Home
Subscribe (free)
About NaturalNews
Contact Us
Write for NaturalNews
Media Info
Advertising Info
Peptic ulcers

Eating a high-salt diet increases the risk of ulcers

Friday, November 09, 2007 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer
Tags: peptic ulcers, health news, Natural News

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
http://www.naturalnews.com/022219_salt_risk_diet.html
Delicious
diaspora
Print
Email
Share
(NewsTarget) A species of bacteria that has been linked to both peptic ulcers and gastric cancer becomes more virulent in the presence of higher salt concentrations, according to a study presented at the conference of the American Society for Microbiology.

A bacteria known as Helicobacter pylori is believed to cause more than 75 percent of all peptic ulcers, including up to 80 percent of gastric ulcers and up to 90 percent of duodenal ulcers. However, the presence of H. pylori in the stomach does not always lead to ulcers or other noticeable health problems.

Researchers monitored the way that H. pylori genes expressed themselves under laboratory conditions, as well as the bacteria's rate of growth. They found that higher concentrations of salt caused the bacteria's growth rate to drop and caused its shape to change. Under these conditions, two genes linked to the organism's virulence were expressed more strongly.

This means that in the presence of salt, H. pylori is more likely to produce proteins that cause it to be more dangerous to humans, and more likely to produce ulcers.

"Apparently H. pylori closely monitors the diets of those people whom it infects," said lead researcher Dr. Hanan Gancz of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. "We think that when there are high levels of salt in the stomach environment, H. pylori over-produces [the factors that] enable it to survive, which in the long term increases the risk of illness."

Gancz also noted that doctors have long been aware of a link between high salt intake and increased risk of gastric cancer. There is also a connection between H. pylori and gastric cancer risk, although it is not clear if the relationship is causal or not. Nevertheless, the International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified the bacteria as a carcinogen. Scientists have speculated that it may increase the production of free radicals and cell mutation in its host's body, or that it might induce local inflammation.

However, this research did not consider the differences between processed salt (sodium chloride) and full-spectrum sea salt (like Celtic sea salt). It may be that only processed salt causes this change in the bacteria while sea salt does a better job of protecting humans.
Join the Health Ranger's FREE email newsletter
Get breaking news alerts on GMOs, fluoride, superfoods, natural cures and more...
Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time. | Learn more...
comments powered by Disqus

The War on Independent Media Has Begun

A coordinated censorship attack is being waged against the entire independent media by Google, YouTube and Facebook. After we were banned by Google for nearly a week, now Facebook is deliberately blocking the sharing of our stories to further censor our important reporting for human freedom and medical choice. Soon, the only way we will be able to reach you is via email, and Google is sometimes blocking our email delivery to gmail users.

Enter your email address below to subscribe to our email announcement list (but don't use gmail). Your privacy is protected and you can unsubscribe at any time. If you don't join our email list, you may never see our valuable content again via Facebook, Google or YouTube. CENSORSHIP has now reached EXTREME levels across the 'net. The truth is being suffocated. Subscribe now if you want to escape the delusional bubble of false reality being pushed by Google and Facebook.

Once you click subscribe, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free subscription.