According to the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin, eating too much salt suppresses the activity of the mitochondria. This is the body in charge of producing energy. Apparently, it is affected with irregularities in the supply of sodium that the body receives.
In addition to blood pressure problems and an increased risk of cardiovascular accidents, these harmful habits also impact the body at the cellular level. Other derived ailments include osteoporosis, stomach cancer and various kidney diseases, according to Live Science coverage. They are not the only ones.
Perhaps the one that most worries scientists today is the immune system. This is explained by Markus Kleinewietfeld, associate professor at Hasselt University in Belgium, in his article for the journal Circulation.
“Of course, the first thing you think about is cardiovascular risk,” the research co-author said in a statement. “But several studies have shown that salt can affect immune cells in various ways,” added the expert.
According to the expert, if the salt interrupts the immune function for a long period of time, it could generate inflammatory or autoimmune diseases in the body. Among them, monocytes may be the most affected. These are the precursor cells that identify and eat pathogens that enter the body.
After an extensive study, the researchers realized that the higher the salt intake, the lower the proper functioning of the mitochondria. However, if the person stops eating salt, the organ can return to operating normally, at full throttle.
This restorative effect is not life-long. In contrast, mitochondria that receive too much salt for a long time may not fully recover. Today, researchers hope to understand whether salt can affect other cells. Meanwhile, they widely recommend modifying the diet toward less saline horizons.
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