Antioxidants are Crucial for Healthy Living
Learning Center | Antioxidants | Feb 15, 2017
The alkaline water industry is filled with words like “miracle” and “magic” to sell the water’s benefits. Many people notice an instant improvement in their health when they start drinking (the right) alkaline water, which is why the industry has experienced explosive growth in North America. But why do they feel better?
Many factors have been used to support these claims, such as the high pH and micro-clustering of water molecules. We’re here to separate the facts from these fictions.
The scientifically true reason is that some alkaline waters contain molecular hydrogen (H2) - nature’s most potent antioxidant. Scientific research shows that H2 provides considerable therapeutic health effects. In fact, over 700 scientific studies & reviews indicate that H2 has a highly beneficial impact in over 170 human disease models.
Antioxidants protect the body from Free Radicals, and are the key to preventing Oxidative Stress. Oxidative Stress is linked to health conditions like diabetes, arthritis, chronic inflammation, Alzheimer’s, cancer, heart disease, obesity, and many more.
Free Radicals, Oxidative Stress, Antioxidants, Molecular Hydrogen – what are they exactly? How do they affect our health? If you’re like us, you want to know why H2 is so beneficial to our health, and you can learn that right now.
What are Free Radicals?Simply put, Free Radicals are unstable molecules that are missing an electron. They are highly reactive, and readily “attack” & “steal” electrons from other molecules. This process of Free Radicals attacking other molecules in our cells is called oxidation. If you’ve ever seen a piece of brown fruit that’s gone bad, it became that way through oxidation.
Free Radicals are formed within the mitochondria (energy center) of all human cells as a by-product of metabolism. Free Radicals are always being produced in our cells due to natural lifestyle and environmental factors; even breathing oxygen contributes to their formation. In fact, up to 5% of the oxygen we breathe is converted into harmful Free Radicals.
Alarmingly, each cell actually takes 10,000 “hits” each day from Free Radicals (chemical reactions where Free Radicals oxidize the cell). How do we counter these cell-damaging Free Radicals?
Why we need AntioxidantsAntioxidants are so named because they prevent cell-oxidation by Free Radicals. Free Radicals are unstable & highly reactive, so they naturally “steal” electrons from our cells to become stable. Antioxidants protect against this damaging oxidation by “donating” electrons to Free Radicals to stabilize them. This process neutralizes the Free Radical so that it is no longer a threat. Free Radicals vs. Antioxidants – where does the endless battle between them lead us?
Oxidative Stress - the natural aging process?Remember the reference to a piece of fruit gone bad? Our cells age through oxidation in the same fashion. Oxidative Stress occurs when there is an imbalance between Free Radicals & Antioxidants. Our cells produce Antioxidants to counter the Free Radicals, however this process become significantly less effective as we get older. The waning effectiveness of cells’ natural Antioxidants allows Free Radicals to cause more Oxidative Stress damage with age. Imagine this occurring in the trillions of cells in the body every day, worsening as we age. Awareness of the impact of Oxidative Stress is rapidly growing within scientific & medical communities, as outlined in many scientific research studies and journals.
Molecular Hydrogen - or H2 - is naturally added to water by every Vitev filtration system. H2 is the most effective Antioxidant that exists in protecting against Oxidative Stress damage, and all the associated health issues that come with it.
Click here to learn the 5 reasons why Hydrogen water is the ultimate antioxidant.