How sodium and magnesium can boost your immune system
An advanced study from Stanford University has revealed that a combination of magnesium and sodium can boost the immune system.
The team found that people who consumed the highest doses of sodium and potassium were more than three times as likely to have elevated levels of antibodies against herpes simplex virus (HSV-2).
“We found that both magnesium and potassium had the same effect on HSV-1 antibodies,” said lead researcher Dr. Eric Pfeffer.
“We hypothesize that if we are getting enough sodium and/or potassium, we are also getting enough magnesium, and if we get enough magnesium and/and potassium, our immune systems are going to be able to be more sensitive to it.”
In the study, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, researchers found that the researchers tested participants for HSV antibodies at baseline and after six months of treatment.
The participants who had the highest dose of magnesium were also more than five times more likely to be immune against HSV than those who had lower magnesium and higher sodium levels.
“The researchers think that magnesium may be a good candidate to reduce the risk of HSV, because it has a long half-life,” Pfefer said.
The researchers believe that magnesium has a role in boosting the immune systems immune response to viral infections.
“Mg deficiency has been implicated in a number of autoimmune disorders, including arthritis, diabetes, and some cancers,” Pfer said in a press release.
“Our research suggests that magnesium deficiency might be a potential treatment for autoimmune diseases.
This could potentially be particularly useful for patients with type 1 diabetes, since magnesium deficiency may affect the glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity.”
The study found that participants who consumed high doses of magnesium had more HSV antibody than those participants who did not.
“This was very surprising, because we previously suspected that magnesium might be protective against HSVs, and this study shows that magnesium is protective against a range of HSVs,” said Pfeffer.
“In fact, the researchers also found that magnesium supplementation also reduced the HSV replication rates of HSVS, as well as the number of antibodies detected.”
The researchers also discovered that the magnesium and magnesium-rich diet that participants were given before and after their treatment was able to reduce HSV infection by up to 90 percent.
The study was conducted at the Stanford School of Medicine and is part of the Stanford Immunology Center for Human Immunology and Disease Prevention.