Unrefined Ocean Salt versus Refined Table Salt
Salt is an essential element in the diet of not only humans
but of animals, and even of many plants.
It is one of the most effective and most widely used of all food seasonons and natural preservatives.
by Jacques de Langre, PhD
From Chapter 1 "Definition of Sea Salt"
Regular over the counter table salt is one of the worst things for you! It is mined from large natural sea salt deposits underground where they take the natural salt and basically take out everything that is good, and are left with Sodium Chloride (table salt). This is ideal for melting snow and other industrial uses all which leave eating it a minority. Eating too much refined salt can be hazardous to your health. However all the minerals your body needs are in sea salt, there is no need to worry about eating too much. Your body will use the minerals it needs and instead of trying hard to find more, as would be the case with regular refined salt, it just disposes of any excess it doesn't want. As a result, it really isn't bad at all for you. The bad salt is the store bought refined salt. All they try to do is make it look good and flow through a salt shaker. The makers of table salt do a good job at one thing, they remove the one thing that is good in salt! All of the minerals that were in it, approximately 84, only 2 remain.
Unrefined Ocean Sea Salt is harvested near the coast. Ocean water, rich in a
wide variety of minerals, is channeled into a series of clay-lined ponds. The
wind and sun evaporate the ocean water, leaving a mineral-rich brine. This live
mixture is briskly stimulated by the salt farmer, and dazzling salt crystals
form. The Salt is then gathered by hand using wooden tools. This harvesting
method preserves the vital balance of the minerals found in Unrefined Ocean
Salt. Common table salt lacks minerals and trace elements because it is purified
and refined, leaving only sodium and chloride. After refining, common table salt
is mixed with iodine, bleaching agents, and anti-caking agents to create a
purely white, free-flowing product. Even many salts labeled “sea salt” are
washed or boiled, which removes minerals and trace elements from the salt.
Comparison of the Mineral Elements in Natural Celtic Sea Salt vs. Other Salts
|Minerals||Celtic Salt||Pertialy refined Sea Salt or mined salt||Refined - Table Salt|
Sodium & chlorine (NaCl = Sodium Chloride)
Sulfur, magnesium, calcium & potassium
Carbon, bromine, silicon,nitrogen, ammonium, fluorine, phosphorus, iodine, boron, lithium
Argon, rubidium, copper, barium, helium, indium, molybdenum, nickel, arsenic, uranium, manganese, vanadium, aluminum, cobalt, antimony, silver, zinc, krypton, chromium, mercury, neon, cadmium, erbium, germanium, xenon, scandium, gallium, zirconium, lead, bismuth, niobium, gold, thulium, thallium, Ianthanum, neodymium, thorium, cerium, cesium, terbium, ytterbium, yttrium, dysprosium, selenium, lutetium, hafnium, gadolinium, praseodymium, tin, beryllium, samarium, holmium, tantalum, europium
All chemical additives which bleach, prevent water absorption, stabilize iodine additives, maintain free flow
|none||none||up to 2.5%|
This analysis compiled by combining the research of University of Nantes, the work of Prof. L. C. Kervran, and the book by RenB Quinton, Seawater, OrganicMediwn, published by Library of the Medicine Academy, Paris, France.
Ocean water is currently an average of 2.6% (by weight) percent salt.
Non-refined sea salt contain 95.0% - 98.0 % NaCl (sodium-chloride) and from 2.0% to 5.0% other minerals(salts) : Magnesium salts, Kalium salts, Phosphor salts, Iodine salts that ads to total of 80 Elemnts and trace minerals... This salt have been used since begining of life, by ocean plants, animals and by all your ancestors.
Refined salt is 99.9% NaCl (sodium-chloride), (chemical as clean as Heroin or White Sugar) , and 0.1% of Kalium-Iodide or Potassium-Iodide (added to the salt to avoid Iodine deficiency disease of thyroid gland) and Sugar (added to stabilize Iodine and as anti-caking chemical). Sometimes Aluminum silicate is added. (Percentage is referring to the percentage of dry matter. Salt could have up to 20% water.)
Sodium chloride or what is today called refined table salt (common salt) is the chemical compound NaCl. Chemically, it is 60.663% elemental chlorine (Cl) and 39.337% sodium (Na).
Refined table salt is used last 50-100 years (depend of the country).
How is Ocean Sea Salt Produced?
The ocean is allowed to flood huge, flat, shallow, beds and then the dam is closed to trap the water. The water is then naturally evaporated by the sun & this leaves a layer of sea salt. Dirty brown salt is on the bottom and pretty white salt at the top.
Since most people are used to white salt, they just skim off the top white salt & call it "sea salt". UNFORTUNATELY, the trace minerals are mostly in the brown stuff at the bottom.
Real Ocean Sea Salt is produced from unseparated salt. That is why it is slightly darker.
Celtic Salt, Muramoto Salt and Lima Salt contain also darker salt.
When producing table salt, other mineral salts are used for chemical industry, or are washed back into the sea, or are used for animals. If we humas just could eat as good as animals!?
Natural salt is not white and it is not dry. It is a little gray with minerals and feels damp or clumps in humidity.
How is Minaral Salt Produced?
Mineral salt is mined from thousands of feet below the surface in areas where leyer of mineral salt is tick enough to have reason to build a mine.
Mineral salt can also be harvested by pumping water deep below the surface in areas where layer of salt is discovered. Salty water that comes out, is then used in salt production. Proces is called wacum destilation.
Origin of Salt Leyers
There are two
theories. One says that mineral salt is leyer of salt created after evaporation
of old seas. According to other theory, leyer of mineral salt was created
by chemical reaction.
If you ask me, I prefer Ocean salt.
Salt Intake is Vital
Salt is a vital substance for the survival of all living creatures, particularly humans. Water and salt regulate the water content of the body. Water itself regulates the water content of the interior of the cell by working its way into all of the cells it reaches. It has to get there to cleanse and extract the toxic wastes of cell metabolisms. Salt forces some water to stay outside the cells. It balances the amount of water that stays outside the cells. There are two oceans of water in the body; one ocean is held inside the cells of the body, and the other ocean is held outside the cells. Good health depends on a most delicate balance between the volume of these oceans, and this balance is achieved by salt - unrefined salt.
Vital Functions of Salt in the Body
1. Salt is most effective in stabilizing irregular heartbeats and, Contrary to the misconception that it causes high blood pressure, it is actually essential for the regulation of blood pressure - in conjunction with water. Naturally the proportions are critical.
80 Elements dicovered in Sea Water
|Element Name||Chemical Symbol||Element Name||Chemical Symbol|
|Ref. Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 65th Ed. 1984-1985, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Fl., p. F-149|
Use of salt is as old as human history. Oldest records comes from China. Some 2,700 years B.C.-about 4,700 years ago-there was published in China the PENG-TZAO-KAN-MU. A major portion of this writing discussing of more than 40 kinds of salt, including descriptions of two methods of extracting salt and putting it in usable form that are amazingly similar to processes used today.
People who eat Refined salt develop craving for salt, because, salt that they eat is not satisfying their needs. Than they use more and more salt, in the desperate try to get what they need. Taking big amounts of refined salt (chemical) burden kidneys and adrenal glands that are very important for calcium utilization. Modern physiology has demonstrated that an excess of salt interferes with the absorption of nutrients and depletes calcium, while if used in a moderate doses, salt enhances calcium absorption and nutrient utilization in general.
It is known that absorption of calcium depends on the health of the kidney-adrenal function and that calcium metabolism is of essential importance for the health of the nerves, muscles, heart, vascular system, and bones. Simply. the whole body is dependant on Calcium uptake.
Low-Salt Diet a Risk?
London, March 12 - A low-salt diet may not be so healthy after all. Defying a generation of health advice, a controversial new study concludes that the less salt people eat, the higher their risk of untimely death.
Natural salt is not white and it is not dry. It is a little gray with minerals and feels damp or clumps in humidity. It must be labeled UNREFINED, NO ADDITIVES ADDED.
Following are two sources of unrefined salt:
Redmond Minerals, Inc.
The Grain and Salt Society
TOP ESSENTIALS of LIFE
1. Oxygen 2. Water 3. Salt 4. Potassium 5. Exercise 6. Oils
FACT - No one can live without these. Mainstream medicine too often ignores 2 & 3 in favor of selling drugs and procedures to treat the symptoms of dehydration.
Sodium chloride or what is today called table salt (common salt) is the
chemical compound NaCl.
|Elements in Light
Grey Celtic Sea Salt®, in milligrams per 1/4 teaspoon (one serving
Our most recent analysis demonstrated that Celtic Sea Salt® contained at least 75 minerals and trace elements. The following lists the most predominant elements revealed by this analysis.
This is a partial analysis, if you are interested in the full analysis please call us. Light Grey Celtic Sea Salt® contains 33% Sodium, 50.9% Chloride, 1.8% Minerals and Trace Elements and 14.3% moisture. Analysis performed by Western Analysis, Inc. for The Grain & Salt Society®. For verification: Western Analysis, Inc. 2417 South 2700 West Salt Lake City, UT 84119 (801)973-9238 Fax (801) 973-7635
About the minerals and trace elements:
Although certain body processes are attributed to certain minerals, each mineral needs one or more other minerals to properly function. For instance, a proper calcium-phosphorus balance is necessary to the body in that an imbalance reduces resistance to disease, increases fatigue, weakens intellectual faculties and leads to premature ageing. Magnesium can only be used if calcium and phosphorus are in a proper balance. An overabundance of one mineral can result in a deficiency of another. Obtaining minerals from whole food sources provides the body with the wide variety of minerals it needs. Supplementing with one or two minerals is rarely a good idea unless it is under the supervision of a doctor or nutritional counselor.