You all know that salty foods like potato chips are not exactly high on the list of healthy snacks. The link between salty foods and conditions such as high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease have been well established.
Now, current research suggest another reason to pass on passing the salt – high salt diets have been linked to weakening bones. The most recent research suggests that excessive consumption of high-sodium foods can inhibit the body’s ability to absorb calcium.
According to Felicia Cosman, MD, salt is known to cause excessive calcium excretion through the kidneys. Cosman is an endocrinologist, professor of clinical medicine at Columbia University in New York, and spokeswoman for the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF)
A press release put out by the NOF cites a study that was published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition. In this research, it was found that Chinese men who had a habit of consuming unhealthy “high-sodium foods,” were more susceptible to osteoporosis, which causes thinning of the bones.
Cosman also pointed to other research, which was published in the Osteoporosis International journal, which reveals that there was also a link between salt intake and osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends limiting salt intake, particularly in individuals with hypertension (high blood pressure).
In Addition to Cutting Down on Salt, What Can I Do to Improve Bone Health?
When it comes to taking better care of bone health, Cosman suggests that some powerful antioxidants may be helpful. According to researchers, resveratrol (found in red wine) aids in deactivating bone destruction factors.
Resveratrol has been found in previous studies to increase bone health in men and women. It is one of a group of plant compounds known as polyphenols. In addition to red wine and grapes, resveratrol is found in nuts. Resveratrol is also available as a nutritional supplement.