Thanks to numerous springs scattered throughout the Italian territory and an ancient tradition, Italians are the largest consumers of mineral water in the world and have a healthy passion for it, which is justified by the various beneficial effects on human organism exerted by mineral water.
In fact, numerous studies and researches carried out during the last two centuries have shown that a constant consumption of mineral water may help provide human organism with the right amount of minerals and salts needed to maintain a healthy balance.
According to the presence and quantity of mineral salts dissolved therein, resulting from the journey of the water along the calcareous rocks, it is possible to divide mineral water into distinct typologies, defined by its amount of dry residue (i.e. the content of minerals after the water evaporation at 180° C):
- low-mineral: it has a content of mineral salts lower than 50 milligrams per litre
- oligomineral: it has a content of mineral salts not exceeding 500 milligrams per litre
- medium-mineral: its dry residue is comprised between 500 and 1,000 milligrams (1 g) per litre
- rich in mineral salts: its dry residue exceeds 1,500 milligrams per litre.
The choice of the mineral water typology most appropriate and functional to the individual well-being depends on any suffered disorder as well as on the expected benefits (diuretic, digestive, anti-dyspeptic) through daily consumption.