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Salt

Few items in the health world has more controversy and untruth than salt. The medical community warns us about salt and tells us to reduce salt intake. They especially caution us to quit taking it for certain diseases.

1. "Salt consumption is a controversial issue, since some studies show salt as a contributing factor to high blood pressure. The theory is that higher sodium levels leads to increased water retention which increases blood volume and which in turn raises blood pressure. Studies that test this theory have given conflicting results. An alternative theory is that high blood pressure results from reduced blood volume caused by dehydration when capillaries must constrict in an attempt to get blood out to all the tissues body. This seems plausible since pressure in an enclosed system is a factor of volume and flow. In a 1997 article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Dr. David McCurron found that with adequate daily intake of potassium, calcium and magnesium, not only will salt not raise blood pressure, it might actually lower it." World Chiropractic Today, Dr. David McCurron

2. "One of essential minerals magnesium tastes bitter, so human love to remove magnesium from salt. But magnesium is also essential for cell functions in the body. Salts are getting purifying only NaCl from sea water. It means other minerals are gone out. So other essential minerals easily are getting to deficiency in the body. Recently the technique of purification of salt from sea water has developed. But the contents of magnesium other than [NaCl] is getting decrease. So deficiency symptom is easily occurred. The important role of magnesium is control of higher function of nervous system, behavior, memory and learning in the human. So we have to intake a lot of magnesium from many kinds of salts including sea water." pubmed 15577100 This article suggests but does not provide full proof that all refined salt has minerals such as magnesium removed.

3. "Salt is vital for life and we cannot live without it.  Most people don't realize that there are enormous differences between the standard, refined table and cooking salt and sea salt. These differences can have a major impact on your health and can cause high blood pressure and heart problems. The other (sea salt) with a hydrated body may lower blood pressure and heal the heart." http://products.mercola.com/himalayan-salt/ This quote is from a salt distributor and thus is subject to bias toward its product so please use its information with a grain of salt so to speak. I put it here for information, and will attempt to provide scientific research to prove or disprove their view.

4. "Mayo Clinic "Sea salt is produced through evaporation of seawater, usually with little processing, which leaves behind some trace minerals and elements depending on its water source. These insignificant amounts of minerals add flavor and color to sea salt, which also comes in a variety of coarseness levels. Table salt is mined from underground salt deposits. Table salt is more heavily processed to eliminate trace minerals and usually contains an additive to prevent clumping. Most table salt also has added iodine, an essential nutrient that appears naturally in minute amounts in sea salt." http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sea-salt/AN01142 This quote from a report by the Mayo Clinic shows the difference between the processes for Sea Salt and Table Salt. They claim there is no difference between the two salts other than Sea salt contains more natural minerals. What they fail to indicate is that table slalt is heated to a high temperature and sea salt is not.

My conclusion to date is that the difference between the heat processing of table salt removes essential minerals and changes the chemical structure to a more toxic level than contained in unprocessed sea salt. The difference between the two process is kiln drying vs sun drying. As I attempted to find specific scientific research to verify that one is better than the other and I could not find any. I did find lots and lots of alternative health experts making claims that sea salt is better but without any scientific proof. As usual they quote research reports but do not provide a link to them so they could be verified, and I could not find them for this report. A query on pubmed failed to find any medical research proving one over the other.

Natural vs refined is a claim to better. However the mechanical processing of either salts require a certain amount of earth moving equipment and processing that may render either less stable.

I find the various companies and web sites touting sea salt to be lacking in any real scientific research to prove their claims. I will be contacting some of them to provide such documention if they have it. If and when I receive any I will post it on this page.

I do not want to sound negative, but I am terribly disappointed in the alternative health industry's use of testimonials, unsubstantiated claims and references to science research without providing validation. Such tactics are as bad or worse than the medical industries use of altered drugs and treating symptoms instead of causes.

The problems of the medical and the alternative industries play a big factor in why I have built this web site. I am a seeker of truth verified by accredited medical research not unsubstantiated and often biased claims used by both industries. If anyone reading this can provide any valid research on this or any other topic, please send it to me.

Here is a response I received from Real Salt; "Thank you for your interest in Real Salt. Regarding your request, please see attached information that includes medical sources and scientific research."

The attachments from Real Salt;

American Journal of Medicine Report (PDF)
Additives in Salt (PDF)
Health Professional Salt Quote (PDF)
Real Salt Production Process (PDF)
Study on Risks of Death with Higher Salt Intake (PDF)
 
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