Is hydrogen water the new fountain of youth?

Hydrogen water: is it the new fountain of youth?

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By Julia Abelsohn

Legend has it that Ponce de Leon was searching for the Fountain of Youth when he sighted the lands that now comprise the state of Florida. Few believe in the mythical fountain of youth. However,  many are looking for ways to turn back the clock. Health and fitness gurus seem to be as prolific as smart phones these days. We are bombarded with expensive products to keep our skin supple, our tummies tight, and our energy levels balanced. The latest trend seems to be hydrogen water, but how valid are the claims to its health benefits? And is it really a fountain of youth ? Science rarely lies so let’s have a closer look at what research currently shows us.

Drinking hydrogen water

The science behind dissolved hydrogen, or H2 water, has been making the headlines. One journalist recently tried drinking hydrogen water and reported that within a few months her eyesight started to improve. She was interviewing Tyler LeBaron, the Founder and Executive Director of the science-based nonprofit Molecular Hydrogen Institute. She asked him about the anti-aging properties of drinking H2 rich water.

He admitted that some studies with H2 on the retina showed some improvement.  He also pointed out that it’s likely that the hydrogen gas has anti-aging properties but no major studies have been done as of yet. “It’s likely that hydrogen gas will promote longevity, “ says LeBaron. “When you look at all the benefits that hydrogen gas has, it will at least improve your quality of life if not actually prolong it.”

The Molecular Hydrogen Institute has spearheaded research into the numerous health benefits of H2 water. Here are a few examples of the ways that drinking H2 water improves our quality of life as we age.

Hydrogen water reduces inflammation and pain

As we age, we ache more. Those aches and pains seems to be waiting for us as we get up in the morning or when we exercise too much or too little. H2 has been shown to be a powerful anti-inflammatory. It is also can potentially modify the switched-on genes that create a constant state inflammation.

Optimal cognitive function and H2 water

Crosswords and Sudoku may help your brain function but they are not enough on their own to keep your brain in top shape. The brain is 2-4% of your body’s weight but consumes 20-40% of the oxygen you breathe. Since 2-5% of the oxygen you breathe turns into free radicals, your brain is highly susceptible to oxidative stress damage. H2 neutralizes excess free radicals that occur in the brain.

Hydrogen-infused water increases energy levels

Who couldn’t use a boost in energy, but as we age, our energy levels also decline. H₂ can give you energy in several ways because it can so quickly enter your cells and release its many benefits. Adenosine triphosphate, or ATP, is known as the energy currency of the cell. Once ATP is broken down to adenosine diphosphate (ADP), energy is released. This energy promotes all cellular activities. When we have more energy we naturally enjoy our daily activities more.

H2 activates production of your own antioxidant levels

H2 triggers activation of antioxidant enzymes in the body (e.g., glutathione peroxidase, super-oxide dismutase, catalase, etc.) and/or proteins that protect the cell. Each one of these enzymes takes care of different kinds of free radicals, and they work together to keep the cells healthy.

Hydration for anti-aging

Although hydrogen water has been making the news recently, it’s by no means a new topic. At a symposium on cancer in 1968 Dr Mu Shik Jhon proposed an entirely new theory for aging. His theory, which he called the Molecular Water Environment Theory says that aging is a loss of hexagonal water (hydrogen H2 water) from organs, tissues and cells, and on overall decrease in total body water.

Today there is considerable evidence that rejuvenation may be as simple as re-hydration. According to Dr. Mu Shik Jhon’s theory, “Replenishing the body with molecular hydrogen  rich water can increase vitality, slow the aging process, and prevent disease.”

Molecular hydrogen and aging.

It is clear that molecular hydrogen is not a fad but a promising breakthrough for health and wellness and improving our quality of life as we age. It is uncommon to find a treatment that has both a high therapeutic potential and a high safety profile; hydrogen appears to fit this combination.

At Best Water we have many ways of making hydrogen water available for your individual needs. We sell a variety of electric, non-electric and portable ionizers that infuse H2 into your water. We also sell H2 tablets that infuse additional hydrogen into your filtered water for increased benefits. Contact us at: 877-771-1942 or








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Julia Abelsohn

Julia Abelsohn is a writer, editor and clinical aromatherapist. She has been sharing her expertise and passion for health and wellness for over 25 years. When not at her desk she can be found exploring the many trails and green spaces near her home in Edmonton, Alberta.

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