Metabolic Syndrome is defined1 as a clustering of at least three of the five following medical conditions:
high blood pressure,
high blood sugar,
high serum triglycerides, and
low serum high-density lipoprotein (HDL).
This is what makes the next series of studies so fascinating as it is estimated that 20%-30% of the population in industrialized countries has metabolic syndrome2.
The first study is titled “Molecular hydrogen affects body composition, metabolic profiles, and mitochondrial function in middle-aged overweight women.”3
This was a very small study with only 10 middle aged women as paticipants. Half were given hydrogen-generating minerals each day or a placebo caplet each day for 4 weeks.
The concentration of hydrogen from the hydrogen generating minerals was approximately 6 parts per million.
The results from this study showed that after H2 intervention individuals exhibited the following:
reduced body fat percentage,
A significant drop in serum triglycerides, and
Fasting serum insulin levels dropped.
The study made the conclusion that “It appears that orally administered H2 as a blend of hydrogen-generating minerals might be a beneficial agent in the management of body composition and insulin resistance in obesity.”
The second study is titled “Hydrogen-rich water decreases serum LDL-cholesterol levels and improves HDL function in patients with potential metabolic syndrome.”4
20 individuals participated in this study. All were 43 years of age or above. There were 12 males and 8 females. Study participants were selected on the basis that they had one or more of the following conditions: higher blood pressure, pre-diabetic glucose levels, higher cholesterol, and finally a higher BMI or waist circumference measurement. (Parameters were set for each measure.)
Each participant consumed .9-1.0 litre per day of hydrogen rich water each day for 10 weeks. The hydrogen concentration was estimated to be 0.2mM.
The conclusion from the study was that “supplementation with H2-rich water seems to decrease serum LDL-C and apoB levels, improve dyslipidemia-injured HDL functions, and reduce oxidative stress, and it may have a beneficial role in prevention of potential metabolic syndrome.”
A final study titled “Effectiveness of Hydrogen Rich Water on Antioxidant Status of Subjects with Potential Metabolic Syndrome—An Open Label Pilot Study”5 also had 20 participants. All were 40 years old or above. 10 were male, 10 were female and again study subjects were required to have one or more of the following conditions: higher BMI, higher waist circumference, higher blood pressure, pre-diabetic glucose levels, or higher cholesterol. (Parameters were set for each measure.)
For 3 months prior to the study, participants were required to keep their weight stable, and those subjects that were smokers were encouraged not to change their smoking habits. Subjects were required to discontinue other natural health products three weeks prior to commencing the study and to maintain their current level of physical activity and dietary habits during the course of the study.
Subjects were to drink between 1.5 – 2.0 litres of Hydrogen Rich Water per day for the 8 weeks of the study duration. It was determined that the hydrogen concentration was maintained between 0.55 and 0.65 mM per day.
The conclusion from this final study was “drinking hydrogen rich water represents a potentially novel therapeutic and preventive strategy for metabolic syndrome.”
We need to note again that these studies did have a smaller number of participants but if any of these health issues trouble you, is molecular hydrogen worth considering as a potential intervention?
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