Diabetes and Molasses

Posted by Angela (Northern, NJ) on 09/05/2006

Just a quick question... My Mom is diabetic and also borderline anemic. Can she take black molasses? Will it have an affect on her sugar levels? I would really like to be able offer her a herbal remedy in lieu of iron pills. Thanks! ~Angela

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
391 posts

Dear Angela: Your mother is diabetic and molasses is high in sugar. No, she can't take black molasses! This also includes honey, fruit juices, soda pop, and anything sweet.

The pancreas' beta cells are destroyed and prevents the production of insulin. Beta cells are sensitive to free radicals. Major free radicals that kills your beta cells are free fatty acid, free metal iron radicals, and the body's acidity that also encourages oxidation.

To reduce free fatty acid, take fat emulsifiers along with your food, such as granulated lecithin. Lecithin will help reduce the oil by emulsification. Fat soluble antioxidants such as vitamin E should neutralized those fats subject to oxidation. This is why vitamin E helps prevents spoilage of vegetable oils as same as spoilage of oils inside your body.

To reduce free metal iron radicals, oral EDTA chelation is one way.

To reduce the body's level of oxidation due to acid, is to take 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda once in the morning and once in the evening before bedtime.

The body will use up about 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda per day for most people. The body will consume much more if you exercises. If you want to know how much your body consumes "bicarbonates", just measure your urinary pH and estimate how much bicarbonates are needed per day to maintain a normal urinary pH between 6.5 - 7.35.

I would really like to be able offer her a herbal remedy in lure of iron pills

Iron or metals taken into the body if a person is already a diabetic might worsen the condition. The most dangerous of the free radicals are the hydroxyl ions which obviously are created by iron, and this damages the pancreas' beta cells which produces the insulin.

Oral Chelation EDTA would be a more suitable choice, unless you are certain her iron levels are low. Assuming this is true. Then of course she should take iron supplements, but at the same time she should alternatively chelate metals. For example for three days you give her iron supplements, and on day four to day five you give her chelation. Then you keep alternating, The metal chelation will often remove the dangerous unbound free radical metals, it will not remove as easily those that the body is already using.

There are two kinds of metals in your body, bound metals to the body's protein, which don't often create free radicals, and unbound one, which can create hydroxyl free radicals which damages the cells, especially beta cells responsible for the body's insulin production.