Too much salt harms the brain and increases the risk of Alzheimer's

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Too much salt would also hurt the brain, increasing the risk of senile dementia and Alzheimer's.

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Normal, iodized, marine and even pink: we are talking about sale, which has always been used in the kitchen to flavor foods or preserve them, an ancient and precious bargaining chip, so much so that the noun “salary” derives from its name. Its use, however, by now we know, must be well thought out, as it can cause disturbances to the cardio-circulatory system and be very dangerous for those who already suffer from hypertension.

A new study, conducted by the University of Toronto (Canada), also shows that too much salt can hurt not only the heart and kidneys, but also the brain, increasing the risk of Alzheimer. The research, carried out on 1.262 healthy men and women, between 67 and 84 years of age, was carried out by measuring once a year for three years the health conditions of the subjects, using the cognitive tests most commonly used to diagnose the 'Alzheimer's.

The researchers' contention is that older people who use a lot of salt in their diets and practice little physical activity undergo a faster mental decline instead of those who are careful in dosing this seasoning. In particular, people who decrease their sodium intake by about 3 grams per day reduce the likelihood of developing sodium by a quarter. cardiovascular diseases. The results of the study, published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging, have indeed shown - explains Alexandra Fiocco, researcher at the University of Toronto - “that a diet rich in sodium, combined with little exercise, is particularly harmful for the cognitive performance of elderly people".

Unfortunately, excess salt is a very common habit: currently every person almost always stands above 8 grams of salt per day, while according to international guidelines it should not exceed 6 grams.

Eleonora Cresci

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