Black salt… have you heard of it? Prior to going vegan, I never even knew that there was such a salt and am amazed with how awesome black salt is.
I tried black salt yesterday for the very first time and wow, is it an impressive salt with tremendous health benefits! The first time I heard about black salt was from Lou Corona, one of my father and I’s inspirators eating high raw living foods. Lou uses black salt in his sunflower seed tuna recipe because it makes the recipe taste like tuna. Black salt has a hard boiled egg taste because it’s an excellent source of sulfur!
Black salt, also known as kala Namak is believed to come from the Himalayas. This type of salt contains a lot of sulfur, iron and other essential minerals vital for the body. Although at first glance the color of the salt is black, due to the high iron levels, black salt will change to pink.
Compared to white salt, black salt is lower in sodium so it is more healthy to consume. In fact, many doctors recommend consuming black salt for those who suffer from high blood pressure.
The Health Benefits of Sulfur
Sulfur is an essential mineral needed for every part of our body to function properly. Sulfur is great for hair growth. Sulfur is the third most abundant and essential mineral in your body. This vital mineral plays important roles in hundreds of physiological processes and is found in your muscles, skin and bones, close to half. In addition, sulfur is crucial for your body to detoxify.
Foods such as walnuts, cashews, almonds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, coconut, bananas, watermelon, and crucerfiours vegetables contain sulfur. Considering though that the soil our food is grown in is depleted, some folks may not be getting a sufficient amount of sulfur rom their lifestyle choices.
The Health Benefits of Black Salt
#1. Improves Eyesight
Yes! You read that right! Black salt is an excellent source to improve eyesight. I never heard about salt boosting eyesight, so this one was a bit of a surprise for me.
#2. Aids in Weight Loss
The low sodium content in black salt provides benefits for weight loss. Sprinkle black salt on your food to benefit from the results!
#3. Helps With Constipation
Black salt contains beneficial elements to main a healthy digestive system. Adding black salt into your daily lifestyle can help relief constipation, improving your digestion.
#4. Treats Acidity
Acidity in the body often occurs when the body’s acid levels increase. To help stabilize this, your body needs an alkaline substance. Thus, black salt is the best salt to alkaline the body.
#5. Prevent Cholesterol
For centuries, black salt has been able to prevent and lower cholesterol in the body.
#6. Helps Treat Joint Disorders
Black salt can help treat joint problems. Simple add black salt in a cloth then heat in a saucepan. Then place the cloth on the sore joint and press slightly. Wait a few minutes and repeat up to two times a day for relief. Utilize this method until you feel better in the joints.
#7. Helps With Respiratory Problems
Several studies concluded that black salt is useful for curing respiratory problems. To relieve a stuffy nose, you can add a bit of black salt in the inhaler and breathe it.
#8. Helps Treat Muscle Cramps
Black salt is rich in potassium but also helps the body absorb potassium. This benefit helps treat muscle camps faster and helps prevent muscle cramps, too.
#9. Helps Prevent Diabetes
Black salt helps prevent diabetes and is good for those with diabetes to consume black salt. Adding black salt in the diet can help keep insulin levels in the body and can help prevent diabetes, also.
The low sodium levels in black salt makes the health benefits extraordinary. Boost your health today by including black salt.
There are three types of black salt:
- Black ritual salt
- Black lava salt
- Black Indian salt
Black ritual salt, also referred to as Witches’ Salt, is not for consuming. This type of salt is used for purification and in protection rites. Black salt is used to ward away evil and negative energies. Black ritual salt is derived and mixed from from the scrapings of charred herbs, ash, and iron at the bottom of the cauldron mixed with salt.
Black lava salt is black in color and is sea salt that’s blended with activated charcoal. It has an earthy flavor, usually originating from Hawaii or Cyprus. Often times, you may see it labeled as Hawaiian Black Salt. I
Indian black salt, or kala namak, is an Indian volcanic rock salt, known by the names including Himalayan black salt, sulemani namak, and kala loon. It’s commonly used in Pakistan, India and other Asian countries. It starts out as Himalayan Pink Salt or sodium chloride and is then heated to extremely high temperatures, mixed with Indian spices and herbs including the seeds of the harad fruit which contains rich levels of sulfur. In addition, Indian Black Salt also contains trace impurities of sulfates, sulfides, iron and magnesium which all contribute to the salt’s color, smell and taste.
Some varieties of black salt, such as black lava salt, are black in color, but many aren’t. In its rock form, it ranges from brownish-pink to deep purple color. When the salt is grounded up, it becomes a pinkish-gray or light purple color. When mixed up with food, it becomes a deep red with purple and brown tints. The color is due to the iron sulfides contained in black salt.
How does it taste?
The taste of Indian black is very quite comparable to hard-boiled eggs due to the sulfur levels. Due to the distinctive, egg like taste, black salt is often used and makes a great addition in eggless recipes and a perfect addition to salads.
Since ancient times, Indian black salt has been used and is said to have been identified by the father of Ayurvedic medicine, Maharishi Charak, around 300 B.C.E. Some claims from Ayurvedic healers that this type of black salt can be therapeutic, too. Black salt is considered a cooling spice and it is used as a laxative to help with digestive problems, poor eyesight and hysteria. Black salt contains less sodium than table salt so it can be helpful for people with high blood pressure and good for those who are diabetic. If you wish to use black salt for medical purposes, check with your physician.
Now that you’ve learned all about the amazing health benefits black salt has to offer, it’s time for you to try it yourself 🙂 If you can’t find it at your local store, simply buy it online. You’ll wonder why it took you so long to have black salt after you try it!