Here is What you Need To Know About The Popular “Hydrogen Water”

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You may be pondering the apparent redundancy of the term “hydrogen water,” given that water inherently contains hydrogen. However, a significant distinction exists. The phenomenon of hydrogen water has experienced intermittent popularity over the years. Presently, TikTok influencers have reignited interest in it, advocating for hydrogen water bottles with increasing frequency.

Hydrogen water growing in popularity among TikTokers 

Hydrogen water is water with added molecular hydrogen gas. Contrary to a claim by a TikTok influencer, regular water already contains hydrogen, as evidenced by its chemical formula, H2O. The distinction lies in the intentional addition of molecular hydrogen gas to hydrogenated water.

Since the 1960s, hydrogenated water has been popular in Japan and reached the US market in 2017. It is consumed through ready-made products or homemade machines. Storing hydrogen in plastic bottles is not efficient due to its small atoms, so cans and pouches are better. However, molecular hydrogen doesn’t dissolve easily into water, requiring high pressure and expensive machinery. Hydrogen water bottles, priced around $30, use electrolysis to split water into hydrogen and oxygen, but may not be effective due to limited power.

Molecular hydrogen, particularly in hydrogen water, is beneficial and be said to boost antioxidant activity to combat oxidative stress and potentially improve health. Research primarily centers on inhaling hydrogen gas, with companies marketing hydrogen water for various health benefits such as reducing muscle fatigue and inflammation, and enhancing workout recovery.

Clinical evidence uncertain regarding hydrogen water’s efficacy

The lack of solid evidence supports the uncertain efficacy of hydrogen water. The extent of bodily requirement for clinical efficacy remains uncertain. Furthermore, prevalent hydrogen water bottles fail to generate adequate pressure for complete hydrogen gas dissolution. Even if achieved, rapid consumption is necessary to prevent gas escape. Thus, the likelihood of insufficient gas production and loss before consumption is high, rendering the purported benefits questionable.

It is important to note that many individuals lack sufficient water intake. Prioritizing this concern is crucial. Claims advocating for hydrogen water lack substantial research and feasibility, warranting caution before widespread endorsement.

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