Article: Molecular Hydrogen: A Hydration Game-Changer
Molecular Hydrogen: A Hydration Game-Changer
The body strives to maintain osmolarity - refers to the concentration of solute particles in the body's fluids, which is essential for maintaining balance and proper cell function - and works with the kidneys and vasopressin (a hormone) to regulate water in cells. Under normal conditions, the body efficiently gets water into cells, and there is no issue with cellular hydration.
HYDROGENʼS ROLE IN HYDRATION
1) Molecular hydrogen has been shown to have beneficial effects on aquaporins activity and their expression. It has been shown to aid in cellular hydration by protecting or maintaining aquaporin expression and has been seen to improve conditions like edema by acting on aquaporins. Study here
2) Excessive oxidative stress, chronic inflammation and disease can all impact the processes that contribute to optimal cellular hydration. Molecular hydrogen can improve cellular hydration when there is a deficit, but it does not increase cellular hydration above what is optimal for a cell. Increasing cellular hydration abnormally could be harmful and is associated with cancer cell propagation.
3) Itʼs important to note that molecular hydrogen itself cannot hydrate the body as it is a gas. Itʼs the water that hydrates, and hydrogen can aid in the bodyʼs processes for hydration, especially if there is a deficit in the bodyʼs hydration mechanisms.
The body needs water, and while hydrogen can aid in hydration processes, it does not eliminate the need to drink the necessary amount of water.
Scientific literature shows that molecular hydrogen can improve or enhance cellular hydration by acting on aquaporin activity or expression but cannot increase cellular hydration above what is optimal for a cell.