Salt craving neurons triggered by taste sensation discovered
Neurons that love salt - interesting science news

Salt is truly one of the main components of today’s fast food. However excessive salt consumption is also associated with cardiovascular diseases and cognitive disorders. Now, researchers have discovered neurons in mouse brain that control salt cravings.

These neurons located in the hind brain which are triggered into action once the body senses that it is low on sodium. Scientists artificially stimulated these neurons with light to increase the sodium intake in these mice even if they were completely satiated with salt.

Further they discovered that these neurons are stimulated from the taste system on the tongue and not if the salt is directly infused in the stomach. This could be a first step in regulating cravings in humans.

Read the full story: Caltech
Scientific publication: Nature


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