Hydrogen Water: Extra Healthy or a Hoax?-A Systematic Review.

Department of Internal Medicine, University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center, Glen Burnie, MD 21061, USA. Banner Medical Group, Banner Health, Phoenix, AZ 85206, USA. Department of Radiology, Florida State University School of Medicine, Pensacola, FL 32514, USA. Department of Internal Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, OH 44272, USA. Department of Sleep Medicine, Parkview Health System, Fort Wayne, IN 46845, USA. Department of Nephrology, Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Vallejo, CA 94592, USA. Interventional Cardiology, Carle Methodist Medical Center, Peoria, IL 61636, USA. Department of Research, WellSpan Health, York, PA 17403, USA.

International journal of molecular sciences. 2024;(2)
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Hydrogen-rich water (HRW) has emerged as a novel approach in the field of health and wellness. It is believed to have therapeutic antioxidant properties that can neutralize harmful free radicals in the human body. It has also been shown to be beneficial in mitigating oxidative stress-induced damage through its anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic pathways. We aim to conduct a systematic review to evaluate the potential benefits of hydrogen-rich water. The review protocol was uploaded on PROSPERO. After the initial search criteria, the articles were reviewed by two blinded investigators, and a total of 25 articles were included in the systematic review. The potential benefits of hydrogen-rich water on various aspects of health, including exercise capacity, physical endurance, liver function, cardiovascular disease, mental health, COVID-19, oxidative stress, and anti-aging research, are a subject of growing interest and ongoing research. Although preliminary results in clinical trials and studies are encouraging, further research with larger sample sizes and rigorous methodologies is needed to substantiate these findings. Current research needs to fully explain the mechanisms behind the potential benefits of hydrogen-rich water. Continued scientific exploration will provide valuable insights into the potential of hydrogen-rich water as an adjunctive therapeutic approach in the future.

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Publication Type : Review