By Kris Abbey
What is Molecular Hydrogen or Hydrogen Water? Should I take it? Does it really have health benefits?
You just need to step into a health food shop or pharmacy to see the vast array of supplements, and that’s before you consider all the wonderful options available online. So how do you separate the fakes from the real deal? Or those supplements loaded with sugar or use toxic fillers. You almost need a chemistry degree to decipher what the ingredients are and what are their benefits.
For that reason, I am super picky with the supplements I take, and I tend to listen to my body as to whether they’re actually doing anything or not.
I was starting to read a lot about Molecular Hydrogen and Hydrogen water, and it really piqued my interest. Could it be just another One Hit Wonder supplement, or is it a true Rock Star? Is it really beneficial to your health?
The science is stacking up in favour of this supplement. While much of the research on the health benefits of hydrogen water (or molecular Hydrogen added to water) has been conducted in Japan, where it has been popular for some time, the results are really positive. Here are some of the proven health benefits according to the research:
A 2016 study published in the American Journal of Translational Research found that molecular hydrogen was able to reduce oxidative damage and protect cells against inflammation. This means that by adding more hydrogen to water, it is able to address the root cause of rheumatoid arthritis and help alleviate symptoms.
Hydrogen water alleviates muscle degeneration
In a study that examined the effect of drinking hydrogen water on mice with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a debilitating muscle disease, researchers found that hydrogen water helped to prevent muscular degeneration by increasing production of the master antioxidant glutathione peroxidase and by preventing excessive body mass gain.
Another study found that athletes who drank hydrogen water before exercise were able to lower blood lactate levels (which is what gives your muscles that “burn” after a workout) and improved exercise-induced decline in muscle function.
Reduces Oxidative Stress
When there are too many toxins in our body (whether from our diet, lifestyle or too much exercise), we are prone to oxidative stress (which causes inflammation and ageing). For the same reason molecular Hydrogen is a great anti-inflammatory, it is also a great antioxidant. By triggering the production of glutathione peroxidase, the body’s most powerful antioxidant, it goes to work mopping up the free-radicals (toxins) and therefore reducing oxidative stress.
Protects Against Parkinson’s Disease
A 2012 study published in the Journal of Medical Gas Research showed that drinking hydrogen water was able to protect against oxidative damage in the brain and prevent cognitive impairment associated with Parkinson’s disease. Another 2009 study found a similar result, concluding that “drinking H2-containing water may be useful in daily life to prevent or minimise the risk of lifestyle-related oxidative stress and neurodegeneration.”
Hydrogen water lowers risk of metabolic syndrome
Metabolic syndrome is a major precursor to a wide range of cardiovascular disorders, including obesity, insulin resistance, Type II diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidemia.
A 2010 study published in the Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition found that eight weeks of drinking between 1.5 and 2 litres of hydrogen water was able to dramatically decrease markers of metabolic syndrome. Drinking hydrogen water was shown to increase superoxide dismutase, a powerful antioxidant enzyme, decrease thiobarbituric acid, a common precursor to metabolic syndrome, and improve cholesterol ratios.
For me personally, I’ve found myself with a lot more energy and getting more out of my exercise sessions than I had prior to taking Molecular Hydrogen. I’ve also found the chronic pain I was suffering in my foot has gone… yes, gone!
My Hydrogen Supplement of choice is SuperCells Molecular Hydrogen. It’s an easy-to-take effervescent tablet that reacts with water to create the most potent concentration of hydrogen available on the market.
Use the code SUPER10 to receive a $10 discount at checkout if you wish to try.