There’s nothing like a cold glass of refreshing sparkling mineral water… other than a glass of Champagne. However, as a healthier topic of discussion let me talk more about sparkling mineral water and it’s cholesterol lowering and bone strengthening benefits. Only recently have I discovered a gem of a shop in Auckland called the Aquadeli that specialize in mineral water of all varieties imported and local.
Many people question the health benefits of mineral water, as they should. It’s important to know that all mineral water is not made equal. Technically one could say all water is mineral water unless it is distilled. Tap water contains some minerals whilst distilling removes them altogether. Natural mineral water contains dissolved minerals that occur naturally in groundwater. When water comes out of the ground it is suffused with whatever minerals are present in the rock strata it is pumped from. Some areas of the country have a higher complement of minerals in the water than others. Sparkling mineral water also contains natural gases or is artificially carbonated with carbon dioxide. Many people like to drink sparkling mineral water not only for its taste but for its health benefits.
High in Minerals
Sparkling mineral water from groundwater usually contains: calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium. Some even contain: chromium, copper, zinc, iron, manganese, selenium and other important minerals. Mineral water is the best source of minerals in water. Some tap water contains small amounts of minerals, however it also may contain fluoride and chlorine, which are of concern to some people. Most brands of bottled water have very little or no mineral content.
Research suggests that drinking sparkling mineral water may help to reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, the so-called “bad” cholesterol, and increase the good high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, according to a study published in 2004 by the Journal of Nutrition. The study conducted followed a group of women who were asked to drink 1 liter each day of either still or sparkling mineral water for a month. The researchers concluded that the results may be due to the sodium present in sparkling mineral water.
For the lactose intolerant, mineral water can offer a good source of calcium. Studies published in Osteoporosis International in 2000 determined that absorption of calcium from calcium-rich mineral water appears to be at least comparable to, and possibly better than, that from dairy products.
When it comes to choosing sparkling mineral water my top pick would be Gerolsteiner from Germany. It’s the highest in calcium – one litre provides a third of your recommended daily intake. But in reality any mineral water is going to offer you a bit of extra nutrition. If you live in Auckland, New Zealand and want to see a large selection of local and imported mineral waters visit Mark at the Aquadeli. He has regular stock of the world’s best mineral waters and will be able to answer any question you may have. Alternatively check out your local specialty food store.