The secret therapeutic power of hydrogen gas
MinWell+ water is infused with 10,000 times more hydrogen gas (also known as molecular hydrogen) than tap water via the pure magnesium and multi-minerals in the filter. In 2007, there was only one scientific study of the positive health effects of hydrogen rich water published in the West. Today, there are now over 400 scientific studies covering 120 different disease models including: fatigue, cognitive impairment, pain, metabolic syndrome, obesity and cardiovascular function.
Its therapeutic power stems from its actions as as an anti-oxidant mediator, anti-inflammatory and cell signalling molecule. For more information and studies on the therapeutic actions of molecular hydrogen in the body, take a look at the Molecular Hydrogen Institute website.
Hydrogen is unique since it is able to act at the cellular level. Due to its small size, hydrogen can cross the blood brain barrier to enter the mitochondria, and even has the ability to move into the nucleus under certain conditions.
Hydrogen as an anti-oxidant
Molecular hydrogen is an excellent and selective anti-oxidant. It specifically targets the hydroxyl free-radical and increases the body’s natural anti-oxidant molecules. Too many free radicals in the cell result in cell damage. If it happens to enough cells, the result is tissue damage.
Hydrogen as an anti-inflammatory
Acute inflammation is essential for immune function and healing. It comes about from an increased blood flow to an area of infection or injury, which in turn increases the supply of immune cells and healing nutrients to the area. However, chronic inflammation has been linked to a variety of health conditions including obesity, the development of cardiovascular health problems, blood sugar abnormalities, abnormal cellular changes and arthritic complaints. The inflammatory reaction results from the release of a number of molecules (usually referred to as mediators) that send a signal to the cells and molecules that are needed for healing. In chronic inflammation, the body continually releases these mediators which results in a constant state of low level inflammation.
For both pain and inflammation, progression from being acute to chronic requires a change in gene expression (ie an epigenetic change). The cells that are repeatedly exposed to inflammatory mediators will have the genes that code for inflammatory response proteins switched ON, and thus be in a constant state of inflammation. Hydrogen indirectly affects gene expression through its actions to impede the release of molecules, such as NF-kB and TNFa, that have a direct epigenetic effect.
Hydrogen and Cell Signalling
Cells constantly send and receive signals to and from their surrounding environment. They use this information to maintain good health and to react to threats. This complex system of communication that governs basic cellular activities and coordinates cell actions is referred to as cell signalling. Many of molecular hydrogen’s abilities to reduce oxidative damage and inflammation stem from its ability as a cell signalling agent.
There are also few side effects involving hydrogen, thus making hydrogen a perfect natural therapeutic candidate against diseases and disorders.