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Experiences with Celtic Sea Salt™ ?

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Created November 02, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Anyone had experience with this salt? Bee's candida diet is a big fan of it. I just found a place to make international orders. I will update this post when I tested it.

You can find the composition of the salt here : composition

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704 · July 17, 2013 at 4:39 PM

FWIW-- maybe not much-- I find the DRAs for most vitamins and minerals pretty absurd. Hitting those numbers with regular food is pretty much impossible to do regularly. So why would our bodies be designed to demand those levels? Sure, I guess it is possible our genetic optimum could be reached with such levels, but then I am assuming the same people that recommend the SAD have these figured right.

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3280 · May 06, 2012 at 2:29 PM

@matthew: I just looked at my Morton's Salt: 1/2 tsp (which is half your sodium for the day) gives you 90% your iodine for the day!

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8953 · March 19, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Iodine used to be in the soil, until it got depleted. There's water everywhere btw. There's also iodine in organ meats if I'm not mistaking.

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8953 · March 17, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Probably because I'm an idiot. Edit whatever you want...

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17005 · March 17, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Why the copyright symbol? I can understand a trademark symbol, but copyright?

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2417 · March 17, 2012 at 2:45 AM

But can't we get those minerals from other sources, too? eg. nettles and other mineral rich foods?

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2417 · March 17, 2012 at 2:44 AM

I can't stand the smell of iodized salt. I am just going to suck it up and start eating more seaweed. I think the celtic sea salt thing is pure marketing.

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11099 · November 04, 2011 at 2:04 AM

I didn't say high mineral content, just other minerals. I know that often times people with high blood pressure who switch nothing but table salt for unrefined sea salt see significant lowering of their blood pressure. It also makes sense to eat salt that is left over from dehydrating sea water versus a highly processed and refined product. Here is a very interesting article all about salt: http://www.westonaprice.org/vitamins-and-minerals/the-salt-of-the-earth

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4359 · November 03, 2011 at 7:13 PM

Not so sure about this -- My instinct was that the mineral amounts that some salts advertise are just gimmicks.

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8953 · November 03, 2011 at 8:34 AM

I get my iodine from dulse. Has quite some potassium too, and quite some B6.

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19220 · November 03, 2011 at 3:42 AM

Thanks Eugenia, that is really interesting. Maybe there is more added in American salts? The only ones I've seen have 15% of the RDA in 1/2 a teaspoonful.

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11682 · November 03, 2011 at 1:45 AM

The cheap salt I'm having here has 45% of the RDA for 1/4 teaspoon. I think that's pretty good actually. Compared to the Celtic salt, it's much richer in iodine. And since I need more iodine than I need the rest of the minerals (that I get from other sources easier), this bag of Celtic Salt I bought based on the hype, it will be my last.

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19220 · November 03, 2011 at 1:35 AM

Even iodised salt does not add all that much iodine to your diet unless you add quite a bit of salt to your food.

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19220 · November 02, 2011 at 11:46 PM

Do you know of any good analysis of those salts showing high mineral content? The ones I have seen show a rather insignificant levels of minerals other than sodium and chloride.

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11099 · November 02, 2011 at 11:20 PM

Refined salt gives the body too much sodium chloride due to its lack of other minerals for balance.

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19220 · November 02, 2011 at 9:35 PM

I love the salt composition table. I have never seen anything measured in micrograms per pound before. You have to love the mixing of metric and imperial.

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3946 · November 02, 2011 at 9:29 PM

I switched to regular salt after using sea salt for one year, because of this very reason.

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19220 · November 03, 2011 at 1:27 AM

I am currently using an English sea salt from Cornwall and in the past I have used Maldon sea salt, Welsh sea salt, English rock salt and Himalayan rock salt. All of these unrefined salts have different textures, grain sizes, shapes and slight variations in taste.

I will clearly state that I like and use traditionally made artisan salts.

However I do not treat them as a source of minerals other than sodium and chloride and I am doubtful of other claimed health benefits from these salts for the following reasons:


Mineral composition tables will vary but using the one posted in the question the most abundant element after sodium and chloride is magnesium.

Magnesium was present at 0.441%

At this concentration 4 grams (about 1 teaspoon) of the salt contains only 17.64 micrograms (mcg) of magnesium.

The recommended daily intake of magnesium is 400 mcg so while 17 mcg adds a bit it is not very significant unless you are eating a very large amount of salt and is unlikely to have any noticeable effects on someones health.

After magnesium the next most abundant element is potassium at 0.227%

So 4 grams of salt will contain 9.08 mcg of potassium. Again this is an insignificant amount of this mineral in terms of health.

Pretty much all of the rest of the elements present from the sea water are in even smaller amounts.


I have seen similar low levels of elements in other unrefined rock salts. Sea salts can contain a higher magnesium content but this causes a rather unpleasant bitter taste and so is avoided. Many people exaggerate the trace mineral content of unrefined salts for marketing purposes.

Sea salt is not a good source of iodine unless this has been artificially added. Sea water is actually quite low in iodine and it easily evaporates away during the evaporation of water while making the salt.

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704 · July 17, 2013 at 4:39 PM

FWIW-- maybe not much-- I find the DRAs for most vitamins and minerals pretty absurd. Hitting those numbers with regular food is pretty much impossible to do regularly. So why would our bodies be designed to demand those levels? Sure, I guess it is possible our genetic optimum could be reached with such levels, but then I am assuming the same people that recommend the SAD have these figured right.

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938 · November 02, 2011 at 11:26 PM

I get Celtic Sea Salt from Amazon and love the taste and the fact that it has less sodium and more minerals than table salt. Here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000SWVKAE

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8255 · November 02, 2011 at 10:32 PM

IMHO, other than the usual salt needs, salt is salt. You only get the different varieties for different flavoring. I think that as long as you have a regular diet, anyone telling you X salt is better for health reasons is full of it.

The only possible exception being iodized salt, and that's a special case (not related to salt). If you eat shrimp or the like on a regular basis, that's covered.

i.e. get Celtic salt if you like the flavor. Don't get it because you think you'll cure a host of ills.

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2417 · March 17, 2012 at 2:45 AM

But can't we get those minerals from other sources, too? eg. nettles and other mineral rich foods?

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11099 · November 02, 2011 at 11:20 PM

Refined salt gives the body too much sodium chloride due to its lack of other minerals for balance.

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11682 · November 02, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Mine arrived yesterday. I used it on some fried beef steaks, it had an earthy salty taste rather than just "salt". The only thing that bothers me is that it doesn't have enough iodine in it. I personally don't have enough iodine in my diet (it's almond impossible to get enough if you don't also eat processed food), so this is a minus for me.

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3280 · May 06, 2012 at 2:29 PM

@matthew: I just looked at my Morton's Salt: 1/2 tsp (which is half your sodium for the day) gives you 90% your iodine for the day!

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2417 · March 17, 2012 at 2:44 AM

I can't stand the smell of iodized salt. I am just going to suck it up and start eating more seaweed. I think the celtic sea salt thing is pure marketing.

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8953 · November 03, 2011 at 8:34 AM

I get my iodine from dulse. Has quite some potassium too, and quite some B6.

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19220 · November 03, 2011 at 3:42 AM

Thanks Eugenia, that is really interesting. Maybe there is more added in American salts? The only ones I've seen have 15% of the RDA in 1/2 a teaspoonful.

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11682 · November 03, 2011 at 1:45 AM

The cheap salt I'm having here has 45% of the RDA for 1/4 teaspoon. I think that's pretty good actually. Compared to the Celtic salt, it's much richer in iodine. And since I need more iodine than I need the rest of the minerals (that I get from other sources easier), this bag of Celtic Salt I bought based on the hype, it will be my last.

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19220 · November 03, 2011 at 1:35 AM

Even iodised salt does not add all that much iodine to your diet unless you add quite a bit of salt to your food.

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3946 · November 02, 2011 at 9:29 PM

I switched to regular salt after using sea salt for one year, because of this very reason.

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15385 · March 17, 2012 at 12:09 PM

I got some of this a while back, and like the flavor, but it was too coarse for many applications, for example sprinkling it on meat before cooking it resulted in crunchy bits of salt after cooking. I tried grinding it or pulverizing it in a mortar and pestle before use, but that is a nuisance.

Now I look for "Fleur de Sal" which is sea salt that comes in flakes which are finer and dissolve quicker.

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10 · March 17, 2012 at 12:29 AM

I had the same question about Iodine. I emailed selin anaturally.com where I buy my Celtic Sea Salt from. Here is the answer I received. Maybe it might help some.

Hello.

I received your email concerning Iodine content in our sea salt. I have attached the latest salt analysis. You???ll see that iodine does not occur in large amounts naturally in salt. In most cases, if you find a salt that has iodine in it, it has been added after the fact. Iodine is a necessity in our diet but one does not need it in large amounts. We do offer a supplement.

http://www.selinanaturally.com/Iodoral-180-tablets-P1921.aspx

http://www.selinanaturally.com/Iodoral-90-tablets-P1920.aspx

In addition, we have a natural food source that is among the highest sources of naturally occurring iodine. That being kelp. We offer it in dehydrated and granulated form that can be added to foods as a seasoning.

http://www.selinanaturally.com/Organic-Kelp-Sprinkles-15-oz-P866.aspx

Give us a call if we can help you fill your dietary needs!

Salt Well to Live Well!

Ever since I started using Celtic Sea Salt I've noticed that my hands and ankles don't swell like they did while using regular processed table salt. I have high blood pressure and absolutely could not give up using salt so I switched to Celtic Sea Salt and haven't had any problems from it. I've been using it for several years now. I don't know if I need an iodine supplement but I don't seem to have problems so far.

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11099 · November 02, 2011 at 11:17 PM

Real sea salt has a plethora of minerals in it that really help with electrolyte balance in the body, and so many other processes...I think it's nice to have several salts on hand from a variety of origins, because each will have a slightly different mineral profile. I generally use Celtic, Himalayan, and Real salt, and whenever I eat refined salt anymore, it just tastes too ,well, salty!

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11099 · November 04, 2011 at 2:04 AM

I didn't say high mineral content, just other minerals. I know that often times people with high blood pressure who switch nothing but table salt for unrefined sea salt see significant lowering of their blood pressure. It also makes sense to eat salt that is left over from dehydrating sea water versus a highly processed and refined product. Here is a very interesting article all about salt: http://www.westonaprice.org/vitamins-and-minerals/the-salt-of-the-earth

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4359 · November 03, 2011 at 7:13 PM

Not so sure about this -- My instinct was that the mineral amounts that some salts advertise are just gimmicks.

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19220 · November 02, 2011 at 11:46 PM

Do you know of any good analysis of those salts showing high mineral content? The ones I have seen show a rather insignificant levels of minerals other than sodium and chloride.

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37177 · November 02, 2011 at 9:49 PM

I've been using RealSalt, which has interesting specks and colors. I'm really enjoying it but I use powdered kelp (or seafood) on my salads to add iodine. Anyhow, I looked at a product labeled Celtic salt but it looked much more processed than what I'm eating so I'm sticking with what I like.

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178 · July 17, 2013 at 4:29 PM

I remember reading something from ray peat about how celtic sea salt is contaminated with heavy metals. Anyone know anything about that?

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10 · July 17, 2013 at 2:47 PM

I personally like Organic Celtic Sea Salt and both eat it on food and have used it for the "Master Cleanse." It doesn't have any iodine added, but I've heard that iodized salt is not good for you anyway; you should just get more iodine in your diet or take a supplement if necessary.

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15 · March 19, 2012 at 6:43 PM

So I have a question. If hunter/gathers did not eat salt nor did they eat seafood or kelp, etc. (the people that did not live near the water) then how did they get iodine?

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8953 · March 19, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Iodine used to be in the soil, until it got depleted. There's water everywhere btw. There's also iodine in organ meats if I'm not mistaking.

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