Pink salt is a type of rock salt mined in the foothills of Himalayan Mountains in India. The pink colour of this salt comes from iron (ualpay) content. The rock salt was used by the ancient Indians for various purposes. It was a favourite salt of the ancient Aztecs people.
The himalayan salt contains a variety of minerals that are beneficial to our health. It is used to make salt rocks for drinking and for health claims purposes. Unexplained mineral content gives pink salt its reputation as a weight loss product, due to its effects on fat cells. The salt is mainly used as a cooking ingredient for preparing food and is used as decorative accessories for spas and homes.
Studies have shown that it is beneficial for reducing blood pressure and increasing cardiac output. It is one of the safest natural supplements that have so far been tested for health claims. In one study, it was found that regular table salt does not contain any trace minerals. This is the first such study that has revealed the presence of essential minerals in naturally occurring salts.
The mineral content of Himalayan pink salt is higher than that of regular table salt. This makes it a highly beneficial product for both diet and health claims. Many health claims associated with eating products made from this salt have been scientifically proven. For example, it has been found to increase energy levels and concentration levels, reduce fatigue and decrease the risk of various diseases like cancer, heart attacks, diabetes, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.
However, there are many people who are sceptical about health benefits and believe that increasing amounts of iodine can have detrimental effects. This is why many people choose to add it to their daily diet through food instead of taking supplements in the form of pills. There are other people who use pink salt in various forms like cooking salt or even as an additional ingredient to their cooking recipe. This fact leads to whether the benefits of iodine can be absorbed in any way by cooking with the salt.
According to studies conducted on this subject, the level of Iodine present in the salt is very low compared to that found in regular table salt. Also, the way the pink salt is processed before being added to food makes a big difference in its level of Iodine. It becomes more effective when finely ground instead of being finely crushed or refined.
This non-dietary use of pink salt has now reached other parts of the world including Pakistan and India. Although the use of pink salt has increased immensely in countries where there are heavy quantities of iodine mined, its use as cooking salt has not diminished. Indians used to sprinkle it over the pan, rice and even grilled food before giving it a good coating. Many people even mix it with ground nutmeg and lemon to make a great flavoured punch. It is even available in different varieties of Pakistan which makes the local markets very exciting to visit and buy.
Recently, the use of this salt has spread all over the globe with the availability of sea salts. These salts contain a high amount of iodine and hence are recommended for those who suffer from thyroid problems and other such diseases which can be cured by using these salts. Indian and Pakistani researchers have also discovered that this mineral substance has several healing properties which can help fight bacterial and fungal infections. It is interesting to note that the salt from Kashmir was found to possess properties which can help prevent heart diseases. Studies have also been conducted in India, which have found out that this mineral substance is excellent for improving eyesight.