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Hydrogen water: Really a Health Drink or a Myth

Hydrogen water: Really a Health Drink or a Myth

This article contains: 

  • What is hydrogen water?
  • Benefits of consuming hydrogen water
  • Effectiveness of these products on different people
  • Conclusion/Bottom line

Health experts always advise us, that plain water is the best way to keep ourselves healthy. Drinking good amount of water helps us in keeping our body hydrated.

Some beverage companies also claimed that adding hydrogen elements in drinking water can enhance health benefits.

Through this article, you will get to know enough about hydrogen water and its effects on your health. It will help you understand better, whether hydrogen water is a good choice for you or just an overhyped myth.

What is this hydrogen water?

Hydrogen water is nothing special, it is just pure water with extra hydrogen molecules present in it.

We all know hydrogen gas is colorless, odorless and non-toxic and it easily binds to elements like oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon to form various compounds, like table sugar and water.

Water is a composition of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom, but some experts believe that infusing additional hydrogen to plain water will increase the health benefits of the ordinary water.

Some health experts believe that the body cannot absorb enough hydrogen present in plain water because it is bound with oxygen.

Few beverage companies claim that extra hydrogen molecules present in water are free and can be easily accessible to the human body.

Hydrogen water is made by infusing enough hydrogen gas into pure water before packaging it into bottles, cans or pouches.

Hydrogen water is quite expensive as compared to plain water. Popular beverage companies sell a 30 pack of 8 ounces (i.e. 240ml) cans for about $90 and it is suggested to consume three cans per day. 

You can also get hydrogen tablets online or from health food stores,  which you can simply add to plain water or carbonated water to form hydrogen water.

You can also purchase hydrogen water machines from the market to make your own hydrogen water at home.

Hydrogen water is believed to decrease inflammation, boost athletic performance and in some cases, it also slows your aging process.

However, the research done in this area is very limited therefore many health experts are not very sure of hydrogen water benefits.

Conclusion: When we add extra hydrogen molecules to water that forms hydrogen water. It is packed in pouches, cans, and bottles which can be easily purchased from the market.

Does hydrogen water really benefit health?

Very few human studies are done which proves the effectiveness of this drink or beverage. Although there are few examples which proves that hydrogen water is beneficial for health.

It provides antioxidant Benefits 

Free radicals are unstable molecules that are responsible for oxidative stress, which is a major cause of disease and inflammation.

And hydrogen molecules help in fighting free radicals in our body and protect our cells from the harmful effects of oxidative stress.

Study1: Eight weeks of a study performed with 49 people who were receiving radiation therapy for liver cancer. Few were advised to consume 51-68 ounces (1500ml– 2000 ml) of hydrogen water per day.

Now, at the end of the study, patients who were consuming the hydrogen water found with a decreased level of hydro peroxide- which is responsible for oxidative stress – and they have experienced good antioxidant activity after the therapy than the patients who were not consuming the hydrogen water.

Study2: This recently performed study for four weeks among 26 healthy people who were drinking 20 ounces (i.e. 600ml) of hydrogen water in a day, unexpectedly experienced no difference in hydro peroxide level (i.e. no decrease in oxidative stress.)

Hence, more studies are yet to be done to confirm the health benefits of hydrogen water in healthy people and those who are suffering from some chronic conditions.

Does it benefit people with metabolic syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome is a condition where a person suffers from high blood sugar, increased level of triglyceride, high cholesterol, and excess belly fat.

Chronic inflammation is supposed to be the major contributing factor for metabolic syndrome.

Some research also showed that hydrogen water is very effective in eliminating the signs of oxidative stress and it improves the risk related to metabolic syndrome.

Study3: This study is performed for 10 weeks among 20 people who have signs of metabolic syndrome and they were made to drink 30-34 ounces (0.9 – 1 liter) of hydrogen water in a day.

In the end, it is observed that people have reduced the “bad” LDL and total cholesterol, increased the “good” HDL cholesterol, and has greater antioxidant activity with a decreased level of inflammatory markers (TNF- alpha).

How it benefit athletes?

Beverage companies believe that hydrogen water is a natural way if someone wants to enhance athletic performance.

Hydrogen water helps athletes in reducing inflammation and it slows down the accumulation of lactate in the blood, which results in muscle fatigue.

Study4: This was performed with 10 male soccer players who were advised to consume 51 ounces (1500ml) of hydrogen water. The results were really good, the players were found with a lower level of blood lactate and after exercise, and they experienced less muscle fatigue.

Study5: this small study for 2 weeks with 8 male cyclists, demonstrated that the cyclists who drank 68 ounces (2 liters) of hydrogen water daily had a good power output while sprinting exercise than those who consumed plain water or regular water.

As it is a new area for research, therefore more studies are required to prove the effectiveness of this beverage. And it will take a few more years to completely understand the benefits of hydrogen water.

Conclusion: Few studies surely shown positive signs that yes, hydrogen water decreases the effects of oxidative stress. It also helps in improving metabolic syndrome and boost athletic performance.

Should you consume hydrogen water?

Above performed few studies showed positive signs of drinking hydrogen water but still, a few more evidence and researches are required to be done to claim its health benefits.

Hydrogen water is declared safe (GRAS) by the FDA. That means it can be consumed by anyone and it is completely safe and harmless for human consumption.

Currently, there is no company that has set any standards for adding the amount of hydrogen to water. So, the concentration of hydrogen present in water can vary from company to company.

Also, there is no specification about how much hydrogen water one must consume to actually gain its maximum health benefits.

Even if you want to give this beverage a try you can purchase the product packed in non-permeable containers and drink the water immediately to gain maximum benefits.

There is a lot of buzz in the market regarding this product or beverage. But unless more studies are performed it is better to stay at back and have health benefits with a grain of salt.

Conclusion: Though there are no side effects seen among the people who are consuming hydrogen water. So we can say it is safe for humans but still many more researches are yet to be done to validate its potential benefits.

Bottom line:

  • Above demonstrated small studies shown that the hydrogen water helps in reducing oxidative stress in people who were undergoing radiation therapy. It also boosts the performance of athletes and improves the condition of people with metabolic syndrome.
  • Still, few more types of research are required to be done to exactly understand and confirm the benefits of hydrogen water.