How molecular hydrogen helps to remove Toxic
Free Radicals ?
What are Free Radicals?
Since Dr Denham Harman published his theory of free radicals, there have been more than 300,000 research papers strongly affirming the main cause for ill-health and aging is FREE RADICALS. 1954 ( Dr. Denham Harman)
Free radicals are atoms or groups of atoms with an odd (unpaired) number of electrons and can be formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules.To seek stability, free radicals tend to try and steal an electron from whatever molecule happens to be nearby. In turn, the molecule that loses an electron to a free radical becomes unstable, and becomes a new free radical. As such, free radicals can be the cause of a never-ending chain reaction, like dominoes. Their chief danger comes from the damage they can do when they react with important cellular components such as DNA, or the cell membrane.
Free Radicals are the end waste products, internally generated when our cells create energy through oxidation creating Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) – the most destructive free radicals in the body. If left uncontrolled, free radicals can cause cellular damage that will lead to every conceivable degenerative diseases known to man, like premature aging, hardening of the arteries, eye problems cardiovascular diseases, cancer and many others.
A more recent understanding of ROS demonstrates that although they may have negative side effects at high levels, they are also important biological signaling molecules that exert therapeutic and protective effects against diseases, and play a pivotal role in mediating the benefits of exercise.
How do Free Radicals form?
The above figure illustrates ROS production in the mitochondria and its involvement in cell signal transduction. Because high levels of ROS are strongly implicated in the progression and pathogenesis of disease, our bodies have the ability to scavenge these ROS after they exert their beneficial signaling effects. The body also uses antioxidants to help protect against ROS-induced damage.
have balanced electrons and are stable.
are missing an electron and seek to steal electrons from healthy atoms.
supply the free radical with a replacement for a missing electron.
Free radicals may form spontaneously or they may be the result of exposure to heat, light or something in the environment: pollutants or toxins such as cigarette smoke, drugs, alcohol or pesticides. Sometimes the body’s immune system creates them on purpose to neutralize viruses and bacteria.
In the human body, we have a vast array of molecules that are more susceptible to free radical attacks than others. These include fats, DNA, RNA, cellular membranes, proteins, vitamins and carbohydrates.
Negative effect caused by Toxic Free Radicals.
– Toxic free radicals break lysosomal membrane. Histamine leaks out.
– Free radicals breaking nuclear membrane altering DNA (genetic) material.
– Toxic free radicals attack cell membrane from inside and create easy entry for destructive enzymes and pollutants.
One of the more common types of free radicals are oxygen free radicals. These are oxygen atoms that are missing one or more electrons in their outer shell. Oxygen free radicals cause oxidation, both in the air and in our bodies. A slice of apple that turns brown or a piece of metal that rusts are examples of oxidation that we observe in our daily lives. Well, this type of oxidation also occurs inside our bodies because of the action of oxygen free radicals.
Unfortunately, oxygen is very susceptible to free radical formation, and with aerobic organisms, this can be lethal. Active oxygen attacks normal cells and the DNA genes within cells, causing over 70 different fatal diseases including cancer, mutation, blood vessel disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, etc.
Cells act on process of oxidation by free radicals and become mutant cells, even cancer cells. So if the creation of antioxidant is slower than the formation of free radicals, we could get diseases. Because toxic free radicals can pass through cell membrane and destroy DNA. Oxygen free radicals cause lipid peroxidation, which results in damage to cell membranes and this can cause premature aging, skin cancer and cell death.
How to turn a Toxic Free Radical into a harmless molecule?
You give the free radical the extra electron it so desperately wants. What substance can supply this extra electron? Antioxidants to the rescue! Antioxidants are any substances that prevent or slow the oxidation process.
Antioxidants are essential for proper function of the immune system. This is partly because immune cells produce free radicals for normal defence functions. If the level of free radicals in the immune cells surpasses the normal level, they negatively affect the immune system. On the other hand, antioxidants act as scavengers of the free radicals in cells and therefore promote our immunity and overall health.
Molecular Hydrogen (H2) – is the smallest and most powerful antioxidant. The fact is privilege of H2 comparing other well known antioxidants as vitamin C, vitamin E, coenzyme Q10, catechin, glutathione is due to its size which allows deeply penetrate into cells and mitochondria.
By drinking hydrogen rich water, it is absorbed into intestine within 1 minute, and spreads through whole body within 10 minutes, so it works on removing free radicals and prevent cellular damage. There is no toxicity of Molecular Hydrogen (H2) because the byproduct of the free-radical neutralizing reaction is water. Each molecule of H2 will neutralize to hydroxyl radicals into two molecules of H2O hydrating your cells which has only positive effect. That water will be flushed out of the body with urine and sweat.