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SALT HEALTH BENEFITS AND NUTRITITON FACTS

Posted in OTHER FOOD HEALTH BENEFITS AND MINERALS

 

Nutrition data

All figures below are expressed per 1.2 g (1/4 tsp)edible portion.

PRINCIPLE

NUTRIENT VALUE

Energy (Calories)

0 Cal Kcals/Calories

Water

N mcg

Protein

0g

Fat

0 g

Carbohydrates

0g

Starch

0.0 g

Sugar

˜

Fibre

7 g

Alcohol

0 g/ml

Saturated fatty acids

0 g      

Polyunsaturated fatty acids

0 g

Trans fatty acids

0 g

Cholesterol

0 mg

VITAMINS

Vitamin A

˜

Retinol Equivalent

˜

Vitamin D

˜

Vitamin E

˜

Vitamin K1

˜

Thiamin

˜

Riboflavin

˜

Niacin

˜

Niacin Equivalent

˜

Vitamin B6

˜

Vitamin B12

˜

Folate

˜

Pantothenate

˜

Biotin

˜

Vitamin C

˜

MINERALS

Sodium

468mg

Potassium

˜

Calcium

˜

Magnesium

˜

Phosphorus

˜

Iron

˜

Copper

˜

Zinc

˜

Chloride

˜

Manganese

˜

Selenium

˜

Iodine

˜

 

Health benefits of salt

Mineral Source

Apart from sodium, which is the primary mineral of any salt, pure sea salt retains all essential natural elements from the sea. Sea salt can contain magnesium, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc and iodine. Each of these elements is essential for good human health. For instance, calcium is required for bone formation, magnesium is necessary for proper cell and brain function and iodine is essential to the cell metabolism necessary for normal growth.

Minimizing Sodium Intake

EliminatIng all salt from your diet is unhealthy, because minerals contained in it are essential for the proper functioning of nearly all biological processes, states Dr. Michael Alderman, a hypertension specialist. The human body would not exist without these salts, according to Dr. Barbara Hendel, a researcher and author of "Water and Salt, The Essence of Life." The larger crystals and saltier taste of sea salt enable you to use less salt to season your foods and still achieve the same effect, thus reducing your sodium intake.

Electrolyte Balance

Pure sea salt contains approximately 80 essential elements and minerals in their natural ratio that are essential for maintaining a healthy balance of electrolytes in the body. This balance bolsters transmission of information between the brain and nerve cells, which influences heart rate, blood pressure and muscle tension, among other functions. Also, sea salt helps the kidneys get rid of excess acidity from body fluids while at the same time helping to regulate blood sugar levels.

Other Benefits

In addition, sea salt can help prevent dehydration. Adding 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt to every half gallon of clean water you drink can help you hold water and prevent dehydration, according to Dr. Craig Reese. The high percentage of iodine in sea salt enables the thyroid gland to manufacture hormones required for proper functioning and normal growth and development.

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