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Israel Dead Sea Salt Information

 

 

Israeli Dead Sea Salt Information

Dead Sea Salts are 100% natural and contain the highest natural mineral content available on the market today Our Dead Sea Salts have not been bleached, mineral depleted, or refined in any way.

 

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Data Sheet for Israeli Dead Sea Salt 

In ancient times, nomads traveled the desert to enjoy the soothing baths of the Dead Sea salts. Royalty also traveled for miles to take advantage of the Dead Sea salts that they believed restored their youth. They dubbed the Dead Sea salts “the fountain of youth”. It was known in Biblical times as the Eastern Sea, the Romans called it Mare Mortuum, and the Israeli Geographic office called it The Sea of Salt.

The Dead Sea as it is commonly known is in a secluded location. The Dead Sea is near Jerusalem in the Judean Desert. The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth and so the Dead Sea salt was spared the ravages of modern pollution and environmental impact. The Dead Sea is actually a gift of nature, a place of health and beauty forever. Some of the same salts found in human cells are located in the Dead Sea salts. These synonymous Dead Sea salts or minerals are calcium, potassium, magnesium, sodium and iron, sulphur, phosphorus and chlorine. These same compatible components with the Dead Sea salt most beneficial and produce a rejuvenating and revitalizing effect on skin today.

 

 

History and medical indications:

For many years the Dead Sea salts were thought to contain healing powers. Medical researchers in the Dead Sea area have proved this ancient prophesy true. Dead Sea salts and minerals regulate and activate cell functions.

 

We age, we eat poorly, we suffer effects

of pollution, stress and our bodies soon lack the vital salts and minerals. Without these we accelerate the aging process; we lack hydration; are prone to infections and lack energy. Dead Sea salt products replace these vital minerals through the skin. Dead Sea salt products replenish cells, re-hydrate; re-stabilize and defy the aging process. The skin only absorbs substances it recognizes as similar components to its own cells. The Dead Sea salts and minerals are consistent with ours.

 

 

Dead Sea salt has a beneficial effect on the skin and body:

  • Dead Sea salt products are especially beneficial for those seeking relief from skin and medical disorders such as skin, rheumatic, joint and inflammatory diseases.

  • Dead Sea salt products stimulate circulation.

  • Dead Sea salt products enhance cell regeneration.

  • Dead Sea salt products improve skin tone.

  • Dead Sea salt products help keep the skin healthy.

  • Dead Sea salt products refresh, as well as can help alleviate muscular pains and stress.

The largest organ in the body, the skin seems to have the most noticeable effect from the Dead Sea salt. The skin absorbs the Dead Sea salt, vitamins and other substances into the body.

 

Technical Data

The therapeutic effects of bathing in the Dead Sea were well known even in times of antiquity. Galenus, for instance, stated that this salt water was good for the treatment of rheumatism, and the Jewish Roman historian, Flavius, wrote 2000 years ago- “ The Dead Sea cannot be praised too highly…..travelers take as much of this salt, as they are able to, home with them, because it heals the human body and is therefore used in many medicines.”

 

 

The waters of the Dead. Sea are unique compared to other seas and lakes, first and foremost, due to the high concentration of salts reaching 27% compared to 3% in ordinary sea water. The composition of the Dead Sea salts is also unique. Whereas in ordinary sea water sodium chloride (common salt) is the major constituent (about 8O% of the total salt content) the Dead Sea on the other hand contains a considerable smaller proportion of sodium chloride, the balance consisting of magnesium, potassium and calcium chlorides and a comparatively high concentration of bromides. It is believed that the therapeutic properties of the Dead Sea are due to a large extent to the presence of these other salts, mainly those of magnesium, potassium and bromide.

These special chemical composition and special climatic conditions help make the Dead Sea an ideal spot for the curing of rheumatic and certain skin diseases.

The Government of Israel has encouraged the establishment of modern, first class hotels on the shore of the Dead Sea, to enable people suffering from rheumatic and skin diseases from all over the world to come and obtain treatment with full comfort. Advanced medical care and clinics are available on the spot.

Dead Sea salts are a mixture of bath salts which contain the important salts of the Dead Sea. The mixture is obtained by fractional evaporation and crystallization of Dead Sea salts from the brines. This process enriches the therapeutically valuable potassium and magnesium salts, while retaining all the other mineral elements of the Dead Sea. The bath salts contain no additives and are of excellent bacteriological quality.

 

Dead Sea Minerals - The Dead Sea contains 21 minerals including: Sodium, Magnesium, Calcium, Bromine, Bitumen and Potassium. Twelve of these are found in no other sea or ocean in the World.  

Sodium - Sodium ions remove skin scales and improve permeability. After penetrating the skin, they bind to water and generate a feeling of suppleness, ideal for of very dry skin.  

Magnesium - Magnesium concentrations found in the Dead Sea are fifteen times higher than salts in other seas. Magnesium is essential for cell metabolism. For instance, a significant deficit in Magnesium has been discovered in skin scales and serum of patients with psoriasis. Magnesium supposedly affects the ripening of skin cells of psoriasis patients. Moreover, in cases of bronchi, Magnesium works as anti-allergic agent.  

Potassium - Potassium improves the oxidation and regulates the electrical process of the muscles and the nervous system. Asthma patients achieve good results from inhaling the salt vapors.

Bromide - Bromide concentration is 50 times higher than common salts, thus having a very relaxing effect.

Bitumen - A natural tar called which acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.  

Chlorine - Necessary to maintain the correct balance of alkaline and acid in the body, together with being vital for cell metabolism.  

Iodine - Iodine is necessary for the production of the hormone thyroxin, and is also vital for both energy and cell metabolism.  

Calcium - Calcium is necessary in strenghtening cell membranes and cleansing the pores. In addition it is vital for production and maintenance of healthy teeth and bones, together with regulating the heart muscles and nerves.

 

 

Dead Seas Salts as Therapy

In order to ascertain and confirm the beneficial therapeutic effects of Dead Sea Bath Salts, a series of clinical research projects have been carried out both in Israel and in other countries where the use of the salts has become an established practice.

 

 

Dr. I. Machtey (1) studied the influences of Dead Sea Bath Salts on rheumatic patients suffering from osteoarthritis or a localized type of tendiritis. 103 patients were treated for one or two weeks with daily Dead Sea Bath Salts in a sanatorium located about 400 meters above sea level. The patients were randomly assigned to one of three types of baths (three sub groups):

1. Bath treatment with a Dead Sea salt concentration of 7.50%

2. Baths with a 2% salt concentration.

3. Baths with a 0.50% salt concentration.

One week of proper treatment: resulted in impressive improvement in all parameters in patients receiving 7.5% and 2% bath salt concentration, but little or no improvement was noted in those treated with 0.5% salt concentrations. The greater the physical limitations, the more pronounced was the improvement.

Sixty-six patients received two weeks treatment. An additional, slight improvement was noted in patients treated with 7.5%. or 2% salt concentration, and those having only 0.5% salt baths improved relatively more as compared with the results after the first week of treatment. However most of the results in the 0.5% group were less impressive than those in the higher concentrations.

Over 80% of all the patients reported having less pain, 70% said their mobility improved, and about 60% were able to decrease their use of analgesics. Dr. Machtey concludes his study by stating that “There is little doubt that the Dead Sea treatment in those who benefit from it can be extended and repeated at home using a 2% bath solution, which is both economical and readily available”.

A similar study was carried out by Dr. P. Engel (2) from the sanatorium clinic in the City of Mayenbad, Bad Waldsee, in Germany. The study was performed with 60 patients whose rheumatic discomfort could not be substantially reduced by the customary Balneotherapy of their clinic. The baths with Dead Sea Salts were then prescribed in lieu of additional medicinal therapy. Each patient was treated for a duration of 4 weeks, with three baths per week. Salt concentration was 2.5%, duration of bath 20 minutes, temperature of water 37 °C. Parameters examined included: Pain at rest, spontaneous pain, kinesalgia, pain on pressure and reduced mobility.

A summary of the results shows that in 76.2% of the cases, very good therapeutic results were obtained, 10.2% responded moderately well and only 13.6% no success was noted.

Dr. J. Arndt. From Germany (3) made a study of the effect of Dead Sea Bath Salts on patients suffering from psoriasis. Fifty patients, aged between 14 and 77 years were treated with the salts in a controlled way. Treatment consisted of partial or total baths. For a total bath, 2 Kgs (4.5lbs) of the salts were dissolved in a bath at a temperature of 27°C. The partial baths were made with a concentration of about 10%. The baths lasted for 20 minutes and afterwards the skin was thoroughly rinsed with running water. The effect is enhanced when the patient remains in a warm packed condition for one hour after the bath.

The treatment lasted for 3 weeks, with 3-4 baths per week. The results show that most symptoms of the illness diminished within one week of treatment, notably itch, scaling joint complaints, and the falling asleep and sleep through difficulties. Other parameters such as spread, redness and infiltration decreased somewhat more slowly. Improvement was steady - the four week treatment left the patients essentially free from complaints.

Dr. Arndt points out that of particular importance from the patient’s point of view is the rapid relief from such irritating a symptom as itching. There is a corresponding relief from sleeping disturbances, which were rather wide-spread prior to treatment. The drastic decrease in scaling within one week can be interpreted by physician and patient alike as a further proof of the course outlined above:

Healing was total in 27 patients (54%), whereas in 22 cases there was a marked impressive improvement. Tolerance was excellent in all 50 cases. There were no side effects whatsoever, dermatological or otherwise.

(I). “Dead Sea Balneotherapy in Osteoarthritis”, Dr. Machtey ( Hasharon Hospital, Petach-Tikva, Israel). Published in “Proceedings of International Seminar on Treatment of Rheumatic Diseases”. John Wright \ PSG Inc. (1932).

(2). "On the Therapy of Rheumatic Illnesses with Medical Bathing Salts from the Dead Sea", Dr. Paul Engel (Sanatorium Clinic of the City of Mayenbad, Bad Walsee, FRG). Published in Acta Medica Empirica, 31, 374 (April 1982).

(3). "Salt from the Promised Land Help Psoriasis Patients" Dr. J. Arndt, Published in Arztliche Praxis, Vol 34, No. 48 1920. Republished 6/15/82.

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