A daily dose of baking soda may help reduce the destructive inflammation of autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, scientists say. They have some of the first evidence of how the cheap, over-the-counter anti-acid can encourage our spleen to promote instead an anti-inflammatory environment that could be therapeutic in the face of inflammatory disease, Medical College of Georgia scientists reported in the Journal of Immunology.
They have shown that when rats or healthy people drink a solution of baking soda it becomes a trigger for the stomach to make more acid to digest the next meal and for little-studied mesothelial cells sitting on the spleen to tell the fist-sized organ that there's no need to mount a protective immune response.
"The shift from inflammatory to an anti-inflammatory profile is happening everywhere," said Dr. Paul O'Connor says. "We saw it in the kidneys, we saw it in the spleen, now we see it in the peripheral blood."