Pink Sea Salt is one of two salts harvested from deposits found along the shores of Persian Gulf. The pinkish hue is a result of iron content that is up to 40 percent. Pink Sea Salt has become popular as an alternative cooking ingredient and has even begun to catch on in the culinary world. Himalayan pink sea salt is commonly used as a food seasoning and for many applications in cooking. Health benefits of pink salts have been debated for years.
Himalayan pink sea salt contains sodium, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and carbonate. The crystal structure makes it so the salt has a fine crystal structure and is easy to cut with a knife or any recreational instrument. It is not however affected by oxygen. It does not react with other chemicals nor does it lose its mineral content when exposed to light. This type of sea salt was originally mined in the Punjab area of Pakistan but today it can be found throughout the world. The sodium in this type of sea salt does not undergo any alteration during processing making it ideal for use in cooking.
There are believed to be some health benefits associated with pink sea salt which was discovered over a century ago by the German mineralogist who made the sample available to the medical community. The sample’s content of sodium and calcium had led him to conclude that these two minerals contribute to good health. Some trace elements added to the salt with the intention of increasing its content of sodium did help increase the minerals even more. These elements included copper, selenium and manganese.
Mineral content reduction through the addition of trace elements was first tested back in the 19th century by German scientists who made samples from various mineral sources. A study was then made on animals which were fed on a diet of table salt. After a few months the laboratory findings were reported to the table salt manufacturing companies. Today, pink Himalayan salt is mined in Pakistan, India, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The minerals in this type of salt vary according to location and abundance of the minerals in the surrounding area. It has been reported that the minerals in the mined deposits are constantly changing due to the compression and sliding of the mountains and can fluctuate up to six times or more from their natural levels.
One of the major health benefits of pink sea salt has been attributed to its high mineral content, which is known as trace elements. One study performed on animals in Germany showed that their blood contained higher amounts of these trace elements compared to those who were fed on regular table salt. Another study conducted on convalescent patients in Germany which were given regular doses of this type of salt showed a higher percentage of them having a high level of energy, better concentration and a higher tolerance to pain compared to those who received regular table salt. Other health benefits of Himalayan sea salt are being able to reduce the risk of developing colon cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
Another of the numerous health benefits of this type of salt includes its ability to increase the body’s water and potassium retention levels. High levels of these two vital minerals can prevent dehydration and a number of other complications that are detrimental to the human body. It has also been found to be beneficial for diabetic patients as it can help lower blood sugar levels. Another study performed on rats in Japan showed that magnesium and potassium were able to keep the rats from being diabetic.
Pink Sea Salt also has trace amounts of several other important minerals including calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. Calcium and phosphorus are essential for the human body as they play a significant role in the development of healthy bone tissue. Magnesium is also crucial to the nervous system and helps make blood cells function correctly. It has been found that the mineral potassium is much saltier than water which is why it is often added to sea salt in place of table salt.
While there is much debate over the amount of sodium that is contained in kosher sea salt, one thing is for certain and that is that this type of salt contains a far higher concentration of the mineral content that is beneficial to human health. Its other important minerals include magnesium, potassium and sodium all of which contribute to an array of beneficial health benefits. Because of the higher concentration of these minerals it is used by Jewish and secular doctors alike to treat a wide variety of medical conditions. Each of these conditions have their own particular treatment but none will be harmed by using kosher salt.