Himalayan pink salt comes from the Himalayan mountains of Nepal and Tibet. Mountain salt is known for its many benefits because of its incomparable purity and mineral properties. Himalayan salt is refined table salt that has been purified by undergoing multiple stages of treatment so that it can be suitable for human consumption. This process produces sodium chloride which is the main component of Himalayan salt. Himalayan salt can also be produced from the salts of the rocks that lie beneath the Himalayan mountains.
Himalayan salt contains trace minerals like potassium, bromide, and magnesium. These minerals are important in maintaining the body's water balance and help in fighting diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis. Because it contains no chemical ingredients, Himalayan salt can effectively lower the levels of blood pressure and thus can reduce the risks of heart attack and strokes. Moreover, Himalayan salt prevents the formation of abnormal blood cells that may lead to heart attacks and other cardiovascular diseases. In addition to this, the salt contains trace elements that can prevent nerve disorders and other ailments.
When compared to regular table salt, Himalayan salt exhibits high mineral concentrations and excellent taste. This makes it highly preferable among people who prefer their foods to be natural and organic. It has become popular not only in Asia but also in other parts of the world including Europe and America. The popularity of it grew steadily after World War II when soldiers found it extremely useful as an alternative to table salt.
There are several factors that contributed to the sudden surge in demand for this product. One was the announcement by the Indian government in August 2021 that it would begin utilizing the surplus resources from the world's largest known deposits of natural salt in the country. Also, in June 2021, the Indian parliament approved a bill that allows the mining of khewra salt mine in the foothills of the majestic Himalayan range.
Although there have been numerous articles written on the benefits of Himalayan salt lamps, there have also been claims that the mineral may cause certain health claims to be exaggerated. These articles have cited examples of the claims that have been made, with regard to its being able to treat some form of cancer. While there is a possibility that this mineral can aid in the treatment of some forms of cancer, the studies that have been done so far do not support these conclusions. Also, there is no direct evidence that this mineral may cause cancer in humans.
Himalayan salt is most commonly used in the treatment of diabetes and circulatory conditions. The mineral is often combined with another non-dietary use which is known as "salt water colon cleansing". In this case, the water is prepared by boiling it and adding certain minerals and herbs to it. This mixture is often then taken into the colon with the intention of cleaning the system of toxins and other waste materials that can build up there over time.
There is, however, a connection between high blood pressure and sodium intake. As sodium is the main ingredient of processed foods, those who have a high sodium intake have a higher risk of developing hypertension. And those who already have high blood pressure are at even greater risk. Many researchers have therefore concluded that a reduction in sodium intake can help to lower blood pressure. One of the possible benefits of using Himalayan salt in high blood pressure treatments is the fact that the mineral has the ability to lower both heart rate and cholesterol levels, as well as increase blood flow to the extremities.
Current research is also looking at the potential health benefits of Himalayan pink salt in relation to kidney disease and certain cancers. Some evidence suggests that high chloride levels can contribute to the development of kidney stones or pre-cancer conditions in those who have existing cancer. However, more research will be needed to verify these claims.