Does Himalayan Salt Cause High Blood Pressure?

For years, we’ve been told that you don’t want to consume because it will lead to high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and heart attacks. New studies, however, indicate that too little salt is worse than too much. Turns out that Ben Franklin was dead on with “all things (including salt) in moderation.”

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Science Based Medicine did a great job outlining the studies here, but here’s the Reader’s Digest version:

  • Association of Urinary Sodium and Potassium Excretion with Blood Pressure, by Mente et al. found that subjects eating less than 3 grams of salt per day didn’t have high blood pressure.
  • Urinary Sodium and Potassium Excretion, Mortality, and Cardiovascular Events, by O-Donnell et al. noticed that were more deaths from cardiovascular events from people who had very little salt compared to those who ate large amounts of salt.
  • Global Sodium Consumption and Death from Cardiovascular Causes, by Mozaffarian et al. found that the lowest risk of death from cardiovascular events were from people who consumed 3 to 6 grams of salt based upon the data from hundreds of studies.

Do you need to be concerned about high blood pressure, or worse, if you’re eating tons of salt? Yep.

Do you need to be even more concerned about high blood pressure, or worse, if you’re not eating enough salt? Yep.

If you’re like me, ‘a gram,’ doesn’t quite compute. Check out this image from The Kitchn, which gives you a good visual idea, though with table salt, of how much we are talking about for a gram:

The Kitchn found that a gram of salt is about 1/6th of a teaspoon. Going by the last study, then, drinking a teaspoon of Himalayan salt in water in the morning would be a daily intake of salt associated with the least mortality from heart attacks for example.

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