Himalayan pink salt is a pink-hued variety of salt that is sourced near the Himalaya mountains of South Asia. Himalayan salt is believed by many to be a healthier alternative to common table salt, or sodium chloride. Though mined like rock salt, Himalayan pink salt is technically a sea salt.
Salt is an essential nutrient required for many biological processes that has seasoned our dinners for thousands of years. However, its use has a few notable disadvantages for human health.
Consuming too much salt may cause high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease, which is why it should be eaten in moderation. For this reason, Himalayan pink salt has emerged as an alternative to regular salt, purportedly because it is less stressful for the body to consume.
A number of health benefits are attributed to Himalayan pink salt, but is there any real science behind these claims? Sodium levels in salt can vary. Himalayan pink salt contains less sodium per serving than ordinary table salt.
Table salt contains 2360 milligrams of sodium per teaspoon, whereas a teaspoon of Himalayan pink salt contains 1680 milligrams of sodium — a reduction of about one-third. Himalayan pink salt can contain trace amounts of minerals that table salt does not.
This can vary depending on where the Himalayan pink salt is sourced. More importantly, some samples of Himalayan pink salt have been found to contain potentially toxic elements like arsenic, mercury, and lead.
While Himalayan pink salt can contain minerals that table salt does not, these minerals exist only in very small quantities. Scientists don’t believe that the amount of additional minerals in Himalayan pink salt is great enough to make a significant difference in your diet.
Many believe that salt therapy, which involves the inhalation of air infused with salt, is beneficial for respiratory conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.
Although much more research on this point is needed, scientists have found statistically significant improvements in questionnaires given to respondents with COPD who used a dry salt inhaler.
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