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article imageProcessed foods linked to autoimmune disease

By Micki Hogan     Mar 8, 2013 in Health
Recent research concludes that processed foods such as hot dogs, sausage, and salami are officially linked to the increase of autoimmune diseases.
Scientists from Yale University and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany have finished their research that proves the sodium content in processed foods and fast food are a contributing factor to autoimmune diseases. It was discovered that exposing these cells in a lab to a table salt solution made them act more 'aggressive.' The cells are called T helper cells. These cells activate and help cells fighting pathogens like bacteria and viruses. They also play a huge role in battling infections.
Other research has suggested that cells known as Th17 play an important role in the increase of autoimmune diseases. Processed foods and fast food that have high sodium content increased the TH17 cells and these cells acted more aggressively. In an autoimmune disease, the body has triggers that tricks itself into thinking the healthy cells are ill and cells such as TH17 attack the healthy cells. The cells have been proven to be more active according to the sodium in processed foods like hot dog or salami.
The study suggests that through time the complications of autoimmune diseases such as Crohn's Disease and Ankylosing Spondylitis can be dramatically reduced by the salt intake by the patient. In short, the healthier you are, the less the chances of facing an invisible illness. And if you are currently struggling with an autoimmune disease, reducing your salt intake may increase your health.
No illness can be predicted but research such as this is leading the way to make life easier for patients world wide.
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