The Healing Power Of Food: BlackStrap Molasses

By Pinky Khoabane

SOME years ago during a consultation with a homeopath, he looked into my eyes and asked what I had in my uterus. 

I was petrified as I had two children already and didn’t need another one, apart from which, my children are born at home and it is a laborious task to transform one’s home into a maternity ward. 

He examined my left eye for a long time and told me it wasn’t a child in my uterus but something else. “A growth of some sort. Maybe fibroids or a cyst. When last did you see your gynae? Ask her to do a scan and see what that is,” he said.

I had been to the gynaecologist as part of my annual check-up and didnt recall her talking about a growth. Nonetheless I went to the gynaecologist and she told me I had fibroids and she said she had told me about them before but it wasnt anything to worry about as most women had them. But she suddenly suggested I undergo surgery to remove them. She became very excited over the prospect of surgery. She was even pushing for me to do it shortly after my consultation. 

Her excitement to butcher me was strange given that she had said fibroids, if they didn’t cause medical problems, were harmless. I wasn’t about to undergo surgery and even my homeopath discouraged me from it. 

Don’t get me wrong, I will undergo surgery in life threatening situations. 

I discovered there were many natural ways of shrinking fibroids. Natural remedies take time and require commitment to staying the course unlike surgery which removes the fibroids within a few hours of surgery but you would have to deal with the trauma that follows, which takes months, and the possibility of them returning. 

What are fibroids?

Fibroids are abnormal growths that develop in or on a woman’s uterus. Sometimes these tumours become quite large and cause severe abdominal pain and heavy periods. In other cases, they cause no signs or symptoms at all. The growths are typically benign, or noncancerous. The cause of fibroids is unknown.

According to About 30 percent of all women get fibroids by age 35 and almost 80 percent of women will have fibroids by age 50. Black women are more likely to have them, and to get them at a younger age. The cause of fibroids is unknown. About 40 percent of fibroids will grow during pregnancy, usually within the first three months. Some researchers used to think that using oral contraceptives made fibroids grow, but this is not as clear with low-dose pills. Very rarely, taking estrogen after menopause might affect fibroids.

Our star food today is Blackstrap Molasses

Blackstrap Molasses is a super food with hundreds of health benefits. It is often called ‘Black Gold’ thanks to the health and beauty benefits it offers. Regular consumption of blackstrap molasses (or BSM as it is known) can help solve hair and skin issues, prevent and cure fibroids and menstrual problems, reduce constipation, treat acid reflux and even fight cancerous tumours.

Blackstrap Molasses for Fibroids

Blackstrap molasses is created during the sugar manufacturing process. As sugar is boiled to create various products, the remaining syrup becomes reduced. After the third time boiling sugar into syrup, the resulting material is known as blackstrap molasses. This syrup is high in minerals and vitamins, including calcium, iron, potassium, and Vitamin A.

Because these minerals are excellent for creating a more alkaline environment in your body, it is believed blackstrap molasses can help shrink fibroids and even make them disappear over time.

This is the tea I make and drink twice a day. 

Blackstrap Molasses/Apple Cider Tea

Into a cup add:

2 Tablespoons of Blackstrap Molasses

1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar

Juice of Lemon Juice

3 Slices of ginger (If you like a punchier version, grate the ginger, add more, it is harmless)

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