[amazon_link asins=’B01ATIWYKG,B01GOYTACE,B01EKQX8O4,B000XQCWK2′ template=’ProductCarousel’ store=’finmeacur-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’1e449cf8-4c5a-11e7-a4bf-012190639394′]Many people consume too much salt, but new research may have uncovered one reason people crave it — it might lead to a better mood.
Researchers found that when rats are deficient in sodium chloride (common table salt), they shy away from activities they normally enjoy. A loss of pleasure in normally pleasing actitvities is one of the most important features of psychological depression.
If salt is a natural mood-elevating substance, it could help explain why so many are tempted to over-ingest it, even though it’s known to contribute to high blood pressure, heart disease and other health problems.
Science Blog March 10, 2009
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