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Why you should (or shouldn’t) switch to mineral-rich Celtic salt to control high blood pressure | Food-wine news

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High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a common health condition that affects many people in India and around the world. One of the leading causes of serious health risks such as heart disease, stroke and kidney problems, it occurs when the constant high force of the blood puts pressure on the walls of the arteries. Its management often involves lifestyle changes, including dietary adjustments.

One nutritional approach that has gained attention on social media is the use of Celtic salt as an alternative to regular table salt. Australian alternative health care promoter Barbara O’Neill strongly advocates switching to this salt for people suffering from high blood pressure. “Celtic salt has 82 minerals. It is a hand-harvested sea salt, so the minerals in the Celtic salt are in their balanced form,” she suggests.

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So should you switch to this mineral-rich salt?

Dr. Srinivas Janam, internal medicine specialist at DHEE Hospitals, confirms that Celtic salt is known for its broad spectrum of trace elements, including magnesium, calcium and potassium, which are less common in table salt. “These minerals may play a role heart health by helping to relax blood vessels and improve blood flow, potentially lowering blood pressure,” he says.

Plus, unlike regular table salt, which contains mainly sodium chloride, he adds, the extra minerals in Celtic salt help balance sodium’s negative effects. For example, potassium helps reduce the effects of dietary sodium by aiding the excretion of sodium through the urine and by helping blood vessel walls relax.

Potential health effects of consuming table salt

Problems with the production process: Normal table salt often undergoes a refining process involving substances such as bleach and anti-caking agents such as aluminum derivativesaccording to Dr. Janam, which some consumers may want to avoid due to potential health concerns.

Comparison with natural salts: Celtic and Himalayan salts are often marketed as more natural, he says, containing a range of other minerals without the chemical additives found in table salt. These natural salts are touted for their purity and minimal processing, which preserves their mineral complexity.

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Celtic salt Individuals taking blood pressure medications should carefully monitor their salt intake (Source: Freepik)

Risks and considerations with Celtic salt

Dr. Janam cautions, “Always consider discussing dietary changes with a healthcare provider, especially for conditions that may be affected by increased salt intake.” He adds the reasons why one should be careful when consuming Celtic salt:

*Sodium content: Despite the beneficial minerals, still Celtic salt contains sodium, which can increase blood pressure if used excessively. Patients with hypertension or heart disease should use Celtic salt as cautiously as table salt.

*Medication Interactions: Individuals taking blood pressure medications should carefully monitor their salt intake, as excess sodium may counteract the effectiveness of some antihypertensive medications.

*Medical Advice: As with any dietary change, it is essential that people with health conditions or medications consult a doctor before making significant changes to their salt intake.