Himalayan pink salt is rock salt excavated from the foothills of the Himalayan mountains of Pakistan and India. It is high quality, ionized and sodium chloride crystal salt obtained from unrefined natural deposits in India and other Himalayan regions. The salt, which tends to have a pink tint due to traces of copper and silver minerals, is used largely for food preparation, decorative accessories, and as spa remedies. It has been used extensively for ages by people all over the world for its healthful properties and beauty enhancement qualities.
One of its most famous and prominent uses is for its blood pressure lowering properties. According to some research findings, this salt has an ability to lower blood pressure levels when sprinkled on the forehead or other affected areas. This is the reason why Himalayan salt known as Pink Salt is used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine. The salt is renowned for its blood cleansing and blood pressure regulating effects.
The salt's ability in lowering blood pressure is not its only health benefits. Other notable features of this mineral that make it suitable for different purposes is its anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-tumor, antioxidant, anti-oxidant, etc. properties. It can fight against various bacteria found in the human body, it contains anti-viral agents that can kill microorganisms such as virus, bacteria, fungi, and protozoa, it is highly effective against viruses that cause respiratory tract infection, it can help heal wounds and relieve pain, it is an antiseptic agent that can eliminate bacterial infections, it can stimulate the immune system and makes the user more resistant against infectious diseases.
In order to make it even more beneficial, it can also be used in the form of non-dietary supplements. These supplements are manufactured and formulated with trace amounts of the minerals in the Pink Himalayan salt so that it does not affect the body's normal functions. As far as the trace elements are concerned, the most popular ones being sodium, magnesium, calcium, potassium, iron and sodium chloride. Table salt is not considered to be a dietary supplement because it is not consumed in the diet.
Many people do not realize that using this salt in their diet can lower the levels of many hormones and blood pressure levels in the body. There have been several studies done to find out how much salt is enough to lower blood pressure. The conclusion of these studies show that consuming the Pink Himalayan salt not only lowers the level of high blood pressure but all the other related problems also.
Another study on the relationship between salt and hypertension has been conducted by The University of Wisconsin. They did a study where they followed two groups of people, one group which was treated with regular table salt and another group which was treated with pink Himalayan salt. After eight weeks, the regular salt group had significantly lower high blood pressure levels than the group that was provided with the Pink Himalayan salt. This research clearly shows the harmful effects of sodium on the high blood pressure of a person.
The potassium, calcium, magnesium and sodium found in Pink Himalayan salt are necessary for the human body and especially the brain and nerve cells. It helps in muscle and nerve function and also helps in building the bones. Our body cannot function without the trace minerals and hence it becomes necessary to replenish these minerals once they are lost from our bodies. This process usually happens very slowly. Hence it is important to know which mineral is present in the salt so that one can buy the right kind of salt for their food intake. This is the reason why people prefer to buy the salt containing natural mineral.
Since a large percentage of people do not know the content of minerals contained in the salt, they go on using the regular table salt that they have. The high blood pressure levels that they experience due to the deficiency of these trace minerals causes further complications in their body and they eventually develop kidney diseases or heart attacks. Regular table salt may not be good enough for these people because it does not contain the required amount of salt. Hence, they should opt for using the Himalayan pink salt that has 98 percent sodium chloride content.