Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Salt and your Health

We hear all the time about the evils of too much salt in our diet.  Salt makes most things taste better but now there's a NEW worry.  It may be that salt may affect our immune system in such a way as to create autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. 

People who go to the infamous “fast food” restaurants had higher levels of cells that cause inflammation.  These cells are called TH17.  

In an auto immune disease, these cells over-multiply and attack our own bodies normal cells.  When mice were exposed to increased  levels of salt, their bodies produced more TH17 cells.  In mice that were fed increased salt, their bodies developed increased rates of MS, probably due to an increase in TH17 production!  Hmm!  

I guess when I go to the movies no salt on my popcorn or maybe only some Twizzlers!  Oh well!

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