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5/11/18 12:00 A

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I use salt in my driveway, sometimes when it shows. And, once a year at Thanksgiving in my mashed potatoes.

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5/9/18 4:03 A

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Research on mice shows that high salt intake is responsible for decline of brain function, apart from salt's impact on the blood pressure.

"After only a few weeks, mice fed a sodium-rich diet experienced significantly reduced blood flow to regions of the brain associated with learning and memory. The mice had difficulty building a nest and struggled to find their way out of mazes, as decreased blood flow appeared to affect both cognition and spatial memory."

"Iadecola added that there is evidence in the literature supporting the idea that these results also apply to humans.[4]

"Epidemiologic studies cited in our paper demonstrate a significant link between excess dietary salt intake and cerebrovascular disease, cognitive decline, and dementia," he said."

"We found that feeding mice a diet with a high content of salt (8-16 times the normal diet), corresponding to the highest levels of salt consumption in humans, is what results in cognitive impairment. The damaging effects of salt on the brain are independent of elevations of blood pressure. Therefore, it's the high dietary salt intake alone which impaired brain function."

""The effect is due to accumulation in the intestine of a special class of lymphocytes called TH17 cells, which produce high amounts of IL-17," Iadecola said. "It enters blood circulation and affects endothelial cells in the brain, which line the brain's blood vessels, and it suppresses the production of nitric oxide. Such loss of nitric oxide reduces blood supply to the brain and causes the neuron damage, which will lead to impaired cognition.""

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