Molecular Hydrogen: Miracle Drink or Over-hyped Myth?
So you’re ready to take your water drinking to the next level, huh?
Regular water, as we all know, is the go-to beverage for hydration and overall bodily health. But you may have heard the term “molecular hydrogen” tossed around as one of the latest health trends. This health trend says drinking hydrogen water, which is essentially regular water plus added hydrogen molecules, has many health benefits, perhaps more so than regular water.
But how can this be?
Well, the added hydrogen molecules function as antioxidants. As a result, they help fight off certain diseases, inflammation, and even aging. The molecules, since they’re so tiny, have the increased ability to perforate through various parts of the body when ingested. As a result, they have healing effects on both the body and the brain.
Hydrogen molecules are able to have these healing effects because they combat free radicals, or unsteady molecules, that cause oxidative stress. Disease and inflammation are typically the result of free radical effects, so hydrogen molecules would seem naturally beneficial, in both the long and short term.
So what are the specific health benefits of hydrogen water?
The Health Benefits of Hydrogen Water
Hydrogen water, also known as h2 water, has a number of brain and bodily benefits, according to a number of studies.
For example, one study found that participants who drank hydrogen water regularly for the duration of the study had reduced Parkinson’s disease symptoms.
Other research claims the following health benefits as well:
- Improved memory
- Temporary improvement in arthritis symptoms
- Decreased muscle fatigue
- Decreased lactic acid buildup
- More energy
All of these potential benefits are the result of hydrogen’s antioxidant power.
But Is It All a Myth?
Some may argue that the health trend of hydrogen water is simply a myth and, like many trends, is over-hyped. However, although more research is needed to say so for sure, the health potential of hydrogen water seems very promising and positive. Research definitely indicates that there certainly isn’t any harm in drinking it. But as with any changes to your health routine, check with your doctor to see if drinking hydrogen water is safe for you.
Can You Only Ingest It As Water?
Drinking molecular hydrogen as water is the preferred method of ingestion. However, it can also be inhaled as gas, administered as an injection, and even absorbed in a bath.
Most people prefer to use hydrogen water dispenser systems or dissolvable hydrogen tablets to get their hydrogen intake. It all depends on your personal preference.
Think Before You Drink
Before embarking on the hydrogen water route, think about why you want to give it a try. Are you an athlete trying to up your game and reduce muscle fatigue? If so, hydrogen water is certainly worth giving a go. However, if your goal is of a greater magnitude, such as to reduce the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, you should do more research and talk to your doctor before getting your hopes up too high. As previously mentioned, more research needs to be done before the long-term benefits of drinking hydrogen water can be determined in all certainty.
So although it may not be a “miracle drink” that addresses all of your health needs, hydrogen water is still a health trend to give serious consideration. As science learns more, you may be seeing molecular hydrogen appear in even more health headlines. If anything, give it a try, and see what it does for your energy and athletic performance. With the passing of time, if you drink it regularly, who knows how it will benefit you in the long run?
Anna Hubbel is a staff writer for AdvertiseMint, a Facebook advertising agency. She writes about trending social media topics, as well as health and lifestyle subject matter for clientele. She has over five years years of professional writing experience, in addition to B.S. and M.A. degrees in communication studies.