Hydrogen water is the next big thing in wellness. In a nutshell, its water that through several means has extra hydrogen gas added to it. But what makes hydrogen water good for you? Let’s find out.
For starters, its main benefits are to decrease inflammation, boost athletic performance, and even slow the aging process. Nicholas Perricone, M.D., says “You’ll find that after you work out you’re nowhere near as tired. You could probably do another workout afterwards.”
Second, it has effect on those with metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a condition that shows high blood sugar, increased triglyceride levels, high cholesterol, and excess belly fat.
A 10-week study had 20 people with signs of metabolic syndrome to drink 30–34 ounces (0.9–1 liter) of hydrogen-enriched water per day. They experienced significant reductions in “bad” LDL and total cholesterol, increases in “good” HDL cholesterol, greater antioxidant activity, and reduced levels of inflammatory markers (Healthline).
Third, it’s an excellent antioxidant. Free radicals are unstable molecules that contribute to oxidative stress, a major cause of disease and inflammation. Hydrogen water fights free radicals in your body and protects your cells from the effects of oxidative stress.
A study showed that 24 out of 49 patients who undergone radiation therapy for liver cancer were instructed to drink 51–68 ounces (1,500–2,000 ml) of hydrogen-enriched water per day.
The results showed those who consumed the hydrogen water showed decreased levels of hydroperoxide, a marker of oxidative stress, and maintained greater antioxidant activity after radiation treatment than the control group (Healthline). In layman’s term, they appeared healthier.
Hydrogen water benefits athletes by reducing inflammation and slowing the accumulation of lactate in the blood, which is a sign of muscle fatigue. A study showed that athletes who drank 51 ounces (1,500 ml) of hydrogen-enriched water experienced lower levels of blood lactate and decreased muscle fatigue after exercise compared to a placebo group (Healthline).
Aside from these, it also increases blood circulation, stabilizes health & support healing, enhances better nutrient absorption in the body better hydration for your body, and improves muscle-tissue functions & joints mobility. In this sense, it increases the body’s efficiency.
Hydrogen water first started off in Japan in the 1960’s, known as the “Shin’nooru solution”. Nearly two years ago, Japan began using hydrogen-infused IVs for medical use to treat illnesses ranging from dehydration to serious infections.
Now in Japan, it is commonly used to help the skin and slow the aging process.
The “miraculous” healing-water mineral-springs like Lourdes spring water in France, Tlacote water in Mexico, Nordenau water in Germany and Nadana water in India shows high concentration of dissolved hydrogen gas (H2).
People who soak, drink, or inhale from these springs ingest the higher concentrations of molecular hydrogen. This substance proved its healing power is increasingly being acknowledged by the western scientific community.