The Scary Way Excessive Salt Intake May ‘Reprogram’ The Brain
According to new research from McGill University, too much sodium may actually “reprogram” the brain in a way that interferes with a process that normally keeps the body’s arterial blood pressure at a healthy level.
“We found that a period of high dietary salt intake in rats causes a biochemical change in the neurons that release vasopressin (VP) into the systemic circulation,” one of the study’s authors, Dr. Charles Bourque of the McGill University Health Centre, said in a university press release. “This change, which involves a neurotrophic molecule called BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor), prevents the inhibition of these particular neurons by other cells.”
The researchers found that high salt intake prevents the inhibition of VP neurons, which normally occurs through a bodily system that detects pressure in the arteries. —> Read More Here