Deeper Science into H2
Research in hydrogen gas is a relatively new study since 2007. Prior to that, there seemed to have been many positive studies on the therapeutic benefits associated with alkaline water. They were also most likely alkaline ionized water, which actually produced hydrogen gas as a result of electrolysis.
However, when you take out hydrogen from the water, we seem to lose all the benefits when it is just alkaline water. Put hydrogen back into the water, and you get all the therapeutic benefits once again.
Hydrogen has been with us since the dawn of time, and is commonly known as the grandfather of life, which is likely the reason why it is classified as the 1st element in the periodic table.
Hydrogen gas is the smallest element in the entire universe, and is thus able to penetrate at the cellular level right into the mitochondria. The mitochondria are responsible for producing hydroxyl radicals, one of the most dangerous free radicals in our body that only hydrogen gas can neutralize.
Four types of Hydrogen
There are four different types of hydrogen:
- Hydrogen atom (H)
- Molecular hydrogen (H2)
- Hydrogen anion (H-)
- Hydrogen cation (H+)
- The hydrogen atom has only one electron (atoms need two electrons to be stable), is very unstable and is therefore a very reactive free radical. Atomic hydrogen is rare.
- When two hydrogen atoms come together, you get molecular hydrogen, also known as hydrogen gas that has been referenced all throughout this website. They both share electrons so that they have two electrons, making it a very stable molecule. Molecular hydrogen is the smallest molecule in the universe, is neutrally charged and is the current hot topic in research for therapeutic benefits.
Source: Molecular Hydrogen Institute
- Also known as hydride, hydrogen anion has two electrons. While it is not a free radical, it is unfortunately also not stable even though it has two electrons.
- Hydrogen cation, also known as just a proton, does not have any electrons at all. It is found in our body to drive ATP activity, and is also the reason for acidic water (the more H+ you have in the water, the lower the pH of the water)
See here for how the body reacts with hydrogen gas
For an even deeper understanding of molecular hydrogen, check out the research articles at The Molecular Hydrogen Institute.