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5 facts you never knew about salt
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Humans have used salt for thousands of years to preserve and season food. But did you know salt is also a valuable element in modern manufacturing and medicine? In fact, it’s a sodium ibuprofen that allows Nurofen Zavance tablets and caplets to be absorbed up to two times faster for the relief of pain. Here are five other fascinating facts on (not so) plain old salt:  

1. WHAT DOES ‘WORTH YOUR SALT’ MEAN?

According to David Bloch’s Salt and The Evolution of Money, the word “salary” comes from the Latin word for salt because the Roman Legions were sometimes paid in salt. They say the soldiers who did their job well were, in fact, “worth their salt”.

2.WHAT IS IODISED SALT?

Most table salt has added iodine, an essential nutrient that helps to maintain a healthy thyroid. According to the Wall Street Journal’s recent article on Salts Worth Their Salt, sea salt and table salt have the same basic nutritional value, despite the fact that sea salt is often promoted as being healthier.

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3. SALT OR SODIUM?
Sodium is a component of table salt, which is only partly sodium. Nurofen Zavance tablets and caplets have a unique formulation containing an ibuprofen salt, which allows for up to two times faster absorption than standard Nurofen for fast relief when you need it.

4. THE STAIN SAVER
A good dabbing job will clean up a wine-stained carpet, but salt will ensure there’s no leftover residue. According to Trusted Cleaner, to help get the rest out try covering the stained spot with a generous portion of table salt, which will draw the moisture in the stain out of the carpet over the next few hours.

5. SALT FOR SIGHT
According to Popular Science, salt is a key ingredient when it comes to making high-quality optical lenses, with salt cake (an impure form of sodium sulfate) being a common material found in the production of strong glass. 

Always read the label. Use only as directed, incorrect use could be harmful. Consult your healthcare professional if symptoms persist. Nurofen Zavance active ingredients: Sodium ibuprofen dihydrate 256mg (equiv. ibuprofen 200mg)

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