Drinking hydrogen rich water may sound like something the X-Men would do, but this potent healing agent is making waves in the medical community for it’s therapeutic benefits. Research shows it can fight over sixty diseases, including cancer. Interested? Read on.
What exactly is hydrogen rich water?
Simply put, it’s regular water supplemented with hydrogen gas. Water is already part hydrogen (H2O), but the therapeutic effects of hydrogen cannot be exploited because of the way it’s attached to the oxygen molecule.
On the other hand, adding hydrogen gas to water, bonds the hydrogen and oxygen molecules to create a powerful healing agent, capable of fighting multiple diseases.
In industry, hydrogen gas has been used for decades, to generate electricity and produce many of your household goods. And because hydrogen is three times more energy dense than gasoline, even NASA use it as rocket fuel!
However, its medicinal use has been slow to catch on, until now. Researchers at Nagoya University in Japan conducted animal and human studies to test the effects of hydrogen rich water in the treatment of melanoma, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s. Results were promising, paving the way for a growing body of research in this burgeoning field.
Oxidative stress and the healing power of hydrogen rich water
Oxidative stress is an imbalance between the production of free radicals in your body (which are harmful) and your ability to neutralize them through antioxidants. Some oxidative stress is natural, and as you age, it increases. But too much damages your DNA, making you prone to diseases like cancer.
Typically, your body mounts a counter-attack in the form of glutathione (see here for my post on glutathione). Unfortunately, most people are deficient in this powerhouse antioxidant.
Enter hydrogen rich water! Scientists have discovered that it can upregulate glutathione production because it activates the Nrf2 pathway. Nrf2 is a signaling mechanism (see here for Nrf2 post) which not only boosts glutathione levels but other antioxidants like superoxide dismutase too.
Nrf2 is usually activated through exercise and nutrition, but studies now show hydrogen gas has the same effect. By combating oxidative stress, hydrogen rich water protects you from cellular damage that can cause cancer and a host of other diseases linked to DNA.
Other benefits of hydrogen rich water
- Decreases inflammation
- Under certain conditions, kills cancer cells through apoptosis (cell death)
- Increases recovery time from exercise
- Halts atrophy (degeneration) of muscle tissue, keeping you supple and mobile
- Decreases fatigue
- Anti-aging (fights off oxidative stress)
- Improves gut bacteria
- Anti-allergy (by reducing inflammatory cytokines – protein molecules in your body)
Where to buy it
Hydrogen infused water is not sustainable in glass or plastic containers, so be weary of brands packaging in these materials. The startup HFactor offers BPA-free pouches (think Capri-Sun) and are available in retailers across the U.S. and online.
If you’re curious to learn more about hydrogen rich water, check out the non-profit Molecular Hydrogen Foundation/Institute (MHF), and find out how hydrogen water can benefit you!
As always, pushing for health.