NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Eating large amounts of salt can cause brain inflammation in patients with multiple sclerosis, according to new research published in the journal Nature Immunology.
According to the US medical website "MedicalNewsToday", MS is known as an autoimmune disorder, in which the body's immune system destroys protective coatings around myelin neurons.
This neurological disease affects 400,000 people in the United States and about 2.5 million adults worldwide, and women are more likely to get the disease than men.
While researchers do not yet know what causes multiple sclerosis, the interaction between genetic predisposition and environmental factors is likely to be key.
Studies have found that inadequate vitamin D, smoking, obesity, and high salt intake are all associated with an increased risk of multiple sclerosis.
The new study shows that increased salt intake exacerbates encephalitis, not only that, but also increases the number of pro-inflammatory cells as well.