Hydrogen-Rich Water - Potential Health Benefits of This Miracle Molecule Part 2 of 3

We recommend that you read part 1 of this series before part 2. It covers the basics of why molecular hydrogen is important for slowing the aging process and staying healthy.

The majority of diseases and symptoms of aging are directly related to the most dangerous free radicals of all– Hydroxyl Radicals (OH).  There is no safe level of these cell-damaging foes. We are all impacted constantly by UV rays, radiation, EMFs, mold, pollutants and the many other factors which create them. Once we know the causes it’s vital to discover the countermeasure that can protect us. Molecular hydrogen (H2) is the only antioxidant that neutralizes OH — by instantly converting it into water.

Hundreds of studies on Molecular Hydrogen show effects against oxidative stress, inflammation and allergies. H2 is incredibly small–half the size of oxygen– allowing it to quickly and easily permeate and enter all of the body’s tissues, mitochondria and cells; crossing the blood-brain barrier and regulating gene expression as needed.

Based on scientific studies on over 170 human disease models, molecular hydrogen therapy has the potential to benefit:  ALS, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, anxiety, asthma, autism, atherosclerosis, autoimmune disorders, bipolar disorder, burns, cancer, cardiac arrest, cataracts, Crohn’s, COPD, Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, dementia, depression, dermatitis, fatty liver disease, glaucoma, gum disease, heart disease, hearing loss, Hepatitis B, hypertension, hemorrhagic shock, IBS, increased ATP production,  infant lung disease,  kidney disease, liver cirrhosis, Multiple Sclerosis, muscle fatigue, inflammation, insulin resistance, lymphoma, metabolic syndrome, neuropathy, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, painful bladder syndrome, pain, pancreatitis, Parkinson’s, psoriasis, pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary fibrosis, radiation damage, retinitis, schizophrenia, sepsis, sleep apnea, soft tissue injuries, stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage (aneurysms), seasonal allergies, traumatic brain injury, tumors,  ulcers, wounds, and more.

Damage to DNA by Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) has been widely accepted as a major cause of cancer. It is assumed that ROS are involved both in the initiation and progression of cancer. Therefore, neutralizing the impact from the most dangerous types of free radicals is one of the keys to prevention and spread of cancers. Molecular hydrogen does something vitally important—it enhances antioxidant enzymes such as superoxide dismutase, catalase and glutathione peroxidase.  Each antioxidant neutralizes different types of free radicals and work together to protect from oxidative stress damage in the cells by eliminating excess ROS.The brain is particularly vulnerable to oxidative stress. There is evidence that oxidative damage in the brain is related to cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s dementia. The ability of the H2 molecule to easily zip past the blood-brain barrier and into the vitally important and vulnerable mitochondria plays a protective role in preventing premature cell death.

A disease that molecular hydrogen therapy holds potential for treating is Parkinson’s disease, where oxidative stress is known to be a contributor. Scientists injected rats with a known Parkinson’s Disease-inducing toxin. The rats that were fed hydrogen-rich water didn’t develop Parkinson’s disease, despite the toxin exposure.

A randomized double-blind study in Japan in patients treated with the drug levodopa showed that drinking hydrogen water for 48 weeks significantly improved the total Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) score of Parkinson’s disease.

If you’re wondering how natural this actually is consider this: every time you eat a fiber-rich meal a small amount of hydrogen gas in created by bacteria in the intestines. This gas diffuses into the blood with beneficial effects. People have claimed miraculous benefits from drinking from special springs around the world. Two of the most famous are the healing waters of Lourdes, France and the water supply of the world’s longest-lived people, the Hunza of Pakistan. These water sources are abundant in hydrogen molecules.

The country with the highest life expectancy is Japan, where therapeutic use of H2 has been gaining popularity since it began in the early 1960’s. Centenarians (people aged 100 years and more) in Japan have been tested and shown to have four times more hydrogen in their breath than normal.

Science was slow to study this molecule because they assumed it was too simple to provide benefits. In the past 10 years hundreds of studies have shown that “simple” can be particularly powerful. This is an exciting area of research and one that won’t be utilized by Big Pharma because naturally occurring molecules can’t be patented. This is great news for those who prefer natural products like pure water, organic food and smart supplementation to maintain their health and reverse small challenges before they become diseases. Provided that you supply a broad spectrum of antioxidants through your food and supplements the other free radical species should be kept in check.

Currently these are the only methods of getting hydrogen-rich water in the U.S.:

  • Supplements– There are tablets and/or capsules for the purpose of producing H2 gas inside the stomach. Unfortunately, these products are expensive and the cost adds up quickly month after month.
  • Pre-packaged hydrogen water in disposable aluminum containers. The cost is high and the packaging must be discarded.
  • Counter-top machines are expensive and bulky, and anything but portable. Most cost $1,400 and more.
  • 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. This device is easily maintained and it will last for years of daily use.

Molecular hydrogen penetrates and passes through glass and plastic walls of any vessels, diminishing by half about every two hours. It will be retained for a much longer time when stored in aluminum. The good news is that your own home-made hydrogen-rich water can be easily transferred into reusable aluminum bottles if you don’t intend to drink it immediately. This way a family need purchase only one H2-making device.

Part 3 of this series will discuss more benefits shown by research regarding this amazing molecule.