Hydrogen water is quickly becoming the most practical application today for better health. For one thing, there have been over 500 peer-reviewed articles demonstrating hydrogen to have therapeutic potential in essentially every organ of the human body and in150 different human disease models.
There have been studies about the benefits of hydrogen water for arthritis, inflammation, weight loss, diabetes, cancer, skin, aging, acidosis, allergies, eye health and so on. It seems to be that hydrogen water has a positive result in eliminating or improving almost any bodily dysfunction.
What is Hydrogen Water?
Hydrogen rich water is simply water that has been infused with additional hydrogen gas molecules (H2). You can drink it and bathe in it for its therapeutic benefits. In fact, documented “healing” or “curative” waters around the world contain naturally dissolved hydrogen gas. The waters of Nordenau Germany; Tlacote, Mexico; Nadana, India; and Hita Tenryou Sui (Mineral Water) drawn from the Hita basin in Japan are but a few.
What Makes Hydrogen Water So Effective As A Health Benefit?
Hydrogen water is effective for a few reasons. One, hydrogen (H2) is the smallest molecule in the universe and this extremely small size and its high lipid solubility (ability to dissolve in lipids, fats, or oils) allows it to easily enter into the subcellular tiny compartments of the cell mitochondria and other locations in a cell.
Since molecular hydrogen (H2) can easily diffuse into the subcellular compartments, it reduces the levels of cytotoxic oxygen radicals (free radicals) and protects the DNA, RNA and proteins from oxidative stress (the imbalance between the production of free radicals and the body’s ability to counteract or detoxify their harmful effects).
What are Free Radicals?
Free radicals are usually the basis of the body’s imbalance. They are groups of atoms with an odd (unpaired) number of electrons and can be formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules. This sounds innocent enough, but once created they continue in a chain reaction growing and growing as they search for more electrons to become even. This is where damage occurs as they are now “electron stealers” – stealing electrons from other cell membranes and even our DNA. When cells lose electrons they may function poorly or die if this occurs.
Antioxidants are the Good Guys
To prevent free radical damage the body has a defense system of antioxidants. Antioxidants are molecules which can safely interact with free radicals and terminate the chain reaction before vital molecules are damaged. Human cells are able to product their own antioxidants that can fight damaging free radicals, but can succumb to oxidative stress when outnumbered by free radical damage.
Molecular Hydrogen Is An Antioxidant
The second reason molecular hydrogen is that molecular hydrogen is an antioxidant because it also triggers the activation of additional antioxidant enzymes (e.g. glutathione, superoxide dismutase, catalase, etc.) and/or cytoprotective proteins of the body. It actually helps the body fight against cellular damage.
However, not all free radicals are harmful and we don’t need to neutralize all of them; and this is where the benefits of hydrogen gas come in. Molecular hydrogen is a selective antioxidant because it only targets the destructive highly toxic free radicals in the body and leaves alone the good free radicals like nitric oxide which athletes and bodybuilders take.
Molecular Hydrogen Converts Free Radicals To Water
And the third reason is that once the hydrogen molecule (H2) interacts with damaging free radicals it converts them to water and the free radicals will exit your body through your body’s elimination systems.There is no toxic byproduct left from the altercation that can happen with other antioxidants like Vitamin C. Once Vitamin C fights a free radical there is a toxic byproduct left that the body now has to figure out how to clear- not so, with molecular hydrogen.
So, you can see how extremely helpful hydrogen water can be. Drinking, bathing, or showering in it can be simple ways to allow it’s therapeutic benefits to get into your body and get to work flushing out the damaging free radicals and helping to restore the body to optimal health.