Natural water springs in Qafshtama mountain have also an historical importance, thanks to the phenomenal properties of the water flushing out of this rich and fertile highland.
In 1932, the royal Albanian family named “Zog” decided to examine several natural water springs in the country to be able to choose among them the source they would take water from for home consumption. After a couple of phisico-chemical tests in well-known European laboratories, they chose among several water sources in Albania the source of Qafshtama mountain.
That same year, a famous fountain collecting water streams flowing down from the mountain was inaugurated by Countess Geraldine of Hungary, wife of the first Albanian king Ahmet Zog and first Queen of the Albanians or otherwise known as Zogu I of Albania.
Since then, the source was named after the Queen of the Albanians and still today is known as the Mother Queen’s Source, veiling with a precious history mantel the ancient mountain of Qafshtama. The ruins of the antique fountain can still be noticed along the road dipping down the mountain.
Natural water, following its secular course through the prosperous and fruitful mountain underground layers, gets enriched with several minerals and various components some of which highly beneficial for the human body and health, others less important or sometimes even harmful.
This way, the properties of water will depend on the features of the rocks and composition of the land it flushes out from.
Let us unveil the components of Qafshtama natural spring water by learning how to read and understand the information given in the label:
Temperature at the spring
Conductivity at 20 °C
Conductivity is a lower value for light waters like Qafshtama and a higher value for heavily mineralizes waters.
Fixed sediment at 180 °C
Qafshtama water is a naturally light water and therefore helps to prompt a quick water circulation in the human body which is one of the most important human processes for our daily health. “Light” for water means less minerals dissolved in it in terms of mg/l. This number for Qafshtama water is just 99, the lowest value out of bottled waters in Albania.
Hardness ° G
Hardness is a lower value for light waters like Qafshtama and a higher value for heavily mineralized waters.
PH at the Spring
Qafshtama water has a PH at source of only 7.2, which is very similar to the normal human body PH value of 7.0, thus respecting the natural balance of our body.
Qafshtama water has a high content of magnesium compared to other waters in the market which is a very rare attribute for a light water. Magnesium, despite the mild and pleasant taste it gives water, is also one of the most important elements for our body, helping to maintain it strong and totally ecient. It is first of all crucial in preventing heart attacks and generally in maintaining a strong heart and cardio system. Furthermore it helps concentrate energy into body muscles while doing sports, is alone responsible for all the positive calcium eects on bones and teeth (without magnesium, calciumcould notbe properly absorbed and used by the body) and helps prevent renal diseases.
Calcium is the first constitutent of teeth and bones. It can only be well absorbed with the p-res ence of Magnesium. The latter also reducesits sometimesnot totallz beneficial impact on kidney stones formation. Qafshtama has a medium low content of Calcium.
Natrium, as the normal salt, slows down the water circulation process in our body causing the phenomenon of water retention; thus a series of unpleasant eects like swelling or orange peel syndrome in women. Natrium content in Qafshtama water is very low compared to many other waters in the market.
Nitrate No 3
Nitrates should be present in low quantities. Qafshtama water has a very low content of Nitrates.
Bicarbonate HCO 3
Qafshtama, though being light, enjoys a good content of bicarbonates which are a mineral salt that helps a good digestion by favoring the production of digesting enzymes.