Is Himalayan salt healthy? Or at least better than ionized table salt?

Ask the Pritikin Health Experts

Entrepreneurs love to market products from other areas around the globe and ploy us into believing that they are a better, healthier choice. Is Himalayan salt healthy? A must-have for our pantries? Find out.

Does the iron in Himalayan salt make it healthier that table salt?

Himalayan salt is a pink salt mined in the Himalayan Mountains. It is 95 to 98% sodium chloride. Its pink color appears largely due to traces of iron.

Is Himalayan salt healthy?

First of all, it’s important to understand that all salts are essentially sodium-chloride. And it is high intakes of sodium-chloride that have been repeatedly found to raise blood pressure, which dramatically raises our risk of heart attacks, strokes, and many other serious health concerns.

Himalayan salt is a pink salt mined in the Himalayan Mountains. It is 95 to 98% sodium chloride. Its pink color appears largely due to traces of iron.

There is no reason to believe that Himalayan salt or any other sea salt is any better than iodized table salt despite the fact that it may cost 100 times more than table salt.

Table Salt vs. Himalayan Salt

Is Himalayan salt healthy? There is no reason to believe that Himalayan salt is any better than table salt despite the fact that it may cost 100 times more than table salt.

Both the American Heart Association and the Pritikin Longevity Center recommend that nearly all Americans consume no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day. It doesn’t really matter whether that sodium comes largely from plain old iodized table salt or from pricey Himalayan sea salt. If you exceed that 1,500-milligram daily level of sodium, it is likely to contribute to:

  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Kidney stone formation
  • Osteoporosis
  • Atrophic gastritis (chronic inflammation of the stomach’s lining)
  • Acid reflux
  • Headaches
  • Senility
  • Strokes
  • Heart attacks
  • Heart failure
  • Kidney failure

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