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Himalayan crystal salt, which is harvested from the mountains of Pakistan, is prized for its mineral content and health benefits. Its pale pink hue makes it easily recognizable and distinguishes it from other salt varietals. It also carries a heftier price tag than regular salt. Why?
Unlike table salt, which undergoes a chemical cleaning process to remove impurities, Himalayan crystal salt is a naturally occurring salt that contains 84 minerals. It is also rich in iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus - elements necessary for good health - and contains traces of zinc, fluoride, iodine, selenium, copper and boron, as noted by Livestrong.
These characteristics in Himalayan crystal salt contribute to vascular health, promote a stable Ph balance, increase bone strength and promote kidney and gallbladder health among other things, according to the Global Healing Center. Additionally, the pink salt is used for removing toxins and pollutants from the body through mineral baths and other natural preparations.
Himalayan crystal salt can be used just like table salt to season your favorite foods. If you do splurge on this gourmet salt be sure to store it properly in a dark, dry place.