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Modern table salt is acknowledged as being bad for you, as part of the anti-caking processing, it is stripped of all minerals and trace elements except sodium and chloride. Studies also indicate it might also increase your risk of brittle bones and other ailments.
Zechstein Miracle table salt is a healthy alternative to plain salt.
The magnesium-enriched, low-sodium salt has been developed by Oriola-KD, the company behind the world-famous PANSALT. Although it has the look, taste and texture of common salt, its unique patented formula means it contains about half as much sodium.
Zechstein Table Salt contains good levels of potassium (28%) and magnesium (12%), minerals that are important for muscle function, blood pressure and bone maintenance.
Potassium is helpful for getting rid of harmful sodium in the body and magnesium helps with the secretion of insulin. Zechstein Table Salt also contains 2% lysine, a vital limiting amino acid required for producing proteins in the body.
Unlike the sodium chloride you find on most kitchen tables, unrefined rock salt contains more than 84 different minerals.
“These mineral salts are identical to the elements of which our bodies have been built and were originally found in the primal ocean from where life originated,” argues Dr Barbara Hendel, researcher and co-author of Water & Salt, The Essence of Life. “We have salty tears and salty perspiration. The chemical and mineral composition of our blood and body fluids are similar to sea water. From the beginning of life, as unborn babies, we are encased in a sack of salty fluid.”
Historically, these mineral salts were the commodities that trade routes and cities such as Saltzberg grew up around. Once known as “white gold”, salt was, and still is, essential for virtually all biological processes. Without mineral salts, says Dr Hendel, there would be no movement, memory or thought and your heart wouldn’t beat.
“In water, salt dissolves into mineral ions,” explains Dr Hendel. “These conduct electrical nerve impulses that drive muscle movement and thought processes. Just the simple act of drinking a glass of water requires millions of instructions that come from mineral ions. They’re also needed to balance PH levels in the body.”
Dr Hendel believes too few minerals, rather than too much salt, may be to blame for health problems. It’s a view that is echoed by other academics such as David McCarron, of Oregon Health Sciences University in the US.
He says salt has always been part of the human diet, but what has changed is the mineral content of our food. Instead of eating food high in minerals, such as nuts, fruit and vegetables, people are filling themselves up with “mineral empty” processed food and fizzy drinks.
Due to modern farming methods, fruit and vegetables are much lower in minerals than they once were. Meanwhile, table salt is stripped of all minerals save for sodium and chloride. These changes, he believes, are responsible for the current prevalence of high blood pressure.
Nutritionist Patrick Holford goes one step further. He claims that high-sodium table salt has more to account for than just high blood pressure and heart disease and can actually create mineral imbalances that lead to health problems. “Minerals work together and need to be balanced,” he explains. “For example, potassium and magnesium works with sodium to regulate water balance and nerve and muscle impulses. The more sodium you eat, the more potassium and magnesium you need. Few of us eat enough of these, yet we eat high amounts of sodium in salt. This leads to potassium and magnesium deficiency, where muscles become tight, nerves become over stimulated and you feel more anxious.”
As magnesium is involved in maintaining bone density and hormone balance, low levels may compromise bone strength and lead to premenstrual problems. Swapping table salt for mineral-rich salt can make a difference..
By replacing regular table salt with mineral-rich Zechstein salt, you’ll dramatically cut your risk of developing hypertension and its attendant health complications, which can include heart attacks, strokes, osteoporosis and kidney problems.
Like proccesed salt, magnesium-enriched, low-sodium Zechstein salt can be employed during meal preparation or sprinkled on cooked food to improve flavour.
Mined from the ancient Zechstein Seabed, unadulterated from contaminants and pollution for millions of years thanks to its subterranean isolation, one mile underneath the earth’s surface.
Magnesium is one of the seven essential minerals the body needs to perform daily functions including metabolising fatty acids and proteins. Studies have shown that over 50% of Americans are magnesium deficient. Since 1950 intensive farming caused a decline in the magnesium content of vegetables by as much as 80 per cent