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Student finds link between swimming pool minerals and health benefits

For some time, Poolrite’s MagnaPool customers have told them about how their skin and some health conditions have improved after swimming in a MagnaPool.  So, the company was interested to see what scientific evidence exists to explain these health benefits.

Poolrite / MagnaPool project - Navin Chandrasekaran 
 Above: Wayne Taylor, Grant Brooks and Ross Palmer (Poolrite/
 MagnaPool) with CEED student Navin Chandrasekaran

MagnaPool’s mineralised water has Magnesium and Potassium chlorides (amongst other minerals), which are believed to interact with our biological systems, to bring about therapeutic effects.  It is the effect of these minerals through skin (transdermal) absorption that the company decided to explore in a recent CEED project.

Navin Chandrasekaran (Master of Biotechnology - Advanced student at Uni of Queensland) was selected by the company for this project.

Navin’s project methodology included a number of research objectives, such as to identify:

  • The role of magnesium ions at molecular level and the way clinical effects are induced.  Navin focused on transdermal absorption (via the skin), because it is the most relevant penetration/absorption method in a swimming pool. 
  • The structure and physiology of the human skin, in order to understand how substances are absorbed.
  • The role of magnesium on the living system, via its chemical and biological interactions.  For example, how magnesium and potassium ions may be transported between cells and tissue.
  • Clinical effects of magnesium deficiency, and associated disorders
  • Case studies related to the rate of absorption of magnesium salts, and a case study on the Dead Sea salt experiment

At the conclusion of Navin’s research project (in June), he catalogued all of the relevant articles found, and highlighting those of most interest to Poolrite

In addition, Navin also recommended potential areas for further research and/or clinical trials, based on his research results.  Navin’s recommendations were of great interest and potential commercial value to Poolrite.

Navin found good evidence for a range of beneficial effects of magnesium ions in biological systems, including respiratory and skin disorders.  However, to demonstrate reproducibility of the clinical effects, Navin identified the areas that will need further research / clinical trials, as well as an experimental design for this research.

Poolrite are delighted with the results of Navin’s CEED project and his recommendations for further research.  In fact, the company is now discussing how they can sponsor a PhD scholarship for Navin to continue his work, in partnership with Professor Ross Barnard, the University of Queensland, and other potential research and clinical trial partners.

Currently, Poolrite has many testimonials and anecdotal evidence indicating the health and wellness benefits of swimming in their MagnaPool’s.  However, Poolrite are keen to back-up their customers’ experiences with solid scientific evidence, in order to help others understand how and why these therapeutic benefits occur.  Navin’s CEED project has given the company confidence and a clear direction of how to achieve this goal.

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