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Health Benefits of
Kala Namak
( Black Salt)
Health Benefits of Black Salt.
Black Salt is NOT Black in color. It is Pinkish Orange. Black salt is considered a cooling spice in ayurvedic medicine and is used as a laxative and digestive aid. It is also believed to relieve intestinal gas and heartburn. It is sometimes used by people with high blood pressure or on low-salt diets because it is thought to be lower in sodium and purportedly does not increase sodium content in the blood.
This is used as a stool softener and is a remedy for constipation. Hypertensive patients are also advised to use black salt instaed of common salt.
Black salt is a very common item available in the Kitchen in North India.
How Black Salt is Made?
Black Salt is made from Harad seeds. Harad seeds are considered aphrodisiac in ayurvedic medicine and helps lowering blood pressure and inflammation. The reason for this effect can be attributed to sulfurous compounds in Harad which ultimately become part of black salt during manufacturing process. (meaning of aphrodisiac: An aphrodisiac is a substance which is used in the belief that it increases sexual desire) See the picture of Harad fruit.
Harad Tree:This tree yields smallish, ribbed and nut-like fruits which are picked when still green and then pickled, boiled with a little added sugar in their own syrup or used in preserves or concotions. The seed of the fruit, which has an elliptical shape, is an abrasive seed enveloped by a fleshy and firm pulp. It is regarded as a universal panacea in the Ayurvedic Medicine. It is reputed to cure blindness and it is believed to inhibit the growth of malignant tumours (some people say black salt is made from volcanic rocks)
How Black Salt is made from Harad fruit?
Black salt is prepared by boiling harad seeds in brine, and then letting the remaining water evaporate. The residual crystalline salt is black, hence the name. When ground into a powder, it becomes pink. Chemically, black salt is sodium sulfide, with trace minerals. It is also produced as by product from manufacturing of sodium thiosulphate.

The Harad fruit and Nuts from which Black salt is made.
Too much is NOT good.
Finally, Even though it is a remedy for constipation, but too much of its use may end up with diarrhea or loose motion. Hypertensive patients are also advised to use black salt instead of common salt.Again, too much of use may cause low BP.
By the way, you should not use this article for medical or legal purpose. It is given for the general knowledge. The information given here may not have proved clinically.
Don't consider this article for medico purpose. The informaton given here need not be true, because, most of the information given here are NOT proven clinically.
Posted By : Preeti Chennai
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