Salt appears to aggravate arthritis says new research
Sodium chloride – salt – is damaging for many aspects of health, and now a new study from Korea concludes that people with arthritis, particularly inflammatory forms, should avoid it where possible.
Mice with arthritis were fed a normal or high-salt diet and subsequent features of arthritis were recorded. The more salt they ingested, the higher the levels of particular inflammatory biomarkers were recorded. And the same was true in humans with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. People who had more salt in their bodies had greater levels of biomarkers of inflammation, especially in those with rheumatoid arthritis.
The researchers conclude:
“Limiting salt intake may be helpful for treating inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis.”
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