The Ideal Antioxidant to True Health
Over 1000 scientific articles suggest that H2 has therapeutic potential in over 170 different human and animal disease models, and essentially every organ of the human body.
Hydrogen: An Emerging Medical Gas
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 that hyperbaric (8 atm) hydrogen therapy was effective at reducing melanoma tumors in mice. However, the interest in hydrogen therapy only recently began after 2007, when it was demonstrated that administration of hydrogen gas via inhalation (at levels below the flammability limit of 4.6%) or ingestion of an aqueous-solution containing dissolved hydrogen, could also exert therapeutic biological effects. These findings suggest hydrogen has immediate medical and clinical applications.
The concentration of hydrogen in water at standard ambient temperature is 0.8 mM or 1.6 ppm (1.6mg/L). For reference, conventional water (e.g. tap, filtered, bottled, etc.) contains less than 0.0000002ppm of H2, which is well below the therapeutic level. The concentration of 1.6 ppm is easily achieved by many methods, such as simply bubbling hydrogen gas into water. Because of molecular hydrogen’s low molar mass (i.e. 2.02 g/mol H2 vs. 176.12 g/mol Vitamin C), there are more hydrogen molecules in a 1.6-mg dose of H2 than there are Vitamin C molecules in a 100-mg dose of pure Vitamin C (i.e. 1.6 mg H2 has 0.8 millimoles of H2 vs. 100 mg Vitamin C has 0.57 millimoles of Vitamin C).
The half-life of hydrogen-rich water is shorter than other gaseous drinks (e.g. carbonated or oxygenated water), but therapeutic levels can remain for a sufficiently long enough time for easy consumption. Ingestion of hydrogen-rich water results in a peak rise in plasma and breath concentration in 5-15 min in a dose-dependent manner (see figure). The rise in breath hydrogen is an indication that hydrogen diffuses through the submucosa and enters systemic circulation where it is expelled out the lungs. This increase in blood and breath concentration returns to baseline in 45-90 min depending on the ingested dosage.
What is hydrogen water?
Hydrogen water or hydrogen-rich water (also called hydrogen-enriched water) simply means normal water (H2O) that contains dissolved hydrogen gas (H2). For example, there are carbonated waters or beverages (soda pop), which contain dissolved carbon dioxide gas (CO2), or oxygen water, which contains dissolved oxygen gas (O2). Similarly, you can have water that contains dissolved hydrogen gas.
Doesn’t water already have hydrogen in it because water is H2O?
The water molecule has two hydrogen atoms, chemically bound to the oxygen atom. This is different from the hydrogen gas molecule (H2), which is just two hydrogen atoms bound only to each other.
Here’s an example: we need oxygen (O2) to live, so why can’t we just get our oxygen from drinking water, H2O? It’s because the oxygen is chemically tied up in the water molecule. We need available oxygen gas, (O2) that is not bound to other atoms or molecules. In the same way, for the dissolved hydrogen gas (H2) to benefit us, it must be in an unbound form, and therefore available for therapeutic benefit.
In hydrogen water, the hydrogen that is shown to be therapeutic is the available dissolved hydrogen in its diatomic form, called molecular hydrogen.
I thought that if water is “hydrogen rich”, then it must be acidic?
Great question! If the water is rich in positive hydrogen ions (H+). then yes, it is acidic. But in this case, we’re talking about neutral hydrogen gas (H2), which is two hydrogen atoms tied together.
It can be confusing to hear “hydrogen water” because we usually think of hydrogen (meaning the hydrogen ion, H+) as acidic, and that is basically the definition of pH. The p stands for potential or power, meaning a mathematical exponent (in this case a logarithmic function), and the H stands for the hydrogen ion, which is just a proton and no electron. So pH literally means the logarithmic concentration of the hydrogen ion.
But when we say “hydrogen water” we are referring to dihydrogen or molecular hydrogen, which is a neutral gas that is dissolved in the water.
Is hydrogen safe?
Yes. Hydrogen gas has been shown to be very safe at concentrations hundreds of times higher than what is being used for therapy. Examples: In the late 1800s, hydrogen was used to locate gunshot wounds in the intestines; and hydrogen gas has been used in deep sea diving since 1943 (at very high concentrations) to prevent decompression sickness. Furthermore, hydrogen gas is natural to the body because after a fiber-rich meal, our gut bacteria can produce liters of hydrogen on a daily basis (which is yet another benefit from eating fruits and vegetables).
I heard that drinking alkaline water can neutralize excess acid.
Alkaline water is not a buffer and low alkalinity. As such, it cannot neutralize very much acid. Just a small amount of soda can easily lower the pH of a gallon of alkaline water. To put this into perspective, consider that 1 tsp of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) can neutralize the same amount of acid as 10,000 liters of alkaline water at a pH of 10. This is the primary reason why medical professionals have been sceptical about “alkaline ionized water”. It simply wasn’t known that the benefit of this water is attributed to the dissolved hydrogen gas until around 2007.
What are the benefits of hydrogen?
Hydrogen is the ideal antioxidant. Being the smallest (& lightest) element in the universe, our body can easily absorb hydrogen. It can even penetrate our minute brain cells which many antioxidants are unable to. Because of this, it is particularly good for brain diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer and Dementia.
For example, if the molecular weight of Hydrogen is 2, well-known antioxidants such as Vitamin C is 176, Vitamin E is 431 and Coenzyme Q10 (COQ10) is 863 respectively.
The wonder of hydrogen water is that it can selectively neutralize not just any Reactive Oxygen Species in our body, but only the toxic ROS (hydroxyl radical, ● OH) which are notorious for destroying normal cells of distorting DNAs, and turn it into harmless water (H20).
Why Hydrogen is becoming so Important - See Review Article:
‘Therapeutic opportunities of hydrogen in a variety of disease models’
• Immediate-type allergic reaction • Tumorigenesis • Radioprotective effects
CHIEN-SHENG HUANG, TOMOHIRO KAWAMURA, YOSHIYA TOYODA and ATSUNORI NAKAO, Recent advances in hydrogen research as a therapeutic medical gas, Free Radical Research, September 2010; 44(9): 971-982
Toxic ROS damages our body cells and cell damage is the root cause of aging and disease. Toxic ROS are responsible for 90% of all disease, which includes cancer, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, obesity, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, osteoporosis, atherosclerosis, asthma, chronic renal failure, etc.
Aging includes hair and skin changes, wrinkle and brown spots, decrease in memory, cataracts/glaucoma, arthritis, sexual dysfunction, changes in bowel function besides those already mentioned above.
Formation of Free Radicals
Hydrogen enriched water is also key to enhanced sports performance, speeds up recovery, and reduces muscle fatigue.
“Muscle contraction during short intervals of intense exercise causes oxidative stress resulting in overtraining symptoms like increased fatigue, muscle microinjuries or muscle inflammation.
Consuming hydrogen-rich water decrease the elevation of blood lactate during heavy exercise and potentially prevent adverse effects associated with heavy exercise.”
Extract from Aoki K, Nakao A, Adachi T, Matsui Y, Miyakawa S. Med Gas Res, 2012 Jul 12; 2:12. Doi: 10.1186/2045-9912-2-12. eCollection 2012.
Why drink hydrogen water?
Hydrogen water is the healthiest of beverages. It is the most convenient and is calorie-free. Hydrogen neutralizes the toxic free radicals and turns it into water, leaving no by-products.
Other antioxidants turn into weaker free radicals themselves after neutralizing free radicals.
Benefits To The Skin
The desire to have healthy, elastic, wrinkle-free, and young looking skin dates back to primeval times. One of the ways (which is still used today) to try
and accomplish this is the ancient practice of bathing in springs and mineral waters. However, unlike most conventional practices of lotions, creams, oils,
powders and other cosmetics that may not help and/or even have negative side effects, bathing in hydrogen water have great therapeutic application.
Bathing in hydrogen water improves skin elasticity. Moreover, treating bleached hair with this water gave an improvement in fluency and gloss, which lends credibility to the potential of hydrogen water being beneficial with skin; however, more research is still needed.
Why ELLGEN SOLCO Rich Hydrogen-Dissolved Water?
The patented technology of ELLGEN SOLCO’s Hydrogen-dissolved Water Generator
The ELL GEN SOLCO’s patented electrolysis system with 6 titanium-platinum layering plates allows water (H2O) to rapidly and safely separates hydrogen (H2) and oxygen (O2), so that hydrogen can rapidly spread out into water molecules to be dissolved.
The minimum standards for effective hydrogen water is:
• Minimum concentration of 800 ppb (parts per billion)
• Retains hydrogen in water for up to 1 day
• Ability to withstand a minimum temperature of 40°C
ELLGEN Solco’s Hydrogen-dissolved water generators does even better!
Minimum concentration of over 1,000ppb
Hydrogen is not naturally contained in bottled or tap water. ELLGEN SOLCO’s hydrogen generators’ excellent technology allows ordinary water to contain strong and rich levels of hydrogen molecules to be safely dissolved in the water.
Retains hydrogen in water for up to 3 days
Hydrogen, the lightest element in the universe, completely evaporates approximately 10 minutes after being dissolved into the water. ELLGEN SOLCO’s hydrogen-dissolved water generator is an innovative product allowing hydrogen to be retained for a longer time.
Ability to generate hydrogen at high temperatures allowing you to enjoy hot hydrogen coffee/tea
Hydrogen does not easily dissolve in water at high temperatures due to its sensitivity to temperature changes. ELLGEN SOLCO’s hydrogen water generator retains high quantities of hydrogen even at or around 85°C.