What are applications of hydrogen therapy?
Before learning about hydrogen therapy, let’s discuss the factor that causes the ageing process.
The process of ageing is believed to be caused by chemicals called “free-radicals”. Free radicals are basically unstable atoms or molecules found in the environment that chemically react with healthy cell tissue and, in the process, inflict damage on them. As a result of this, most anti-ageing treatments today are focused on the neutralization of these free radicals using “antioxidant” molecules before these free radicals can react with and damage healthy cells in our body.
How does hydrogen help in anti-ageing and disease prevention?
Hydrogen is a selective antioxidant which neutralizes harmful free radicals in the body while not impacting certain types of free radicals that are needed by the body for physiological functions.
The antioxidant properties of hydrogen have been known for a while but what has been newly discovered is that hydrogen neutralizes the toxic radical called hydroxyl (the most powerful of oxidants) and the highly reactive oxidant known as peroxynitrite but does not significantly impact physiologically important radicals such as nitric oxide and superoxide.
Another key property of hydrogen is that it is easily absorbed into the cell tissue, allowing it to protect the DNA, RNA and proteins within the cell from oxidative stress, thereby preventing diseases like cancer and the aging process which are both caused by cellular malfunction or damage.
How does hydrogen therapy work?
Molecular hydrogen can be consumed in a number of ways, including through inhalation, injection of hydrogen-rich saline, taking a bath in hydrogen-rich water, increasing production of hydrogen by your own gut (stomach) bacteria, drinking hydrogen-rich water or even taking oral supplements that help boost hydrogen production.