So what is so special about the salt existing in the Dead Sea?
The Dead Sea salt is rich with essential minerals like magnesium, calcium, sulfur, bromide, sodium, potassium and iodine, which have been proved in research as beneficial to the body and particularly to the body skin, the hair and the nails.
There is a reason why salt from the Dead Sea is much more expensive than regular sea salt from any other sea or ocean in the world. The reason is the very high concentration of mineral present in the salt. While regular sea salt is about 90% Sodium (which accounts for it's salty taste), salt extracted from the waters of the Dead Sea is only about 10% Sodium with the other 90% accounting for other minerals which are essential for proper skin function, but which are present in very small quantities in regular sea salt.
So what are these minerals exactly and what do they do?
Many of the twenty one minerals are present in trace form, however the six minerals listed below are present in much larger concentration. Below we go over what each mineral's general biological function is:
Magnesium Chloride: Stimulates protein synthesis. This allows for quicker natural regeneration of healthy skin tissue. Essential for skin cell metabolism, this also provides some anti-allergic and anti-inflamatory benefits. Also vital in helping the cells process other nutrients and vitamins.
Potassium Chloride: Assists the cells in expelling waste and toxins. Potassium is also a major factor in regulating muscle function and the nervous system. Allows the skin to properly maintain an optimal moisture balance to reduce over drying or overoilyness. Signs of potassium deficiency include abnormally dry, patchy skin as well as the the opposite extreme - oily skin and acne.
Sulfur: Sulfur is an essential mineral for enabling cells to breathe oxygen as well as convert toxins into non toxic particles. The presence of sulfur is vital to the synthesis of collagen - an important compound for skin health.
Sodium Chloride: Sodium plays a detoxifying role, allowing cells to expel toxins by converting them into waste. Also essential for the absorption of other nutrients.
Bromide: Has natural anti-biotic properties and helps with the rebuilding of cell in the body.
Zinc: Facilitates skin renewal and stimulates collagen and elastin synthesis. Has some anti-inflamatory and natural uv ray blocker properties.
Calcium: Plays an important roll in cell protection as well as cell membrane permeability, thereby allowing for better absorption of nutrients.