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Hydrogen Rich Water – Could It Help With ME/CFS And/Or Fibromyalgia?
Thursday 20 August 2020
Hydrogen Rich Water – Could it Help With ME/CFS and/or Fibromyalgia? The Friedberg Pilot Study Begins
Hydrogen-enriched water … it conjures up conflicting images of a nuclear reaction, or perhaps the latest, weird health fad to appear (which will soon disappear – leaving a few people rich and everyone else disappointed.) The fact that it’s another water-plus product doesn’t inspire much confidence. How could, after all, adding more hydrogen gas molecules to water really make a difference?
In fact, there is a way. Hydrogen, it turns out, is a potent antioxidant – meaning it appears to be quite good at sopping up some of those free radicals that chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) studies suggest our bodies are full of.
In their search for stability, free radicals or reactive oxygen species (ROS) tear holes in the membranes of our cells. As they do that, they liberate more free radicals – sometimes producing a kind of free radical storm, which damages our cells and prevents them from functioning properly. Studies indicate that neither ME/CFS nor FM patients’ antioxidant systems are keeping up.
Some researchers believe hydrogen may actually be one of the best antioxidants around. While other antioxidants interact with all kinds of reactive oxygen species – including helpful ones – hydrogen appears to reduce only the levels of the worst free radicals. That includes the most dangerous reactive oxygen species known, the hydroxyl radical (OH-), as well as peroxynitrite (OONO-), the reactive oxygen species that forms the basis of Martin Pall’s OONO- ME/CFS hypothesis. More recent research indicates that H2 promotes the gene expression of several other antioxidants including superoxide dismutase (SOD).
Plus, hydrogen gas’s small size – it’s the smallest molecule – allows it to diffuse across membranes and penetrate into the tiniest corners of our tissues and cells.
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