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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.