|Longitudinal section of the zamzam well in Makkah (Photo by Nuraishah Bazilah bt Affandi)|
|Metal enclosure of the ancient zamzam well (Photo by Nuraishah Bazilah bt Affandi)|
Zamzam water (air zamzam) is what we all drink when in Makkah and Madinah. There is a supplication (doa) that is read before drinking zamzam water.
|Supplication before drinking zamzam water|
We also now can easily get zamzam water in Malaysia and especially during and after the Hajj season and from all homeward bound Umrah trips.
Zamzam water is transported by all couriers which bring the pilgrims home from after completion of the Hajj and Umrah in Makkah (exit Jeddah airport). Some pilgrims proceed to Madinah. Their point of exit will be Madinah (exit Madinah airport).
Though zamzam water is not meant for sale-for-profit, the price difference probably reflects the cost of transportation.
A big 10-litre bottle costs approx. RM120 at KB Mall (ground floor stall). It is cheaper in Kuala Lumpur (RM90-RM110) which is nearer to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), the major port of entry into Malaysia. Its price can be bargained. Mail-order zamzam water via Pos Malaysia is RM60/5-litre bottle. This service is only available during the Hajj season. On campus, zamzam water from Syarikat Jaafar Rawas (SJR) is sold in small 400 ml bottles for RM5 each.
|Zamzam water from Syarikat Jaafar Rawas, Kota Bharu, Kelantan (RM5 per 400ml bottle on 25 August 2011)|
|Zamzam water by mail order via Pos Malaysia (RM60/5-litre bottle on 5 January 2005)|
|What each pilgrim gets upon returning to Malaysia (10-litre bottle supplied FOC on 14 July 2011)|
Zamzam water is served either at room temperature (RT), cooled or icy cold. Zamzam water must never be heated, warmed or boiled. It has a high content of calcium and magnesium salts. Boiling zamzam water will leave scales in the kettle which build up with more boiling and will spoil the kettle.
There are lots of known health benefits of zamzam water. Zamzam water is neutral with pH7. Which means, if you added zamzam water to something that is acidic, it reduces the acidity of that acidic something. On the other hand, if you added zamzam water to something that is alkaline, it reduces the alkalinity of that something alkaline. What this means is, zamzam water will try to bring anything towards neutrality, pH7. Of course (logically) it can only do this if you drink it in excess, which pilgrims do whilst on the Hajj and/ Umrah.
|Water analysis of zamzam water (left) and mineral water (right)|
For demineralised water:
Recommendations for magnesium have been put at a minimum of 10 mg/L with 20–30 mg/L optimum; for calcium a 20 mg/L minimum and a 40–80 mg/L optimum, and a total water hardness (adding magnesium and calcium) of 2 to 4 mmol/L. At water hardness above 5 mmol/L, higher incidence of gallstones, kidney stones, urinary stones, arthrosis, and arthropathies have been observed. - Wikipedia
What are the known benefits of zamzam water? Vitality - one becomes more energetic after drinking zamzam water. Reason for this vitality? The only one I can think of is magnesium is needed for ATP stability. The more we drink the more ATP is stored until it is needed. When ATP is needed in high amounts, magnesium breaks free (is released) and the ATP is hydrolysed for energy. Zamzam water also contains high calcium which is good for teeth and bones. It also has high sodium and chloride.
Other benefits? It helps heal a lot of non wellness and diseases. [This will need a good public survey.]
Are there other products made with zamzam water? Yes/No. Refer to Musoffa water (air Musoffa). People who practise traditional healing may use zamzam water. Giving zamzam water to mental defectives, children with delayed speech and children with other speech problems, may help.
Muslim newborns are given sips of zamzam water. Zamzam water is also given to the newborn at 1 week during aqiqah or what the Kelantanese call belah mulut (literally split open the mouth, ie, hoping for the child to be able to speak fluently when he/she grows up).
The name Mutiara Zamzam can be misleading as it is not zamzam water but water mixed with pearl and sea shell extracts, to match zamzam water wrt high antioxidant capacity.
Air Zam Zam (Syarikat Jaafar Rawas, SJR)
About.com (History of Zam Zam water)