A High-Salt Diet Makes Your Immune System Weaker

Recent research from the University of Bonn finds that a high-salt diet is not only bad for the blood pressure but it also weakens the immune system.a high-salt diet

During the study, the scientists noted that mice that were fed a high-salt diet suffered from much more severe bacterial infections than those eating their normal ration.  Also, the human volunteers who consumed an additional 6 grams of salt per day also demonstrated pronounced immune deficiencies.

Prof. Dr. Christian Kurts from the Institute of Experimental Immunology at the University of Bonn says: “We examined volunteers who consumed six grams of salt in addition to their daily intake. This is roughly the amount contained in two fast-food meals, i.e. two burgers and two portions of French fries.”

When after one week of this diet the scientists took blood from the volunteer and examined the granulocytes they noticed that the immune cells coped much worse with bacteria after the test subjects had started to eat a high-salt diet.

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