Things move incredibly fast in scientific circles today.
In 2007 only one report on the benefits of molecular hydrogen was published in the Western scientific press.
Today over 700 studies and reports on molecular hydrogen have been published.
Studies are in three forms; in vitro (test tube based) animal and human. Human studies are of course far more costly to do, and so only products with large scale commercial potential attract the funding for this form of study.
For a non-scientific person looking for help with a health condition, the internet has opened up a huge opportunity – and a challenge. We can now delve into any study to our hearts’ content. But we have no understanding of how to assess what studies are relevant or important to our health condition. So we ‘do our best’ – aware (or not) that whatever we take notice of, is subject to our own lack of education.
This also applies to the many studies of the therapeutic properties of H2. A perfect example is a study performed on rats to test the effeI always look to the last few lines of the abstract, and in this case it showed a clear result:
“Thus, continuous consumption of hydrogen water reduces oxidative stress in the brain, and prevents the stress-induced decline in learning and memory caused by chronic physical restraint. Hydrogen water may be applicable for preventive use in cognitive or other neuronal disorders.”
Now.. what can we do with a conclusion like that if we are not scientists? Imagine for a moment your closed relation suffering early onset Alzheimers’. Like cancer, people will look at any alternative. It’s a rat study, not a human study, so what is its relevance? And if it seems relevant what would it take for you to decide on trying H2?
For instance, would this extract from the study persuade you?
“We examined learning and memory ability using the passive avoidance test. Mice instinctively prefer a dark compartment; however, if an electric shock is given in the dark compartment, the mice are normally reluctant to reenter it.
At 1 or 2 weeks after restraint stress, the memory of the electric shock tended to be lost in mice provided with control degassed water.
On the other hand, mice that were provided with hydrogen water ad libitum showed a trend toward improved learning and memory .
Six-week restraint stress significantly impaired learning and memory in mice consuming no hydrogen water, whereas consuming hydrogen water ad libitum significantly ameliorated or prevented the cognitive impairment induced by restraint stress . In particular, more mice (fourfold) stayed in the light section for more than 300 s than control group without hydrogen . On the other hand, consumption of hydrogen water did not improve the cognitive ability when no stress was provided .”
Or how about this?
“When restraint stress was applied for 6 weeks, consuming hydrogen water ad libitum significantly prevented or restored the decline in recognition and memory.”
“Thus, it is possible that during the exposure to physical restraint stress continuous consumption of hydrogen water reduced oxidative stress in the brain, resulting in the improvement of adult neurogenesis or the stimulation of neural proliferation, leading to the prevention of the decline in learning and memory. This is the first report showing a benefit of drinking hydrogen water. Thus, we propose that hydrogen water is applicable as preventive treatment by reducing oxidative stress.’
Is there more? Yes, but not enough. On the Molecular hydrogen Foundation’s website, Dr Jiangang Long, PhD, reports:
‘We are engaged in exploring mitochondrial metabolism under physiological and pathological conditions, and pursuing the mitochondrion-targeted molecules to improve mitochondrial function and maintain mitochondrial homeostasis damaged during neurodegeneration and nutritional imbalance.
Since the discovery of the antioxidant effect of H2 in 2007, we recently identified the beneficial effects of H2 on mitochondrial respiratory capacity and phase 2 enzymes activation. Therefore, we considered that H2 acts as a “mitochondrial nutrient”, which will be very promising molecule in preventing and treating age-related disease and metabolic syndromes.”
So.. my question is whether this would be enough for you to try molecular hydrogen?
No study has yet identified any side effects, so it would appear to be relatively safe. But I am sure we will never see it on the shelf of a Walgreen’s.