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Hydrogen in medicine: everything you need to know

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Published April 03, 2019

Hydrogen in medicine: everything you need to know

The first scientist to talk about hydrogen was Dr. Szent-Györgyi who won the Nobel Prize for discovering Vitamin C and its ability to cure scurvy in 1937. He also won a Nobel Prize for his work identifying the reactions that liberate energy from hydrogen. He explained one of the basic principles of biology: hydrogen and oxygen interact in a delicate balance releasing energy delivering it to cells in tiny portions.

Dr. Szent-Györgyi said: “Hydrogen is, in fact, the only fuel the body knows. The foodstuff, carbohydrate, is essentially a packet of hydrogen, a hydrogen supplier and hydrogen donor, and the main event during its combustion is the splitting off of hydrogen. So, the combustion of hydrogen is the real energy-supplying reaction.”

Seduced by simplicity, physicists have always found themselves fascinated by hydrogen, the simplest of atoms, which can combine to form the simplest molecule. Hydrogen has shocked, it has surprised, it has embarrassed, it has humbled – and again and again it has guided physicists to the edge of new vistas of thought. Now it is time for hydrogen to do its magic in the field of medicine where it will be used to treat traumatic injury, neurodegenerative disease, inflammatory disease, organ transplantation, metabolic syndrome, diabetes mellitus, sepsis, burn wounds, adverse reactions after chemotherapy, radiation-induced injury, hearing disorders, and preeclampsia.[2]

Molecular hydrogen has anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory activities and neuroprotective effects.[3] We see increases in the level of the anti-oxidative enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD) with hydrogen intake.[4] Hydrogen-rich saline prevents Aβ-induced neuroinflammation and oxidative stress, which may contribute to the improvement of memory dysfunction in animal studies.[5]

Looking just to the effects of Molecular Hydrogen we see:

  • Neuro-protective
  • Improves mood disorders
  • Reduces muscle fatigue, motor deficits, and muscle degeneration
  • Prevents metabolic syndrome, decreasing levels of glucose, insulin and triglycerides: can treat diabetes
  • Antioxidant: prevents brain damage
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Protects organs
  • Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
  • Assists in weight loss
  • Enhances mitochondrial function
  • Has been shown to prevent cancer by reducing oxidative stress and suppressing tumor colony growth
  • Has been shown to reduce side effects of cancer treatments
  • Boosts skin health
  • Enhances wound healing
  • Limits damage of transplant organs
  • Improves bladder dysfunctions
  • Is cardio-protective
  • Protects and rebuilds eyes and vision
  • Prevents hearing loss
  • Combats allergies
  • Ameliorates kidney disease
  • Protects the liver
  • Promotes gut health
  • Protects the lungs
  • Protects from radiation-induced damage
  • Relieves pain
  • May prolong lifespan
  • Is antibacterial and promotes oral health
  • Is non-toxic at high concentrations

Healing Power

Molecular hydrogen is seen to be effective for Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), which is a chronic inflammatory disease in which the progressive destruction of joints cause morbidity. It is also associated with an increased risk of atherosclerosis, which can result in cardiovascular disease and mortality. The therapeutic goal is to control systemic inflammation to obtain not only the remission of symptoms, but also improve one’s general state of health. Consumption of water with a high concentration of molecular hydrogen (4-5 ppm in the water) significantly improves the effects of disease and reduces oxidative stress in RA.[6]

[2] PLoS One. 2017; 12(3): e0173645. Hydrogen gas alleviates oxygen toxicity by reducing hydroxyl radical levels in PC12 cells

[3] Molecular hydrogen increases resilience to stress in mice. Qiang Gao, Han Song, Xiao-ting Wang, Ying Liang, Yan-jie Xi, Yuan Gao, Qing-jun Guo, Tyler LeBaron, Yi-xiao Luo, Shuang-cheng Li, Xi Yin, Hai-shui Shi & Yu-xia Ma Scientific Reports 7, Article number: 9625 (2017) doi:10.1038/s41598-017-10362-6

[4] The Clinical Application of Hydrogen as a Medical Treatment. Acta Med. Okayama, 2016 Vol. 70, No. 5, pp. 331-337. Okayama University Medical School.

[5] Brain Research. Volume 1328, 30 April 2010, Pages 152-161

[6] Curr Pharm Des. 2013 Oct; 19: 6375–6381. Molecular Hydrogen: New Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis and Related Diseases

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