High-salt diet could protect skin against parasites

March 4, 2015 11:25 AM

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High-salt diet could protect skin against parasites

“Up to now, salt has been regarded as a detrimental dietary factor; it is clearly known to be detrimental for cardiovascular diseases, and recent studies have implicated a role in worsening autoimmune diseases,” said first study author Jonathan Jantsch, a microbiologist at the University of Regensburg, in Germany.

“Our current study challenges this one-sided view and suggests that increasing salt accumulation at the site of infections might be an ancient strategy to ward off infections, long before antibiotics were invented.”

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