Be it pain puri or snacks, adding a pinch of kala namak or black salt adds a unique flavour. However, there's more to black salt than just imparting taste and flavour. Ms Rina Baliga, Dietician, Fitness First India, explains common health benefits of kala namak.
Relieves indigestion and heartburn: As black salt is high in sulphur compounds, it can relieve gastric discomfort. It also acts as a digestive stimulant, which balances acid production in the stomach and hence, relieves stomach complications like indigestion, gas trouble, heartburn and flatulence.
Can treat goitre: Black salt also contains iodine, which plays a key role in lowering your risk of goitre and also aids in the treatment of iodine-deficiency, which is one of the common causes of goitre. Hence, adding a pinch of black salt in diet might help you to fight goitre.
Regulates blood pressure: Low in sodium content, black salt is considered better than regular salt to regulate your blood pressure level. Being said that, it is important not to overload your salt intake to more than two teaspoons a day.
Treats iron-deficiency anaemia: Unlike regular salt, black salt is loaded with minerals like iron, which helps in maintaining the iron intake in the body. And hence, including iron-rich black salt in the diet can help you prevent iron deficiency and treat anaemia caused due to iron-deficiency.
Soothes muscle cramps: Black salt is also known to maintain electrolyte balance in the body as it also contains potassium. And hence, muscle cramps caused due to fluid and salt imbalance in the body can be dealt with by adding black salt to your diet.