Could salty food be the cause behind autoimmune diseases?

03/7/2013 | ScienceMag.org

Diets high in salt may contribute to autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis and inflammatory bowel disease, according to a study published in the journal Nature. The findings, based on studies of cultured cells and rodents, suggest salt promotes the development of an immune cell often identified as the culprit behind various autoimmune diseases. Researchers plan to look at whether there is a link between a high-salt diet and human autoimmune diseases.

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