I'm cooking Christmas dinner and I am a salt fanatic. My husband keeps telling me that I should reduce my salt intake and that that will help my symptoms. How bad is salt for someone with multiple sclerosis and should I not salt the Christmas turkey? ;)
Here is the answer from a previous blog...
Q. What is the connection between a high sodium diet and MS?
A. There is some very preliminary evidence from animal experiences and cell cultures that a high sodium diet may drive your immune system in the direction of a stronger inflammatory response that theoretically could result in increased damage in MS patients. While this data is not ready for prime time, so to speak, there are other health reasons to beware of using too much salt in your diet. The bottom line for now is to moderate your salt intake for overall health reasons.
Revere (Rip) Kinkel MD
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Clinical Neurosciences Director
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
University of California San Diego