What is Chinen Salt?
Many people mistake Himalayan salt and Chinen salt but, while they both come from the same region, Himalayan salt is simply a rock salt extracted with machinery and explosives from mines in the mountains of Pakistan while Chinen salt often contains important ingredients from a plant that can be found throughout the Middle East, Asia, North Africa and Europe.
Most Chinen salts include a class of alkaloid derived from the barberry or gold thread plant which is known as berberine. It also often contains iron, which gives it its off white to pink coloring, MSG (monosodium glutamate), sodium chloride, and sodium nitrate.
It is said that Chinen salt has been used by traditional healers in Asia for centuries. Some people claim it can be used to treat diabetes and may have properties that counter toxins in the body but clinical studies are limited. But given the prevalence of diabetes in Asian countries it would make sense that there would be a focus on seeking out natural substances that might mitigate the disease.
However, as with all supplements, make sure to consult your doctor before using any Chinen Salt products. In addition, the content of individual products derived from traditional medicine and marketed as a specific substance can vary, so use caution and only purchase supplements from sources you know are reputable.