The consumption of salt in unlimited quantities can be a risk factor for the development of such autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, according to a study conducted by American and German scientists.
A team from research centers in the U.S. and Germany has turned its attention to the "overproduction" of cells involved in inflammation and autoimmune diseases among fans of fast food restaurants. Called autoimmune disease in which the immune system begins to "attack" of its own cells and tissues of the body. What exactly triggers such effects of consuming fast food, remained unclear.
Suspicion of the authors, writes the magazine Nature, fell on the table salt contained in large amounts in the diet. This product is not a sign of humanity, "genetically", in the diet of our ancestors never had it, whereas now the West in the food contains a lot of salt, said David Hefler, head of research at Yale University. This, according to Heflera leads to increased incidence of hypertension, and autoimmune disorders.
Check your assumptions scientists decided on laboratory mice. Adding salt to the "menu" rodents was found to have caused the increase in the number of cells that are involved in the development of autoimmune diseases, Th17-lymphocytes. Among other things, the test animals that ate salty foods, gradually developed experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis - biological model of human multiple sclerosis.
And despite the fact that the data allow us to propose an attractive hypothesis, the authors advise not to rush to unambiguous conclusions, emphasizing that "a direct causal link between the abundant salt intake and autoimmune diseases still need to demonstrate."