Evidence review questions if salt to blame for rising levels of autoimmune disease
Autoimmune disease is increasing in Western countries and salt could be part of the problem, according to a review of the evidence in Nutrients.
We know that genetics and environment both play a role in development of autoimmune disease. And now a new review of the research about the impact of dietary habits suggests that salt has a pro-inflammatory effect in rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis and Crohn’s disease. Lab studies have found the same. But some other research using mice has found evidence to the contrary. The authors conclude:
“These results dictate the need to further analyse the role of cooking salt in the treatment and prevention of autoimmune diseases, trying to shape a fine tuning between the possible advantages of a restricted salt intake and the changes in circulating metabolites, mediators, and hormones which come along salt consumption and could in turn influence autoimmunity.”
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