Hydrogen-Rich Water - A Game Changer for Wellness and Prevention Part 1 of 3

“Molecular hydrogen” is the term most often used in studies of this amazing molecule. A molecule is a group of atoms bonded together, representing the smallest fundamental unit of a chemical compound that can take part in a chemical reaction. Water is composed of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. Together they make up a water molecule. The smallest, lightest and most plentiful atom/element in the universe is hydrogen making up 75% of the visible universe. Its atomic number is 1. Water does not naturally contain hydrogen molecules, only hydrogen atoms.

The reaction between water and elemental magnesium creates molecular hydrogen gas, which is a molecule made of two hydrogen atoms (H2). This is now recognized as the healthiest form of hydrogen. When it is made available to our cells it becomes the most powerful cell protector ever found.

The first study on molecular hydrogen in Nature Medicine in 2007 set the stage for over 600 more studies in the last ten years. Every study has revealed these consistencies: 1) there are no adverse effects or toxicity from the consumption of molecular hydrogen and 2) it is effective in every application tested to date.

A 2010 article on molecular hydrogen, published in Free Radical Research, stated:

“It is not an overstatement to say that hydrogen’s impact on therapeutic

and preventive medicine could be enormous in the future.”

Enemy #1- Persistent Oxidative Stress

Scientists around the world are in agreement with this—90% of all aging symptoms, DNA and RNA damage, health problems and diseases are caused by the presence and accumulation of free radicals called by their scientific term Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS).  ROS can cause undesirable and irreparable cellular damage. There are two types of free radicals: exogenous and endogenous. Exogenous ROS come from the outside in the form of pollutants, greenhouse gasses, tobacco smoke, EMF’s, UV radiation, ionizing radiation, ozone, drugs, antibiotics, chemicals, pesticides, bacteria, viruses, mold, processed food,—and the list goes on.

Endogenous ROS are produced as a result of natural processes inside our bodies, such as excessive exercise, inflammation, metabolizing our food, lack of sleep, stress, and simply breathing.

When an imbalance occurs between the balance of free radicals and antioxidants this is called oxidative stress. We’ve heard about free radicals for years and have been advised to consume plenty of antioxidant-rich foods to neutralize their harmful effects. For most of us that is no longer adequate due to the onslaught of sources of ROS in modern life.

Molecular Hydrogen to the Rescue

Due to the incredibly tiny size of the Hmolecule, as well as its fat solubility, it can travel rapidly throughout the body and through the blood-brain barrier to protect cells from the most dangerous ROS of all – Hydroxyl Radicals (OH). When we don’t eliminate hydrogen peroxide free radicals quickly they convert into damaging hydroxyl radicals in the presence of iron in our blood, for example. Hydroxyl radicals may also be produced when we are exposed to UV rays, radiation, and EMFs (electromagnetic frequencies). These energetic waves penetrate into our cells and forces water to split off one of the hydrogen molecules.

OH are incomplete and therefore reactive free radicals that must steal an electron from any other molecule it encounters—and thereby causing permanent damage to the cell DNA, proteins and/or lipids whose electron was stolen. Since OH ROS are just missing a hydrogen atom to become water– molecular hydrogen can simply and easily provide the missing atom to convert harmful OH into beneficial water.

If that isn’t enough of a benefit molecular hydrogen does something else vitally important—it helps to enhance antioxidant enzymes such as superoxide dismutase, catalase and glutathione peroxidase.  Each type of antioxidant neutralizes different types of free radicals and work together to make sure that excess ROS are eliminated to protect from oxidative stress damage in the cells.

Oxidation-Reduction Potential (ORP)

This is a measurement that shows whether a substance has an oxidizing effect or an antioxidant (reduction of ROS) effect. A positive number would show it has a damaging effect on cells, so this is a measurement where seeing a negative number, the lower the better, is optimal.  H2  by its very nature contributes to a low ORP reading.

How to Get Molecular Hydrogen into Our Cells

Now that you’ve read about molecular hydrogen’s power to protect our cells from the ravages of ROS it’s likely you are asking “how do I get some for myself?” Here are the current methods of accessing molecular hydrogen:

  1. Saline IV drip infused with H2 gas– The H2 industry is advanced in Japan where it has been utilized since the early 1960’s. Although popular in Japan this delivery system isn’t yet available in the U.S. due to FDA restrictions. It is also expensive and time consuming.
  2. Supplements– Several companies are selling tablets and/or capsules in the U.S. for the purpose of producing H2 gas inside the stomach. Unfortunately, these products are expensive and the cost adds up quickly month after month.
  3. Inhalation– H2 gas can be inhaled through a mask or nasal cannula hooked up to a H2 Although effective for acute needs such as stroke or sudden oxidative stress it’s not practical for daily use.
  4. Pre-packaged hydrogen water in disposable aluminum containers. The cost is high and the packaging must be discarded.
  5. Counter-top machines are expensive and bulky, and anything but portable. Most cost $1,400 and more.
  6. A compact, lightweight and portable device to make your own hydrogen-rich water wherever you are (in just three and a half minutes) is the simplest and most cost effective method.

Why haven’t we heard about the benefits of hydrogen-rich water for health before now? It is probably because it can’t be patented and is not profitable to Big Pharma.

Part 2 of this series will discuss specific benefits and applications demonstrated by the hundreds of studies on molecular hydrogen.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20815764

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