The H2 Revolution

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By Julia Abelsohn

There’s always something new under the sun. Bitcoin claims to have the potential to change the future of currency. The Bullet Proof diet suggests you’ll never look at butter the same way again. And now Molecular Hydrogen is the new kid on the block that promises to have numerous health benefits. So what is Molecular Hydrogen and why are we hearing so much about it?

Since about 2007, scientists in Japan have been studying the effects of Molecular Hydrogen, or dissolved hydrogen (H2) and there are now over 500 published scientific papers and peer reviewed studies finding hydrogen enriched drinking water to be highly beneficial for over 150 diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, stroke and trauma, inflammation, injury recovery, hearing loss, eye damage and more.

Not all free radicals are alike

H2, dissolved hydrogen in your drinking water, is a unique selective antioxidant and more effective than any other antioxidants because it is the smallest molecule in the universe and capable of superlative bio availability to fluidly penetrate far more effectively than any other supplements. As the smallest and lightest element in the periodic table H2, when ingested, travels throughout the bloodstream and—according to a 2013 review published in the journal Medical Gas Research—weasels its way into the mitochondria, the energy centers of a cell, and penetrates the nucleus, where the majority of DNA is stored. Once there, it significantly reduces free radicals—inflammation-causing molecules linked to everything from accelerated skin aging to cancer. It scavenges only harmful cytotoxic oxygen radicals and leaves the beneficial radicals alone.

The Studies Show

Human, animal, and cell studies show that his hydrogen exerts beneficial effects via three primary methods.

  • Instantaneously converts the toxic hydroxyl radicals in your body to water
  • Maintains the homeostatic levels of our body’s own antioxidants
  • Has a beneficial effect on cell signaling, cell metabolism, and gene expression, which gives it anti-inflammatory, anti-obesity, and anti-aging effects.

So you might be thinking, “It acts like an anti-oxidant, is anti-inflammatory and has anti-aging effects. Sounds great but I thought hydrogenation was bad for me? What about hydrogenated margarine?”

Infusing hydrogen into water is very different from hydrogenating margarine. “To be very clear about this, H2 molecular hydrogen gas is NOT a foreign substance,”  says Tyler LeBaron, founder of the Molecular Hydrogen Institute (MHI), and one of the foremost authorities in the science of hydration. “In fact, after a fiber-rich meal our gut bacteria produces a large amount of this hydrogen gas which diffuses into the blood and exerts many beneficial effects which is another reason why your Mom was right and told you to, “Eat your vegetables because they are good for you.” Hydrogen as a medical gas is also growing because it has immediate medical applications to help with the top 8/10 disease-causing fatalities as listed by the Centers of Disease Control including Alzheimer’s Disease, Cardiovascular Disease, Cerebrovascular Disease and even Influenza and pneumonia.

Molecular hydrogen is powerful but is not considered a powerful drug, and as mentioned only helps bring the cell/organ back to homeostasis without causing major perturbations. Hydrogen is very natural to our bodies, as we are exposed to it on a daily basis as a result of normal bacterial metabolism. You can’t overdose on it and there have been no reported negative side effects.

Water Ionizers

Many people have reported benefits from using alkaline water ionizers, but it wasn’t until 2007-2010 that scientists and researchers understood that the therapeutic property in alkaline ionized water was hydrogen gas. As a result of this new research the water ionizer industry has been completely revolutionized to take advantage of this new information.

At Best Water we have many ways of making H2 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.

 Future Directions

It is clear from these numerous studies, as well as anecdotal information, that molecular hydrogen is not a fad but a promising new breakthrough for health and wellness. The Molecular Hydrogen Foundation (MHF) is leading the way to help advance the research, education, and awareness of hydrogen as a therapeutic medical gas. 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.

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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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