting to gray rapidly, it was costing a fortune to keep covered. The first 2 months, my hair grew so fast, that the gray was showing quicker, but I'm glad that I stuck with it, the little bit I have left is hardly noticeable, and I am hoping that in time, it will all be gone. I am so thankful that I read about this on your site, and will be taking it for the rest of my life. I have also noticed an increase in energy, and believe it to be the molasses also. Thank you!