Black salt (kala namak) is a common ingredient in most of the Indian homes. Though called black salt, when seen by naked eye it appears to be pinkish in colour. This is due to presence of iron and other minerals in it.
You all must be using it in your fruit chats and salads for that extra flavor and taste. But its use is not just limited to taste and flavor. It has many health benefits too. Read on to find more about this humble salt…
Eating black salt gives relief in many stomach upset conditions like constipation (a paste of ginger, lemon and black salt is an excellent laxative) and bloating. This is the reason it is used in many digestive pills.
Inhaling the fumes of black salt help control respiratory issues like common cold, sinusitis, allergies and even asthma. You just have to add a bit of black salt to your inhaler and use it at least twice a day.
All those who want to lose weight must replace the white salt they use with this salt for it greatly assist in weight loss. This salt has a disintegrating and dissolving effect on lipids and enzymes.
Since black salt helps in thinning of blood it ensures proper circulation in the body which in turn helps reduce high cholesterol level and also lower the blood pressure.
Being full of alkaline minerals, black salt is helpful in conditions of heart burn which is caused to increased acid content in stomach.
Those suffering from weak bones, osteopenia and osteoporosis, must switch over to black salt. The sodium content in black salt helps aid bone health.
Psychiatrists say black salt is useful in the treatment of certain types of depression and insomnia. This is because it helps to preserve two particular hormones, serotonin and melatonin, both of which are essential for a good night’s sleep.
Studies have shown that black salt helps the body maintain an appropriate blood-sugar level. So it is recommended for diabetic people as well as anyone who is at risk of becoming diabetic.