Many of you have recently been surprised to learn that toxic fat is more harmful than cholesterol. In other news on unexpected nutritional dangers, a study just found that the amount of salt you eat could make you more vulnerable to illnesses caused by bacteria (like that deadly food poisoning from pasta) and viruses (like COVID-19).
A study recently published in the journal Circulation sought to deepen the understanding scientists gained from a study in 2015. In this previous study, the research team found that high amounts of sodium in the blood affected the way a certain type of white blood cell preparing to react when it detects an unhealthy cell. But even after the study, says Dr Sabrina Geisberger of the Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology (BIMSB), scientists “still didn’t know what was going on in the cells.”
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So for the new study, Geisberger’s team looked at “the metabolism of immune cells that had been exposed to high concentrations of salt,” according to a statement. This time, they learned more about the impact of salt on immunity: “It disrupts the respiratory chain, causing cells to produce less ATP and consume less oxygen,” says Geisberger.
ATP, or adenosine triphosphate, is defined in the release as “the universal fuel that powers all cells,” providing energy for muscle power and metabolic regulation – which means if a high level of sodium in the body causes a shortage of ATP, it affects the maturation of these white blood cells … and, consequently, the efficiency with which these white blood cells, which are largely responsible for the immune response of the body, are able to function.
So how much salt is it safe to eat each day? According to this study: “Nutrition experts recommend that adults limit their daily intake to no more than five or six grams. The calculation includes the salt that is hidden in processed foods ”.
Need another reason to watch your salt intake? Find out how salt actually increases your risk for heart disease as you age.
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