Magnesium-rich foods can also protect us from cancer, research says
Cambridge: Adequate amount of magnesium in the diet strengthens our body’s natural immune system, but now new research has shown that its presence also helps us fight cancer.
Magnesium is one of our most important nutrients in foods such as almonds, cashews, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, beans, wheat, milk, yogurt and spinach. Experts say that the amount of magnesium in the daily diet of women should be 310 to 320 mg while the amount in the daily diet of men should be 400 to 420 mg.
The new research was conducted at the University of Basel, the details of which are published in the research journal Cell. This study shows that T cells belonging to the immune system need adequate amounts of magnesium to function properly. T cells also play a vital role in detecting and destroying cancerous cells, among other things.
Past experiments on mice have shown that mice with low magnesium in their diet had a weakened immune system and were more susceptible to the flu than other mice.
Now a team from the University of Basel, led by Professor Christoph Hayes, in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, has discovered that vital T cells in the body destroy damaged cells. But they do this better only when the whole system is rich in magnesium.
Above all, it was found that an important protein, LFA-1, is found on the surface of T cells, which can function well only in the presence of magnesium.
Thus, due to magnesium, T cells and LFA-1 are well connected and active. Without magnesium, this would not be possible, and T cells may fail to kill suspicious cancer cells. This failure can lead to further failure to prevent the spread of cancer.
This discovery will go a long way in making cancer treatment and immunotherapy more effective. In immunotherapy, we enable the body’s immune system to fight cancer on its own.
The discovery is expected to pave the way for effective aminotherapy using magnesium.