What is Molecular Hydrogen?
Molecular hydrogen (i.e. H2 gas) is gaining significant attention from academic researchers, medical doctors, and physicians around the world for its recently reported therapeutic potential. One of the earliest publications on hydrogen as a medical gas was in 1975, by Dole and colleagues from Baylor University and Texas A&M . They reported in the journal Science
Molecular hydrogen (H2) or diatomic hydrogen is a tasteless, odorless, flammable gas.
Over 500 peer-reviewed articles demonstrate hydrogen to have therapeutic potential in essentially every organ of the human body and in 150 different human disease models.
H2 reduces oxidative stress as a selective antioxidant and by maintaining homeostatic levels of glutathione, superoxide dismutase, catalase, etc.
H2, like other gaseous signaling molecules (i.e. NO, CO, H2S), appears to have cell signal-modulating activity affording it with anti-inflammatory, anti-obesity, and anti-allergy benefits.
Scientific researchers tell us, “Hydrogen is extremely unique since it has the capability to act at the cellular level. Hydrogen is qualified to cross the blood brain barrier, to enter the mitochondria, and even has the ability to translocate to the nucleus under certain conditions. Once in these ideal locations of the cell, previous studies have shown that hydrogen exerts antioxidant, anti-apoptotic, anti-inflammatory, and cytoprotective properties that are beneficial to the cell.”
[The evolution of molecular hydrogen: a noteworthy potential therapy with clinical significance Published online 2013, Brandon J Dixon, Jiping Tang, and John H Zhang 1,2]
In terms of medicine small is good, as Nano science has tended to show. In the case of hydrogen, we are talking about the ultimate in smallness proving to be the biggest medical breakthrough of the 21st century. Hydrogen appears in the top left corner of the periodic table, and is denoted as number one. Hydrogen is the smallest, simplest, and most fundamental element with molecular hydrogen (H2) the smallest molecule.
Interestingly, water, which is essential to life, is formed by the combination of oxygen (a powerful oxidizer) and hydrogen (a powerful reducer). It tends to make sense that molecular hydrogen has high-powered therapeutic potential as does water itself. Hydrogen is a novel and innovative therapeutic tool and can be used like intravenous vitamin C therapy except it is vastly less expensive, and can be used every day around the clock—with every sip of water.
Each drink of hydrogen water will flush our bodies with trillions of hydrogen molecules. H2 is the most effective molecule to scavenger or pair up with other molecules in the body that need to be neutralized. Hydrogen therapy is safe as there is no upper limit of use. The more water you drink infused with hydrogen the better, especially if you have late stage cancer and need to turn things around quickly.
There is no toxicity to H2 because the byproduct of the free-radical neutralizing reactionis water. Each molecule of H2 will neutralize 2 hydroxyl radicals into two molecules of H2O hydrating your cells in the process. Hydrogen water at a concentration of 1.6 mg/L would have more “antioxidant” molecules than 100 mg of vitamin C, as there are more total molecules in 1.6 mg of hydrogen compared 100 mg of vitamin C.
Molecular hydrogen is a medical leap that is going to help many people. It elevates oral medicine to the level of intravenous medicine because of the ultra-quick absorption and dispersion deep into the cells. Now water can become the ultimate medicine especially if some of some of my other health solutions (magnesium, bicarbonate, iodine and liquid selenium) are used, when appropriate.
Medical/therapeutic water high in hydrogen will ride to the rescue of doctors and patients who are battling with chronic diseases. Studies have confirmed that consumption of hydrogen reduces oxidative stress in a diverse range of disorders and organ systems including the digestive, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. There are hundreds of scientific publications that show molecular hydrogen to be therapeutic. Even NASA is researching hydrogen water to protect their astronauts from radiation during space travel.
Hydrogen is intriguing. As explained by Tyler LeBaron, founder of the Molecular Hydrogen Foundation, hydrogen powers the sun’s fusion, it is key to ATP production within the mitochondria, and it is the father of all other elements. Hydrogen, along with oxygen, has been intrinsically involved with evolution of life in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes (e.g. hydrogenases, hydrogenosomes, mitochondria, etc.). The extremes of oxygen and hydrogen provide balance between oxidation and reduction, which is vital to life. The most important and basic thing to know about molecular hydrogen is that it negates the toxicity of oxygen.
Hydrogen in the body is mostly bound to carbon, oxygen and nitrogen. It is part of almost every molecule in your body: DNA, proteins, sugars, fats. The hydrogen bond – which forms between atoms that “share” a hydrogen atom, is one of the most important interactions that makes biological molecules behave as they do. Thus, hydrogen is an important factor in the regulation of physiology.
Molecular Hydrogen is an ideal antioxidant molecule for oxidative stress in the mitochondria due to its small size. It is one of the very few, if not only antioxidant molecules that can reach the inside of the mitochondria. H2 directly protects mitochondria that are exposed to reactive oxygen species. Preliminary clinical trials show that drinking hydrogen-dissolved water seems to improve the pathology of mitochondrial disorders. Drinking H2-water stimulates energy metabolism as measured by O2 consumption and CO2 production.
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