What is the best source of antioxidants?
Traditionally, we have been taught it is through eating nutrient rich food – particularly a diet rich in fruits (such as purple, red and blue grapes, blueberries), and dark green vegetables. For a full list click here to read an article in WebMD. Maybe, however, there is another key piece that we need to add to our understanding of antioxidants that has the potential to open up the world of health and wellness in a way that most of us have never seen!
Molecular Hydration as an Antioxidant
Molecular Hydration is an incredible antioxidant because it can convert toxic oxygen radicals to water. It scavenges the bad free radicals. Since it is the smallest molecule (smaller than even oxygen), it can easily and quickly enter the cells of the body. It is absorbed into the cells and even the mitochondria better than any other antioxidant (better than antioxidants from food).
However, it does more than convert toxic oxygen radical to water. It also increases our body’s antioxidant system like glutathione. When the body’s antioxidant systems are functioning more efficiently, everything within the body is going to benefit.
Food as an Antioxidant
We will always need the nutrients found in food. So molecular hydration will never replace food as an antioxidant. But what molecular hydrogen does do is complement the benefits that we receive with food as an antioxidant. When we consume antioxidant rich food, we consume things like vitamin C molecules. The body makes use of the vitamin C to neutralize free radicals. But, it can go one step further. Some of these vitamin C molecules can be “refurbished” by the body to be used again! (This is not so with molecular hydration.)
How is Molecular Hydration as an Antioxidant and Food as an Antioxidant the same?
Well, both are completely natural. In other words neither are artificial, synthetic or man-made. They both promote health within the body by providing the right environment for wellness. They are both providing the fuel that the body needs in order for the body to manage and heal itself.
In a nutshell they are both providing an extra electron to latch onto dangerous free radicals. The extra electron neutralizes the free radical which can then be eliminated from the body.
How is Molecular Hydration as an Antioxidant DIFFERENT from Food as an Antioxidant?
One of the most significant differences is that hydrogen rich water leaves no waste product after neutralizing a free radical. Food, on the other hand, does. When we consume antioxidant rich food such as blueberries or dark green vegetables, our bodies will make use of those antioxidants, but a by-product is left behind. The by-product is another free radical. Albeit, not as toxic as the free radical that the blueberry neutralized, but another free radical that the body now has to contend with.
Another key difference is that molecular hydrogen is the smallest molecule. Because of its extremely small size it is more easily absorbed into the cells of the body and can penetrate the blood brain barrier and even penetrate into the sub cellular compartments of the mitochondria. This is one of the main reasons that hydrogen rich water has such great potential as an antioxidant.
Another difference between these two antioxidants is that molecular hydrogen increases the natural antioxidant systems that are already in place within our bodies such as glutathione.