Purple Bamboo Salt: Is It The Best Salt on Earth?

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Bamboo Salt

Researchers have found bamboo salt useful for viral infections,
allergies, sinusitis, dental and gum disease, and diabetes.

First there was the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. Then we learned to make fire. And, then came salt, the world’s first super food.

Scholars say that salt was the bedrock of the human civilization. As the original food preservative, salt allowed humans to travel long distances carrying their own food supply. It was so highly valued in the ancient world, it was used as currency. It kept empires and their armies going. Like today’s crude oil, salt was so valuable that wars were fought over it.

Common salt is composed of two electrolyte minerals: sodium and chloride. Sea salt has small amounts of magnesium and calcium, in addition to sodium and chloride. Other types of salts have combinations of different minerals. Himalayan salt, for example, contains at least ten different minerals, including iron oxide that gives it a pink color.

The Challenge of Making Bamboo Salt

Bamboo salt, called Jukyeom, is a traditional Korean food additive processed by using sun-dried sea salt and bamboo. Though used for generations in Asian cultures, a traditional Korean herbalist first developed the modern form in 1917.

To make purple bamboo salt, dried sea salt is packed in green bamboo, the ends of the tubes are capped with a special mineral-rich clay, and then the bamboo is roasted as many as nine times in special pine-wood kilns. The final color varies from light to dark violet, therefore the name “purple bamboo salt.”

It’s a pain-staking process, but is the end product worth adding to your diet?

Nutritional Value of Bamboo Salt

Compared to other salts, bamboo salt is higher in minerals including iron, silicon, potassium, and phosphate. Analysis reveals more than eighty trace minerals. And, it’s slightly lower in sodium than pure sea salt.

Bamboo salt is also highly alkaline with a pH of great than 11. In comparison, common table salt has a pH value of 7, and sea salt water has a pH of 8.

Therapeutic Uses for Bamboo Salt

In traditional Korean medicine, a branch of Chinese medicine, bamboo salt is used to treat many common health complaints, including allergies, and for body detoxification.

Researchers have found bamboo salt useful for viral infections, allergies, sinusitis, dental and gum disease, and diabetes. It has a regulating effect on the immune system, balancing T-Helper lymphocytes and inhibiting the body’s immune chemistry that lowers inflammation.

Benefits of Bamboo Salt:

  • Helps alkalize body systems
  • Reduces allergic reactions
  • Helps lower cholesterol levels
  • Reduces dental plaque and prevents gingivitis (mouthwash)
  • Lowers inflammation
  • Clears up sinusitis (nasal rinse)
  • Prevents bacterial and fungal infections (scrub for skin)
  • Improves glucose tolerance
  • Reduces joint and muscle pain (bath)
  • Lessens sore throat (gargle)

Like all salt, it has antiseptic properties. That’s why dentists recommend sea salt mouthwashes after tooth extraction, or for the management of gum disease. Bamboo salt has the added advantage of a high concentration of trace minerals to support tissue repair. It also helps manage bacterial and fungal infections.

Daily Use of Bamboo Salt

Daily use of small amounts of bamboo salt is healthy for the body, but it’s pricey. The more times it’s roasted, the higher the price. Including small amounts of bamboo salt in your daily diet to manage inflammation—the cause of most chronic diseases—may be worth it, though.

Use purple bamboo salt as a mouthwash, gargle with it for a sore throat, add it to your neti pot to rinse sinuses, and use as a body scrub or footbath. As an alkalizer, add a pinch to your green juices during a detox program.

There are no reported adverse effects of using bamboo salt. In fact, unlike regular salt, it’s not associated with high blood pressure. Overuse for weight loss or excessive alkalizing can result in hypernatremia, however, a life-threatening electrolyte condition caused by too much sodium in the blood. Excess sodium can result in water loss leading to dehydration.

Bamboo salt is an Asian food additive and potentially a new superfood with health promoting properties. Though replacing sea salt with bamboo salt may be too pricey for daily use in cooking, or even sprinkling on foods to improve flavor, its health giving value make it worth the cost.

Dr. J. E. Williams

J. E. WILLIAMS, OMD, FAAIM

Dr. Williams is a pioneer in integrative and functional medicine, the author of six books, and a practicing clinician with over 100,000 patient visits. His areas of interest include longevity and viral immunity. Formerly from San Diego, he now resides in Sarasota, Florida and practices at the Florida Integrative Medical Center. He teaches at NOVA Southeastern University and Emperor’s College of Oriental Medicine.

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  1. June Hanson says:

    Who would have known that salt could be so interesting?. Only you, my Dear Doctor. I use Himalayan salt only once in awhile, because of high blood pressure. To think that purple salt, is good for high blood pressure, almost blows my mind. I substitute onions, garlic, herbs in place of salt. Greatest teacher that walked on earth, taught in parables, saying, Ye are the salt of the earth, if the salt looses its flavor, what good is it? As you did such a great job introducing us to this great salt.. Look at the process this purple salt went through, to bring us all those healing qualities? Sure, its pricey, precious, anything worth having, comes with sacrifice, pain, but, oh the results in the end, are worth it! The sacrifices, you have gone through as a Doctor, with your research, to bring healing plants, natural methods to your patients. Those who read your writings, books, are rewarded if they follow through with your instructions. Your labor of love, does not go unappreciated, by this patient of yours. Bringing healing to my body, when there was no hope. Motivating, inspiring keeping me going, even now, with the terrible stress, I am going through. Yes you, are, the Salt of the earth, that keeps me going!

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