Too Much Salt Harms Organs

13 Apr

Even if you are not “salt sensitive,” meaning that salt intake does not affect your blood pressure, eating too much salt may still damage your blood vessels, heart, kidney, and brain, according to scientists at the University of Delaware.

In this review of the evidence on salt and health, they found that high salt intake may impair the endothelium (inner lining of blood vessels involved in blood clotting and immune function),  increase arterial stiffness (hardening of the arteries), weaken heart and kidney function, and interfere with the sympathetic nervous system (the “flight-or- fight” response). This study further emphasizes the importance of monitoring sodium intake.

The USDA recommends that healthy adults consume no more than 2,300 milligrams (mg) of sodium per day.

Source: Environmental Nutrition The Newsletter of Food, Nutrition & Health 2018

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