The Science Behind
The Free Radical Theory of Aging
& Oxidative Stress
Free radicals are missing an electron and attack healthy cells in order to stabilize. Whether it is through essential metabolic processes within the body (mitochondria, endoplasmic reticulum, etc.) or from external sources (pollution, alcohol, heavy metals, pesticides, etc.), we're constantly exposed to free radicals. The more this occurs, the more oxidative stress builds and harms our health.
Most Harmful Free Radicals: Hydroxyl Radical & Peroxynitrite
The hydroxyl radical and peroxynitrite are the most dangerous free radicals. Their need to steal an electron is so powerful they attack healthy DNA, protein and lipids. This causes irreversible damage to cells and an increase in health challenges and disease.
An Emerging Therapeutic Medical Gas
Hydrogen is the simplest, smallest and most abundant element in the universe. It is one of only four elements present in every living organism, along with carbon, oxygen and nitrogen. Hydrogen is made up of one electron and one proton.
Molecular hydrogen (H₂) consists of two hydrogen atoms bonded together as H-H. Molecular hydrogen is the primary form in which hydrogen is found. H₂ is a tasteless, odorless gas that is neutrally charged and highly bioavailable. When taken in hydrogen-infused water, benefits of the therapeutic properties of H2 are gained, including its actions as an antioxidant mediator, anti-inflammatory and cell-signaling molecule.
Since 1975, over 800 peer-reviewed articles have been written demonstrating molecular hydrogen to have therapeutic potential in essentially every organ of the human body and in 170 different disease models. More studies are being conducted every day and we are learning about the endless ways we can benefit from this miracle molecule through molecular hydrogen therapy.
Discover more from our partners at the Molecular Hydrogen Foundation, a non-profit scientific organization supported by leading hydrogen researchers.
How H₂ Works
Molecular hydrogen is the smallest molecule and the only antioxidant that can access the mitochondria and cell nucleus under certain conditions. Unlike conventional, larger antioxidants, H₂ passes the cell membrane, so a hydrogen tablet’s benefits are exerted immediately.
H₂ selectively targets only the most harmful free radicals without affecting useful free radicals that help maintain homeostasis. At times, common, non-selective antioxidants (Vitamin A, C, E, folic acid, etc.) can diminish the good free radicals that the body needs, thereby causing a potentially negative effect. H₂ does not.
Because its only byproduct is water, molecular hydrogen is 100% safe. As a result, molecular hydrogen tablets’ benefits include zero exposure to toxins and no chance of overdose.
H₂ supports the body’s ability to maintain a condition of balance by neutralizing harmful free radicals and boosting the internal antioxidant system. This keeps oxidative stress low, supports homeostasis and decreases chance of disease.
Molecular Hydrogen Benefits
The benefits of hydrogen-infused water and molecular hydrogen gas include: