There Is No Scientific Evidence For The Health Benefits Of Himalayan Salt Lamps

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You've seen those pretty, glowing, pink salt lamps. Maybe you've heard some of the ridiculous scientific claims too—these lamps purify the air, reduce allergies, increase energy, improve mood, reduce static electricity in the air, neutralize electromagnetic radiation, and about a million other things. One problem? None of that holds up. Get all the real facts in the video below.

What's The Science Behind Salt Lamps?

First of all, there are no salt mines in the Himalayas.

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Why Salt And Pepper?

These two are staples on every dinner table.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Humans need at least 6g of sodium chloride per day to maintain our cells, blood pressure, and nerve impulses. 00:57

  2. Black pepper gets its heat from piperine, not capsaicin like the similarly named chili pepper. 03:31

  3. Black pepper may owe its enduring popularity to King Louis XIV, who demanded his food be lightly seasoned with salt and pepper. 04:29

Dietary Salt Recommendations Don't Line Up With Recent Evidence

Be careful with salt.

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