What Is Hydrogen Water, and Should You Be Drinking It?

Key Takeaways

  • Hydrogen water is water with extra hydrogen added.
  • It may boost antioxidant activity, lower inflammation, increase energy, reduce body fat, and promote metabolic health, skin health, and quality of life.
  • There isn’t enough research to endorse spending money on hydrogen water.

You already know that water is good for you — but is plain ol’ water cutting it? Some say that hydrogen water (also known as hydrogen-infused water or hydrogen-rich water) is a better idea if you’re looking to maximize your hydration, energy, and athletic performance, and reduce inflammation.

How Hydrogen Water Is Made

The chemical formula for water is H2O (two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom), and hydrogen water is simply water with more hydrogen (H) added to it. The concept seems to have started decades ago in Japan, where it’s referred to as shin’nooru solution.

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“Water already contains hydrogen, but hydrogen water is made by bubbling pure hydrogen gas into water,” says Gill Tietz, an adjunct chemistry professor at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. “It can also be made with electrolysis, which uses electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen.” Even with all that manipulation, the taste stays the same.

You don’t have to worry about doing that yourself, of course. Hydrogen water is readily available online or at the store, either as a packaged pouch or as tablets that you drop into water you already have. 

You can also purchase your own hydrogen water bottle (such as the Echo Go+ Hydrogen Water Bottle, which adds hydrogen to regular water in 5 to 10 minutes) or, for a heftier price, a hydrogen water-making machine like the Echo Ultimate Hydrogen Water Machine.

Proposed Benefits of Hydrogen Water

Even though hydrogen water is convenient and easy to acquire, the real question is: Is hydrogen water good for you? The whole idea is that extra hydrogen amps up antioxidant activity. Molecular hydrogen has been shown to be more selective than other antioxidants by neutralizing only harmful reactive oxygen species (such as free radicals) rather than both harmful and helpful ones.

[2] “Hydrogen is an exciting antioxidant because of its small size, so it can diffuse through cell membranes,” Tietz says. 

The extra antioxidants can help you tap into a host of potential benefits.

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