A new study finds that seasoned salt reduces the amount of bacteria that cause skin and bone disease.
“The research shows that seasoned salts can be good for you, too,” says Dr. Andrew Daley, who was not involved in the research.
“There’s a reason we use them in salt-free, non-dairy products.”
Salt has been shown to lower inflammation in the body, and in a new study published in the journal Cell, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco found that a particular strain of bacteria called Cryptococcus pneumoniae was the most prevalent strain of Cryptococci that caused disease in mice.
The researchers also found that salt and a combination of sodium chloride and calcium sulfate prevented the growth of the strain of cryptococci.
The study found that the bacteria was more likely to grow when the salts were added to water or when the salt was dissolved in water.
Dr. Daley says that salts with a low concentration of sodium cause the skin to get dehydrated and that this dehydrating effect is why we tend to get dry skin.
“This suggests that we need to use salts in foods that are low in sodium,” he says.
“If you’re using salt in a low sodium food, then the salts will be absorbed into the bloodstream, but the bacteria can’t survive in the bloodstream.”
Salt is the second most commonly used food additive.
In a new report, Dr. Brian T. Fung, the associate dean for health sciences at the College of Public Health at The University of Virginia, examined the health effects of salt and found that it has a number of health benefits.
“It’s good for the gut microbiome,” Dr. Fun says.
The scientists found that when the researchers tested the gut microbes of volunteers for salt, they found that some of the gut bacteria were different than those of healthy people.
“We see that some people have increased intestinal bacteria in the absence of salt,” Dr Fun adds.
“In some people, we see that they have more healthy bacteria.
It’s the difference between a good gut microbiome and a bad gut microbiome.
That difference between the healthy and the sick gut microbiome is associated with a better immune system and lower rates of disease.”
Dr. T. Scott Tipton, the senior research scientist at the American College of Gastroenterology, says that the study shows that salt has many beneficial effects for the digestive system, including improving gut function and decreasing inflammation.
“I think this is a very important study that is providing more evidence of a role for salt in preventing the development of disease and improving the health of the digestive tract,” Dr Tiptont says.
Dr Tippont and Dr Fung say that the studies also showed that the addition of salt has other health benefits for the body.
“As we age, the immune system declines and this can lead to a number [of] health problems,” Dr Daley adds.
The research was funded by the National Institute of Health and the Department of Agriculture.