Researchers from Weill Cornell Medicine recently published findings of a study designed to determine the effects of a high-salt diet on the brains of laboratory mice -- or, more technically, the connections between "high dietary salt intake [and] neurovascular and cognitive impairment."

The study's senior author, Dr. Costantino Iadecola, director of the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI) and the Anne Parrish Titzell Professor of Neurology at Weill Cornell Medicine, said in a press release, “We discovered that mice fed a high-salt diet developed dementia even when blood pressure did not rise. This was surprising since, in humans, the deleterious effects of salt on cognition were attributed to hypertension.”

The release goes on to note that roughly 90 percent of American adults have a daily sodium intake greater than the 2,300 mg that is recommended.

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