Dead Sea Minerals and Their Health Benefits
Studies have been conducted on the health benefits of bathing in the Dead Sea salts. One such study conducted by Dr. I Machley on 103 patients suffering from Osteoarthritis and Tendinitis. Patients were either treated with baths of 7.5%, 2% or 0.5% Dead Sea salt concentration. Improvement was found after as little as one week of treatment for those treated with 7.5% or 2% salt baths. By this study’s end 80% of the patients reported less pain, 70% experienced improved mobility and 60% were able to decrease their use of analgesics.
Dr. J Arndt studies the effect of Dead Sea salt baths on psoriasis. Fifty patients were treated for 3-4 weeks, taking 3-4 baths each week. In as little as one week, many patients treated with a 10% salt concentrationin their baths experienced marked improvement. This improvement include relief from itching, sleep disturbances, and skin scaling. Treatment with Dead Sea salts is not associated with any side effects.
Professor Zalmanoritch, a leading American dermatologist, tested the Dead Sea mud masques on thirty women of different age groups and varying skin tones. They found the facial mud masques stimulating, tightening, cleansing and invigorating leaving the skin with a refreshing glow.
Dr. Loretta Ciraldo, a clinical professor of Dermatology at University Miami, agreed that the Dead Sea contains lots of helpful minerals and nutrients.
A study conducted by researchers from the Dermatology Unit at St Andrew’s Hospital in London in 2005 also confirmed that Dead Sea minerals “reduced itchiness and irritation” – reaffirming the conclusions from the Department of Dermatology of Soroka University Center and the Faculty of Health Sciences at Ben-Gurion University of the Neger.
Research conducted in 2005 by researchers from the Department of Dermatology at the University of Kiel in Germany found benefits that include significant reduction of skin roughness and redness as a marker for inflammation and enhances skin hydration among persons suffering from atopic dry skin.
The USA’s Natural Psoriasis Foundation, on its website, cites them as helpful in relieving redness and itchiness.