I have been relating stories and publishing testimonials about the health benefits of drinking hydrogen ions produced by water ionizers for years. No matter how many people provide anecdotal evidence, the medical profession has shunned and even ridiculed the benefits of ionized water.
Until the water industry can provide scientific evidence that ionized water provides benefits beyond simple hydration, the doctors and everyone else will treat the industry with skepticism.
People want scientific proof backed by proper studies
Those who have been around the water ionizer industry for any length of time know the water works. The problem is that getting proper studies done is expensive…..crazy expensive. The outrageous costs of seeing the study process through to FDA approval is beyond anyone but the pharmaceutical companies.
Despite the insanely high costs of clinical research, progress is being made on a number of fronts. The fact that people spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on the smallest of studies, where there is little or no chance of recouping the costs, should tell you something.
I have been focusing my research on North American studies on water because nobody in America seems to give any credit to Japanese studies. There are numerous studies that have been completed or are in progress that clearly demonstrate the benefits of drinking mineral rich ionized water. The US government NIH (National Institute of Health) webstite is an incredible source of information for those that are interested.
A Study that Proves Hydrogen Ions Created in Ionized Water Are Effective Antioxidants
You will see lots of “claims” on the internet about the benefits of the water, but every site making the claims puts in a Disclaimer. Now there is an oxymoron for you. You will see “our machines or our water will do blah blah blah” followed by a Disclaimer. Geez, no wonder people are skeptical. You never actually see American studies on humans that people can actually sink their teeth into. They are out there, but nobody in the water ionizer industry wants to spend any time doing their research because there is no “fast” money in it.
I recently checked out a study with the title “Effectiveness of Hydrogen Rich Water on Antioxidant Status of Subjects with Potential Metabolic Syndrome”. The research was headed up by the Heart, Lung and Esophageal Surgery Institute, Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, USA. The actual study was conducted at KGK Synergize, Inc., London, Canada.
Pub Med Health, the US National Library of Medicine describes Metabolic Syndrome as:
a name for a group of risk factors that occur together and increase the risk for coronary artery disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes
You can combat Metabolic Syndrome diseases with an alkaline diet, or alkaline water.
I called the research faciltiy in London the other day and talked to the person who was in charge of administering the study. Even though the study was small, the results were conclusive….and expensive!
You can see review the study here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2831093/
The study provides clinical proof that hydrogen ions produced by running water over magnesium are effective and powerful antioxidants….not ancedotal evidence….clinical evidence. The exact wording from the summary of the study is as follows:
“The consumption of hydrogen rich water for 8 weeks resulted in a 39% increase (p<0.05) in antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD) and a 43% decrease (p<0.05) in thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) in urine. Further, subjects demonstrated an 8% increase in high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and a 13% decrease in total cholesterol/HDL cholesterol from baseline to 4 weeks
What does this mean? The study showed that participants who drank hydrogen rich water demonstrated a massive increase in the antioxidant enzyme (SOD) and a massive decrease in acid in the urine (TBARS). In addition, participants showed a significant increase in HDL the “good cholesterol”, and a significant decrease in the “bad cholesterol”.
My guess is that a more comprehensive study would have demonstrated other health benefits if more parameters were examined. We will never know without further studies.
I will solicit the water ionizer companies to join together to finance additional studies. The goal of the studies would be to investigate and provide scientific evidence that drinking ionized water creates powerful antioxidants, and is beneficial for weight loss, type 2 diabetes, acid reflux, and heart disease. It’s time that the businesses that stand to profit the most from the studies invest in scientific research so that they can back up their claims.
I doubt that the water industry guys will put up the money because they have demonstrated an incredible lack of foresight when it comes to education and research. I will figure something one way or another because the testing needs to be done. I don’t know how I will raise the hundreds of thousands of dollars required to complete a small study, but where there’s a will, there is a way. This will happen!
When the study results are published in a scientific or medical journal, the doctors will no longer be able to turn their backs. The drug companies will have to find a clever way to discredit the research so that doctors don’t recommend the water because water will represent a massive threat to prescription drug sales. Even if the drug companies find a way to mislead doctors, you can be sure that people like myself will be out there alerting the public of the truth.
I wish that a few of the thousands of bloggers who write about healthy diets and exercise would wake up to the fact that water plays a huge role in maintaining good health.