We are all fully aware that a high-salt diet is linked to an increased risk of health problems such as high blood pressure and heart disease, but new research shows it has more negative effects on our health than we realised.
Research from Yale, Harvard and other leading institutions has found that a diet high in salt worsens symptoms of autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis (MS).
This new finding has surprised experts, even those who first identified the link.
Vijay Kuchroo, a scientist studying the effect of salt on MS at Harvard University said:
“I would never have thought that this link existed. It just never occurred to me.”
Interestingly, the study could be the shining light on the mystery behind the rise in autoimmune disease worldwide over the past 30 years (between 5-7%).
Researchers have ruled out a genetic link because DNA hasn’t altered that rapidly, but environmental factors such...