Saturday, February 5, 2011

Blackstrap Molasses and PCOS

Well my vegan diet has really been working well for me .Last two cycles I ovulated and from December 15,2010 to today
February 5th ,2011 ,I have lost 27 pounds without even trying .I have to admit I also have no physical regimen except for my regular activities. I am a health food nut now !!!! I want food that will do my body good that will promote that friend who has haunted me for years"PCOS"

Well I have always heard of is also the best way of getting D-D Chiro Inositol without the expense of the pills.
I will be making my own buckwheat pancakes.I bought my waffle iron ! Whooohoo. You see so far I have been buying "nature's brand" gluten free buckwheat pancakes but I prefer to control some of the ingredients .Instead of using rice flour or sugar cane juice like they do .I can substitute it with flax ,egg replacer,brown rice flour and black-strap molasses!

I have heard that 1 tsps of bsm and hot water taken as tea help give you energy and clears your bowels.

Let me once again start from the beginning and reinforced some info ....

Sugar is a highly processed, very addictive chemical that is taken literally by millions to advance their deteriorating health. Now, that is a pretty strong statement.

There is no healthy sugars, just some that are better than others. The process to refine sugar, whether it be from cane, beets, whatever; contains a trail of pesticides and chemicals to reach you in its recognized form.
The blood carries everything we ingest throughout the body. The bloodstream should receive simple sugars from the intestines......not poison. An occasional fast is the only way to remove these toxic sugars from your body.

However, if we can stay away from processed sugars, we can sweeten our life with raw sugar, (in limited amounts), honey, maple syrup(natural form) and black strap molasses.

It takes ten days to de-tox sugar from one's system to eliminate its cravings.To begin my vegan lifestyle I had gone on a detox diet .Well I can tell you the craving iI use to have for sugar are GONE !

D Chiro Inositol acts as a secondary messenger to transport sugar into the cells and burn it as energy.
Once insulin has allowed the glucose in the blood to enter the cell, DCI in conjunction with Manganese Chelate and Galactosamine an essential amino sugar, which incidentally is also a part of the hormones FSH and LH, acts as a secondary messenger to finish the process, converting the sugar into either adenosine triphosphate (ATP) the energy source used by all cells, or into glycogen to store the energy for later.
In a study using diabetic rats, DCI was found to lower blood sugar levels by 22 % – a result impressive enough by itself, however, which both DCI & Manganese Chloride were administered to the diabetic rats, their high blood sugar levels were reduced by 47%!

It is therefore possible, that if a person with Insulin Resistance, such as a women with PCOS, were to take Manganese along with their DCI, they might be able to reduce the dose of DCI needed to obtain a therapeutic benefit.

It is important to have your Manganese levels checked before trying this theory out, however, as Manganese toxicity can cause some rather nasty side effects. It generally acts as a neurotoxin in excessive doses, producing symptoms such as headaches, schizophrenia, insomnia, weakening of the musculature and it can even decrease fertility at very high doses. So, if you are interested in trying this out, make sure you have a chat to your Doctor first and have your Manganese levels checked in order to decide what dose of supplementation would be right for you.

Don’t overly concern yourself with Manganese being toxic in high doses, plenty of things are dangerous if taken to excess and Manganese toxicity is usually only found in industrial workers exposed to it or in those who have chronic liver disease. The rest of the population, even if their dietary intake of Manganese is quite high, are unlikely to develop any symptoms of Manganese toxicity. It is however, sensible to ensure that your manganese levels are not already high, before beginning supplementation. Oral contraceptive pills and antacids may actually interfere with Manganese absorption, causing lower than normal levels.

The key is to find the right dose to provide a therapeutic benefit to you. Everyone will be different but somewhere around 10 mg a day is probably a good place to start for most adult people. The current minimum daily intake recommendations range around the 2 mg mark for adults including pregnant and lactating women.

Manganese deficiency can actually cause symptoms of it’s own including poor sugar metabolism, dizziness, loss of hearing, loss of hair colour and in extreme cases loss of hair, nausea & vomiting, decreasing bone density, ovarian cysts (not necessarily PCOS though), infrequent menstrual cycles, endometriosis, infertility & migraine headaches if that isn’t enough! Manganese acts in the human body to activate certain enzymes, allowing for absorption of important vitamins such as ascorbic acid (vitamin C), biotin, thiamin, choline. It plays a vital role in carbohydrate and protein metabolism and acts as a catalyst in the synthesis of fatty acids and cholesterol. Manganese also plays an important part in the regulation of sex hormones, reproduction and fertility, nerve health and the production of bone.

Food sources of Manganese include: mustard greens, kale, chard, Romain lettuce, collard greens, spinach, brown rice, rye, tempeh, soy, oats, ground cloves, cinnamon, black strap molasses, turmeric and some rather tasty things such as raspberries, pineapple and my favorite – maple syrup though this may not be the best source for those suffering from Insulin Resistance!

If you are taking a high quality multivitamin or chromium complex or blood sugar regulating combination, then you may find that there is already an amount of Manganese in it and you could experiment with taking your DCI at the same time.

Anything that can reduce the cost of taking DCI is worth looking into, that’s for sure!

** also black strap molasses is a great iron builder! If you lack iron or like myself have a family history of thalisemmia

A person's view of their first taste of the GOO :)


  1. Hey,
    I also have PCOS and have stuck to a strict gluten free diet which kept me regular at about 38 day cycles. Then I incorporated molasses into my diet and voila...just like that...28 day cycles. It really is uncanny. I am sooo happy now. I also heard that molasses is high in inositol.