Why Hydrogen Rich Water in your Home?
Over the last few hundred years, hydrogen gas has demonstrated a therapeutic effect on over 150 human diseases, as well as enhanced health and wellbeing. As revolutionary as this may be, what exactly is hydrogen? Furthermore, why should hydrogen be included in your water?
The people of Japan have been bathing in Hydrogen Rich water for centuries, their natural hot springs, known as Onsens, are sought after for their salubrious and invigorating effects. It is well documented that dissolved Hydrogen gas is what gives the waters of Nordenau, Germany and Tlacote, Mexico, their medicinal prowess.
1978 marks the earliest record of hydrogens’ medicinal properties, where cases of inflammation were successfully treated. The topic did not gain true popularity among scientists until 2007, when an article on the benefits of hydrogen was published in the prestigious journal of Nature Medicine.
Hydrogen is colourless, odorless, tasteless and non-metallic. It is the lightest and simplest element in our known universe, expressed as the symbol ‘H’. It is comprised of just a single electron and proton. Under regular conditions it exists primarily as molecular hydrogen (H2 gas). In this form, hydrogen has been shown to exert an extensive range of therapeutic effects.
When H2 gas is present in water it is referred to as Hydrogen-enriched water and is simply conventional water (H2O) that contains dissolved hydrogen gas (H2). For example, there are carbonated soft drinks such as sodas and sparkling waters that contain dissolved carbon dioxide gas (CO2). In contrast water that contains dissolved hydrogen gas, is the best bet for a longer, healthier life.
Paragraph Footnote: * We do not recommend those types of beverages for improving health.
Hydrogen is the smallest molecule in the universe; this minuscule proportion allows for a smooth diffusion into the sub-cellular compartments of the mitochondria and other locations in the human body.
This distinct characteristic gives rise to 3 groundbreaking health benefits:
- Molecular hydrogen can easily diffuse into the subcellular compartments and combat cytotoxic oxygen radicals, thus protecting the DNA/RNA and proteins from oxidative stress. (This oxidative stress has been postulated in many conditions, including but not limited to : atherosclerosis, inflammatory conditions, numerous diseases, certain cancers, and even the process of aging.)
- Molecular hydrogen also triggers the activation or upregulation** of additional antioxidant enzymes (e.g. glutathione, superoxide dismutase, catalase, etc.) and/or cyto-protective proteins of the body.
Paragraph Footnote: ** Upregulation: An increase of a cellular component is called upregulation. An example of downregulation is the cellular decrease in the number of receptors to a molecule, such as a hormone or neurotransmitter, which reduces the cell's sensitivity to the molecule.
- Molecular hydrogen is considered a novel-signalling*** molecule that can alter cell signalling, cell metabolism and gene expression. The anti-inflammatory effects, anti-allergic effects, and anti-apoptotic (or anti-cell death) effects in the human body, stem from these favourable phenomenon.
Paragraph Footnote: *** how cells communicate.