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Stomach ailments? Black salt to the rescue!

A major ingredient in our chatpata masalas, black salt not only adds a zinc to your food, it ups your health quotient too. This wonder helps in digestion issues and being alkaline in nature, reverses acidity in the system. Here, we reveal the benefits of black salt…

Is black salt healthier than table salt?

Table salt is basically a refined iodine salt where the iodine lends a certain appealing flavour. Though black salt too contains this nutrient, the amount is insignificant. Having said that, this wonder has within it 94 important trace minerals, making it healthier than table salt. Additionally, kala namak contains iron content which is useful in the production of hemoglobin (RBC). Thus, helpful for people suffering from anemia, weakness or other blood disorders.

Wait there is more when it comes to benefits of black salt…as its sodium content is negligible, it is preferred salt for those suffering from blood pressure.  The trace mineral that the salt contains makes it best suited for heart patients. Though, it is always advisable to consult your doctor if you have any conditions.

What is kala namak or Black salt exactly?

A type of rock salt, black salt is a variety of Indian volcanic stone salt. It is also referred to Himalayan black salt. What makes it unique and beneficial is its sulfurous component. Primarily grayish in colour, it also has pinkish and light purplish tinge due to the iron and other trace minerals within. This ingredient has a queer pungent sulfurous odor and, as you may have guessed, is an acquired smell.

Ideal for stomach related disorders:

Kala namak works as a great digestive. It works to balance the organic production of acids in the stomach and stimulates the bile secretion helping to increase appetite and digest food. It is a perfect answer to curing constipation naturally without causing stomach irritation. Thanks to its medicinal properties, this ingredient aids in reliving digestive ailment, indigestion, loss of appetite, flatulence, heartburn, gas and abdominal distension.

Works best in cases of acidity and heart burn:

As a digestive stimulant is also working wonders when you are suffering from acidity and heartburn giving relief. It brings down acid reflux and works to balance the acid secretion in the stomach. To enhance its effect, add some dhania, jeera and saunf seeds for maximum benefits.

Gas, Flatulence & Abdominal Distension

Black salt reduces intestinal gas and flatulence due to its anti-flatulent characteristic. It also helps heaviness in the abdomen after the meal. If you have any of these problems, then you can use black salt with lemon water to improve digestion. It builds up a healthy immune system and regulates gastrointestinal tract.

Anemia

Black salt contains small amounts of iron compounds, which are highly beneficial for iron deficiency anemia.  It is good to remember that most Indian women suffer from anemia, so it would be great to switch to or alternate between kala namak and table salt.

So, if you are suffering from any stomach disorders, it would be beneficial to switch to black salt at least for a while or mix black salt with your regular table salt to maximise its effect.

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