Hydrogen-Rich Water is a new buzzword floating around the health and wellness community. It can be confusing at first because it begs the question; isn’t hydrogen already in water? The answer to that question is YES. All water molecules are made up of hydrogen and oxygen (H2O). However, the hydrogen atoms comprising the water molecule are bound to the oxygen atom within the water molecule itself and are not in a free form that is available to the human body .
So, what is hydrogen water? Hydrogen water or hydrogen-rich water is water enriched or infused with hydrogen gas (H2), also known as molecular hydrogen . This means that hydrogen molecules or nano bubbles of molecular hydrogen are dissolved in the water, but do not actually bond with any of the water molecules. Some may think this idea sounds strange or far-fetched; however, it is not. Most, if not all, people are very familiar with this concept. Have you ever heard of carbonated drinks? These drinks are enriched with CO2 (carbon dioxide gas) which gives these drinks their fizzy characteristic . Carbonated beverages are extremely popular and widespread in our society today. These drinks include soda, energy drinks, champagne, and carbonated water, to name a few. Most of these drinks do not possess any health benefits . In fact, carbonated drinks that are high in sugar have been linked to the pathogenesis of metabolic syndrome and Type 2 diabetes . So, the idea of dissolving gas into our drinks is all around us and we are very accustomed to it.
This brings us to the next big 3 questions:
What is hydrogen gas?
Hydrogen gas is made up of two hydrogen atoms that are covalently bonded (shared electrons). This gas has a neutral charge and is the smallest and lightest gas in the universe . These qualities make hydrogen gas extremely unique because it means H2 can get anywhere it wants to in your body, including passing the blood-brain barrier, and into subcellular compartments such as the mitochondria of your cells. Molecular hydrogen is also known as a therapeutic medical gas with amazing medical potential in the scientific literature .
Is hydrogen-rich water beneficial?
The short answer is ABSOLUTELY YES! Molecular hydrogen has been demonstrated to be therapeutic in over 600 scientific studies for over 170 human disease models . This means molecular hydrogen has the therapeutic potential to help the vast majority of individuals today. Molecular hydrogen has the potential to help the person dealing with seasonal allergies and to the person facing CANCER . Molecular hydrogen is one of the newest & simplest ways an individual can take preventative measures in their health.
Here is a short list of the potential therapeutic benefits for the human body that have been associated with H2 research so far:
- Selective antioxidant 
- Anti-Inflammatory Effects 
- Smallest, most bioavailable molecule 
- Aids in Gene Expression and regulation of proteins 
- Anti-Allergic Effects 
- Anti-Cellular Death (anti-apoptotic) 
- Increases Endogenous Antioxidants 
- Anti-Diabetic Effects 
- Anti-Cancer Effects 
- Improve Cognitive Function 
- Protects DNA & RNA 
- Anti-Tumor Effect 
We will go even deeper into the enormous potential health benefits of molecular hydrogen in part 2 of this article series: “The Remarkable Health Potential of Hydrogen Water”
Who can drink it?
One of the best parts about hydrogen water is that it has been shown to have a tremendous safety profile. This has been demonstrated in a few ways.
Out of 600+ scientific studies, H2 has shown no cytotoxic effects or cytotoxic by-products in the human body .
We have a basal level of H2 in our blood stream at all times, around 1~5 micromolar or less .
Humans can produce up to 10 liters of H2 a day with a good diet containing fruits, vegetables, and fiber-rich foods. This is due to the production of H2 by our gut flora (gut bacteria) .
Another reason we know H2 is safe is because it has been used to ameliorate decompression sickness in deep sea diving since 1945 . The H2 concentration has been as high 98.87% H2 and 1.26% of O2, at 19.1 atm with minimal to no adverse or cytotoxic effects . Our US military also has been using H2 for deep sea diving since the 60’s.
Molecular hydrogen has been demonstrated to be extremely safe for the human body .
This information tells us that hydrogen-rich water is safe for consumption in all age groups, from children to adults, as a preventive beverage that has the potential to reduce oxidative stress and so much more. Everyone, including children, is exposed to oxidative stress, which has been linked to the pathogenesis of nearly all disease conditions, including CANCER . Consuming water infused with molecular hydrogen is exactly what our society needs to aid in the battle against degenerative disease.
To find out more about molecular hydrogen or hydrogen water’s potential health benefits and to see supporting scientific research you can visit the following sites.
www.NIH.gov: National Instiute of Health
www.MolecularHydrogenFoundation.org: Scientific Non-profit Organization for Molecular Hydrogen
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