Oxidative stress is one of the biggest factors that destroys human health and speeds up aging.
While it is a natural process that happens constantly within your cells, there are many things in life that can increase oxidative stress and the formation of free radicals in your body.
Here are just a few...
- Sugar and refined carbohydrates
- Processed foods
- Cigarette smoking
- Air pollutants
- Environmental toxins
- Cell phone radiation and electromagnetic fields (EMFs)
Most people believe all free radicals are bad, but that is not true. You need a certain amount of free radicals for health as they serve as important signaling molecules, or messengers.
One example of a beneficial free radical is nitric oxide, which promotes healthy blood flow and blood pressure.
However, forming too many free radicals from eating a poor diet or being exposed to toxins or EMFs can harm you.
Excess free radicals and the wrong types can damage your stem cells, mitochondria, cell membranes, proteins and DNA, and can hasten your body’s cellular aging if they aren’t effectively neutralised by an antioxidant.
Antioxidants work by neutralising free radicals that grab any convenient electrons they can find. When they indiscriminately rob electrons from stable molecules, they create unstable molecules that can lead to oxidative stress.
This can happen with athletes when they mega-dose with high levels of antioxidants on a regular basis. The antioxidants can negate many of the benefits of exercise training because they neutralise some of the beneficial free radicals, even the ones that your body needs for proper functioning and healthy blood flow.
How does hydrogen help?
While hydrogen has long been recognised for its value in promoting health, the first major study was published in Nature Medicine in 2007 and is only recently becoming known to Americans. Japanese researchers have been studying the potential of hydrogen for the last decade.
Because hydrogen is the smallest molecule in the universe, it can easily penetrate every tissue in your body, including your brain and cellular parts like your mitochondria and nucleus.
With more than 1,200 peer-reviewed scientific publications on molecular hydrogen, researchers report that hydrogen may benefit every organ in your body. And it does this by targeting excess oxidation and supporting a healthy inflammatory response.
One of the most distinguishing features of H2 besides its particle size and bioavailability, is its selectivity as an antioxidant.
Molecular hydrogen selectively reduces excessive harmful free radicals in your body.
A prime example of this is right inside your cells...
During normal energy production, your mitochondria are a major source of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Molecular hydrogen directly protects mitochondria from the damaging effects of ROS.
H2 gas fights excessive oxidative stress, specifically from hydroxyl radicals and peroxynitrite, which are very destructive molecules that damage your DNA and ones that are amplified by EMFs. And even better, when H2 does neutralize a free radical, it leaves no toxic byproducts behind.
Best of all, hydrogen accomplishes this without decreasing levels of some of the beneficial reactive oxygen species, like hydrogen peroxide, nitric oxide or superoxide.
What about the body's natural antioxidants?
Glutathione is one of your body’s key internal antioxidants. Your levels can drop with poor nutrition, environmental toxins and stress. Glutathione levels also decline with age.
Dr Mercola believes it’s far better for your body to make its own supply rather than taking glutathione supplements.
Not only is this less expensive and more convenient, but molecules like glutathione are very difficult to get into your blood stream intact, let alone inside of the cells.
One of the ways molecular hydrogen performs its metabolic magic is by activating the important Nrf2 pathway that signals your body to make its own antioxidants, including glutathione.
What exactly is Nrf2? It’s a transcription factor that, when activated, goes into your cell's nucleus and binds to the antioxidant response element in the DNA.
It then signals your body to produce beneficial cell-protecting enzymes such as glutathione, superoxide dismutase catalase, glutathione peroxidase, phase II enzymes, heme-1 oxygenase and many others.
This is clearly the most ideal way to create the antioxidants your body requires so you can avoid too high of levels of damaging oxidative stress. Molecular hydrogen tells your body to make additional antioxidants only when excess oxidative stress is present.
These two important functions of H2 – its antioxidant selectivity and the activation of the Nrf2 pathway – help to powerfully limit the oxidative damage that can lead to accelerated cellular aging and changes in your cells and organs.
Molecular Hydrogen Mimics the Effects of Fasting and May Offer Protective Benefits for Your Brain
When you drink water with high concentrations of molecular hydrogen gas, it goes into your stomach and quickly reaches your blood, attaining a peak within minutes.
The hydrogen-rich blood then circulates through your heart and lungs. Although it leaves your system within an hour, its residual effects can last for hours, days and even weeks.
Additionally, it will take a few hours for it to reach its antioxidant function as it works through the Nrf2 pathway and it takes some time for these genes to be expressed and produce antioxidants.
There’s no question hydrogen gas is a safe substance. It’s been used with deep sea divers since the 1940s to prevent decompression sickness.
You’ve been exposed to hydrogen throughout your entire life. Depending on your diet and gut health, the beneficial bacteria in your intestines that ferment fiber can produce about 2.5 gallons of molecular hydrogen per day.
So why would you want to drink H2 water if your body may be producing plenty of it?
A Japanese study suggests the answer lies in the way it’s produced in your body...
When it’s produced continually in your body, as it normally is, your body becomes habituated to the constant exposure.
Because hydrogen gas is a so-called ‘signal modulator,’ researchers have found it works best when it is taken intermittently or “pulsed.”
When you drink a tall glass of high-concentration molecular hydrogen water all at once, you allow it to deliver optimal benefits.
Most hydrogen water that is sold is low-concentration, especially hydrogen generating machines. This is nowhere near as beneficial because H2 needs to be pulsed. It is far better to drink a glass of high-concentration H2 water once or twice a day than drinking low-concentration H2 water all day long.
The Added Benefit of Magnesium – One of the Most Overlooked Nutrient Deficiencies
Magnesium is critically important for health. Your body requires this mineral for more than 600 different biochemical reactions and functions.
Unfortunately, nearly everyone is deficient in magnesium.
Having adequate levels of magnesium is crucial for:
- The healthy function of most of your cells, especially your heart, kidneys and muscles.
- Cognitive function and brain plasticity.
- Activating and regulating vitamin D in your body.
- Mental and physical relaxation.
- Cardiovascular health and healthy blood flow.
- Normal blood sugar regulation and insulin sensitivity.
- Protecting your body against damage from EMFs.
- The production of neurotransmitters for mood and sleep.
- Detoxification support and the synthesis of glutathione.
Dr Mercola's H2 Molecular Hydrogen uses a special grade of pure elemental magnesium as its carrier and provides you with approximately 80 mg of magnesium per tablet.
That may not sound like much, but keep in mind, once the pure elemental magnesium reacts with water and produces the H2, the magnesium is converted into highly bioavailable ionic magnesium.
When you add the H2 Molecular Hydrogen tablet to water, the elemental magnesium reacts to form magnesium hydroxide. The buffering acids in the tablet reduce the hydroxide and separate it from the magnesium to create free magnesium ions that your body can readily use.