A new study suggests that consuming backing soda may offset some of the negative outcomes of autoimmune diseases. The over-the-counter anti-acid apparently prompts the spleen to release anti-inflammatory molecules to help fight off the disease.
The findings appeared this week in the Journal of Immunology.
Scientists found that when people drink baking soda dissolved in water, the stomach produces more acid to digest the incoming food. Meanwhile, the spleen’s mesothelial cells are instructed not to prompt an immune response.
Baking soda tells the spleen’s mesothelial cells that the stomach will digest a hamburger, not fight an infection, researchers explained. Mesothelial cells create the external lining of the organs preventing them from rubbing to one another.
Past studies revealed that mesothelial cells can trigger protective immune responses in case of need. The cells’ finger-like extremities dubbed microvilli can sense a virus or other invader attacking organs.
When a person drinks a baking soda solution, the spleen gets the message that there is no need for an immune response. The spleen is an important part of the human immune system as it filters blood and can sound the alarm in case of infection.
Baking Soda’s Health Benefits
The study clearly shows that baking soda has anti-inflammatory properties. After two weeks of consuming a baking soda solution every day, study participants had larger numbers of immune cells that reduce inflammation in their spleen, kidneys, and blood than they did before the trial.
Researchers explained that baking soda seems to have turned the immune cells called macrophages from the M1 type (the pro-inflammatory one) to the M2 type (the anti-inflammatory one).
The research team assessed baking soda’s benefits on lab animals that had chronic kidney disease and high blood pressure. In kidney disease, the blood is too acidic which can lead to osteoporosis and cardiovascular issues in the long run.
Consuming baking soda daily reduces acidity and slows down the ill effects of kidney disease, the study also found.
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