New research has proven that a high-salt diet helps gut bacteria fight cancer in lab mice, and this appears to be due to an interaction between the gut microbiome and natural immune cells.
The specialized scientific journal Science Advances published the results of this research, which raises new questions about the role of diet and gut microbiota in the development of malignant tumors in humans.
And this isn't the first study to link the diet to higher levels of salt and reduced tumors.
But the new research has demonstrated the unique mechanistic role of salt-induced changes in the gut microbiome as a key phenomenon that underlies the observed anti-cancer effect.
The research trials were at the University of Tennessee, where the effects of salt on cancer have long been studied.
Some previous scientific studies have linked high levels of salt in the diet to the development of autoimmune diseases; This suggests that salt directly stimulates immune cells.
It is known that tumors only grow in an environment that suppresses immunity, so stimulating it will slow down the growth of the tumor that occurs in the course of laboratory tests.