A study, published in the Journal of Immunology, states that baking soda can potentially fight inflammation in our body, keeping the risks of autoimmune diseases at bay! The researchers from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University explained that oral sodium bicarbonate potentially activates a Splenic anti-inflammatory pathway. In this way it prevents inflammation and autoimmune diseases at the cellular level.
Baking soda or sodium carbonate can make wonders with a lot of tricks up its sleeve. It finds extensive uses in the household and personal care. For example, baking soda is useful in,
- Cleaning smelly fridges
- Draining clogged pipes out
- Making toothpastes, mouth fresheners
- Soothing the painful sunburns
- Polishing silver flatware
- Removing oil and grease stains
Moreover, the study suggests that it is a powerful agent to create an anti-inflammatory environment in our body.
Autoimmune diseases occur when our immune system overreacts. When the immune system attacks a body in error, it may cause diseases like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease. These are a few of the autoimmune diseases.
These conditions can be possibly reversed, suppressing the immune system and its reactions but this might promote cancer and other diseases in some cases. However, the use of baking soda provides a safer way to overcome such problems.
The spleen stores macrophages and WBCs. Mesothelial cells, lining the spleen, activate these macrophages and trigger the immune response in case of foreign invasion.
Baking soda targets these mesothelial cells, preventing false alarms and inapt or overreaction of the immune system. It also activates the anti-inflammatory pathways which gives rise to the lesser inflammatory versions of macrophages.
What does the study say?
For the study, a series of experiments was carried out. The researchers employed laboratory mice with kidney problems and fed with an aqueous solution of baking soda for two weeks.
The researchers found that the mice had macrophages transformed from a high inflammatory state (M1) to less inflammatory state (M2). They then repeated the same experiment with healthy medical students. The students received 2g of baking soda in 250ml of water and showed the same response.
Renal Physiologist Dr. Paul O’Connor, the contributing author of the study, mentions that baking soda is an effective, convenient, safe and easy way to treat inflammation. According to him, it doesn’t turn off or on anything in the body. It just shifts the balance to a safer side.
Other uses of baking soda
Baking soda is reportedly used in the immunotherapy drugs. Researchers suggest that it helps against complicated tumors. Drinking baking soda mixed with water helps to create a favorable environment inside the body. In this way, it lets the therapeutics to attack cancer or tumor cells.
Moreover, baking soda might benefit people with chronic kidney diseases. After two-years of continuous trials, scientists conclude that a daily intake of 1800 milligrams of baking soda supplement can help to treat patients with metabolic acidosis and chronic kidney disease. Fewer patients in the trials went on to develop the end-stage renal disease.
Baking soda had also been addressing minor ailments in the long run. However, a special care must be taken regarding the amount of ingestion. An excessive usage of baking soda may lead to unnecessary side effects that might be harmful to the consumer’s body.