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Too Much Salt May Lead To Liver Damage

Update Date: Feb 29, 2016 12:03 PM EST

A diet that is high in salt may not only expose a person to high blood pressure but also liver damage in adults and developing embryos, say new findings published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Hence, you should not consume more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day----just about one teaspoon, recommends the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

While the sodium ions can enable regular water movement inside the body and also conduct nerve impulses, most Americans consume more than recommended, says scienceworldreport.

In a study on adult mice, researchers found that a high-salt diet, and exposure of chick embryos to a "briny environment" led to a number of alterations in the animals' livers. They ranged from oddly shaped cells to enhanced cell death as well as a reduction in cell proliferation, leading to the development of fibrosis.

It was found that the damaged cells can be partially treated with vitamin C.

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