Water enriched with hydrogen gas changes its redox potential and has an antioxidant effect. This means that a negative redox potential gives it the ability to neutralize free radicals. Free radicals are atoms or molecules with a free, unpaired electron. This makes them extremely reactive and can lead to harmful reactions in the organism.
The free radicals are caused on the one hand by natural processes, e.g. by breathing or during physical exertion and sports. The body is able to establish a healthy balance (oxidative homeostasis) for the amount of naturally occurring free radicals through redox regulation. On the other hand, external factors such as UV radiation, pollution, negative eating habits, smoking and alcohol also lead to an increase of free radicals. If there are not enough antioxidant protective mechanisms to eliminate them, oxidative stress develops in the body. Inflammatory reactions, infections and chronic diseases can also cause oxidative stress. This can weaken the immune system and promote the development of acute or chronic diseases or premature aging. This can lead to a kind of vicious cycle, in which oxidative stress and the associated stress are mutually dependent and supported.
To work against oxidative stress, it is important to help the body neutralize free radicals with antioxidant substances. The nutrition with a balanced supply of micro- and macronutrients is very essential. Vitamins in fruit and vegetables are particularly important in this context. Enriching drinking water with hydrogen gas means that the water is also able to act as an antioxidant and neutralizes free radicals due to the resulting negative redox potential. For this purpose, the initially neutral hydrogen changes its oxidation state to +1 and thus has a reducing effect. In this way you can additionally help your body to avoid oxidative stress.