Hydrogen is a gas that floats around the planet freely, but only in the last few years has the medical community made significant efforts to unlock the hydrogen rich water health benefits.
Hydrogen has antioxidant properties and the ability to reduce bodily inflammation. By drinking water supplemented with hydrogen, patients are able to treat a variety of health problems, including chronic pain caused by inflammation, Type 2 Diabetes and insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, loss of appetite, and neurodegenerative diseases. According to John Biethan, an expert at the Thorp Institute of Integrated Medicine and advocate of hydrogen-rich water, molecular hydrogen has become such a potent health warrior because of its role in “cell signaling.” Specifically, the molecular hydrogen attacks the hydroxyl free radical in the body “that is responsible for damaging cells.” In layman’s terms, Biethan says this means that the hydrogen “tells the cells in the body what to do to allow the body to heal itself.” The result, he says, is a reduction in overall disease. Biethan has talked to many users who boast that they have not been sick or experienced allergies since they started drinking hydrogen-rich water.
Drinking water supplemented with hydrogen is one of the easier ways to consume hydrogen gas for medical purposes. Other methods of consumption include inhalation, topical application, and oral ingestion of hydrogen producing tablets. It is also possible to administer hydrogen gas through saline eye-drops or injection. Biethan notes that hydrogen is the “most abundant molecule in the universe,” as well as the smallest element. These properties allow it to “enter and exit the mitochondria, which nothing else really can do in the same way.” Essentially, because the hydrogen molecule is the smallest existing molecule, it has a high level of bioavailability, allowing it to pass easily through cell membranes in the body to target the root cause of disease.
Studies show that consuming hydrogen-rich water for a few weeks at a time can reduce reactive oxygen metabolites (ROMs) in the bloodstream, which can damage cells, while sustaining blood oxidation levels needed to ensure health. The result is a reduction in oxidative stress and inflammation, which effectively reduces cell damage and leads to an improved quality of life. Decreased oxidative stress is also a valuable factor which helps prevent metabolic syndrome and soften the impact of neurodegenerative disease. Hydrogen-rich water, through its power to combat oxidative stress, is a promising remedy for these and other diseases. Its anti-inflammatory properties are already used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, one of the most prominent and debilitating conditions caused by high levels of inflammation in the body.