A new study from Augusta University’s Medical College of Georgia suggests that baking soda may be good for a lot more than soothing acid reflux and baking cakes. Drinking a baking soda solution can have a powerful effect on the mesothelial cells that line your internal organs. The baking soda solution can prompt these cells to send a signal to the spleen indicating that all is well, therefore inhibiting the action of inflammation-causing macrophages and encouraging production of anti-inflammatory M2 cells.
- The body’s mesothelial cells go into attack mode when a foreign invader threatens the system.
- Sometimes these cells go into hyperdrive unnecessarily, thereby causing an autoimmune disease.
- A constituent in everyday baking soda may have the power to alert these occasionally over-vigilant cells, letting them know when to stand down.
“In the new study, O’Connor and team tested the effect that a baking soda solution would have first on rats, and then on healthy human participants, and they noted that it influenced an intriguing mechanism.”