Scientists in the United States have been conducting tests on a strange substance known as bath salt. As reported in the Los Angeles Times, the salt is extracted from the Dead Sea by using "a powerful vacuum cleaner." The resultant salt has been tested in laboratories and the results are, at first glance, rather puzzling. What's more, some of the salt in question seems to come from a wide variety of salt rocks and not from a single source.
Unlike most salts, Dead Sea salt contains magnesium oxide. Scientists studying the substance found that it contained low concentrations of manganese oxide and that iron oxide was also present. In other words, the Dead Sea salt appears to be composed primarily of magnesium oxide. Another interesting discovery made by scientists was that the magnesium oxide in the salt is stabilized with an ionic liquid which is produced by the human body.
What makes Dead Sea salt so appealing is that it contains trace elements of other elements. In the laboratory, the magnesium oxide seems to be similar to olivine, one of the minerals found in the Earth's crust. This means that Dead Sea salt is truly a mineral. Scientists have also found that Dead Sea salt is fairly well homogeneous with a high water content. In other words, it looks and feels like a rock.
Dead Sea salt is not likely to do any good for anyone looking to lose weight. In fact, the substance will stimulate appetite. Still, it could be an interesting supplement for those who suffer from arthritis. It may also help those who are suffering from cramps, pain, nausea, and diarrhea.
Because of its mineral content, Dead Sea salt has been used by orthodox Jewish people for many years. The medicinal qualities of the salt are claimed to be effective in aiding digestion. This, in turn, may help relieve constipation. Researchers at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem discovered that the mineral content of the salt had the ability to heal wounds and the walls of the stomach and colon.
The Dead Sea salt in these experiments is very effective in healing wounds, but did not show any healing effect on healthy intestinal walls. Scientists think that the salt will be most effective in healing burns. Dead Sea salt will also be of benefit to those who suffer from arthritis. The mineral content of the salt appears to increase the effectiveness of the active ingredient of Omega-3 fatty acids.
Other natural health products include a high amount of magnesium and potassium in the product. Scientific studies have shown that magnesium and potassium increase blood pressure. The blood pressure can be reduced by as much as two-thirds. According to one report, the same magnesium and potassium supplement produced six times the blood pressure lowering effect of diet supplements containing the active ingredient of Ester-C, which was originally used to treat high blood pressure.
Another advantage of Dead Sea salt, according to Dr. Albert Perle, is that it helps eliminate toxins from the body. While it is difficult to quantify exactly how many toxins there are in the body, there is no doubt that the ratio of toxins to healthy cells is about one hundred to one. Since this is an advantage, it may also be a disadvantage. It is hard to see how an excess of toxins in the body would be beneficial.
In a study conducted at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, it was found that there was a high concentration of protein in the blood of those who consumed red meat regularly. The protein, if present in a supplement form, may interfere with the absorption of iron and zinc. Researchers concluded that the supplement might cause "toxicity" and urged dietitians to be aware of the dangers of the red meat.
Dead Sea salt is particularly useful for women, since its high potassium content allows them to become pregnant and breastfeed. Unfortunately, this does not apply to men. If the woman becomes pregnant, the fluid is too concentrated to provide any benefit to the fetus. The risk to the baby, however, is relatively low and will be cleared up by a prenatal vitamin.