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Hydrogen Rich Water and Hydrogen Stick - Miracle or Scam

Updated on August 31, 2016

Hydrogen Rich Water - Miracle or Scam?

Hydrogen rich water is one of the latest discoveries in the alternative medicine. Hydrogen water is an effective way to improve your health, in a safe way, without spending a fortune. Hydrogenated water works, despite quackery aura that is associated with miracle water cures.

There are many self claimed miracle water cures, and most of them are scams. Some people will try anything to make an extra buck, and take advantage of other people's credulity. You probably heard about Kangen water, alkaline water, acid water, ionized water, and many other miraculous waters. However, hydrogenated water has scientific research support and it is an effective way to slow down the oxidation processes in our body.

Hydrogen Water - Scam or Real Cure

With the myriad of miracle cures on the market it is really hard to distinguish between what is a scam and what really works, and because "snake oil" has been sold for from the beginning of humanity, and it is still sold, even in real pharmacies, is really easy to fall for a scam.

What is really interesting about our reviewed product, is that it has all the characteristics of a scam: shady websites that promote the product as an extraordinary effective one, sensationalized description attributing it effectiveness for all kind of ailments and conditions, (a real miracle), an invented, inexistent discoverer of the cure, (in our case Hidemitsu Hayashi). I was about to classify this as another scam and put it together with the Kangen water, on the "miracle water" scams shelf, when I discovered an interesting article on the NIH's PubMed Central, about the anti-oxidative properties of Hydrogen Rich Water, (you can read the article here). The article presents the amazing results of a Japanese research team that actually proves the effectiveness of hydrogen rich water on our health. Although the study is not enough to give us enough data to fully understand the way it works, there is enough evidence to show us some great benefits of drinking hydrogen rich water. I wanted to make sure the Japanese weren't the only ones looking into this medical novelty, and I looked on PubMed Central to see if there was any Western institution that did research on this, and I certainly found this study financed by the Mayo Foundation, and a lot of more Japanese research.

Hydrogen Water Stick - Where To Get Hydrogen Water Stick

In theory you can use any pure magnesium source, but again, it needs a lot of work, and to be honest I don't think the work is worth. If you buy a specially created magnesium stick, you don't have to do anything. The stick is specially designed to react with water for longer times, without needing any intervention. The best on the market is Dr. Hayashi's stick, (note the persistence of using a fake person's name). When you get on Amazon's description of the product try to avoid reading it, it is just disgustingly filled with pseudo-scientific explanations on why is hydrogen water good for us. The only thing that matters is that the stick will react with your water, and as a result of the reaction hydrogen will be released in the water and magnesium hydroxide, (milk of magnesia), will settle at the bottom of the bottle. This stick is one of the best on the marked because it will last you for about six months, and it requires very little maintenance.

The Original Dr. Hayashi Hydrogen Rich Water Stick
The Original Dr. Hayashi Hydrogen Rich Water Stick

This magnesium stick is specially designed to react with the water and not oxidize. A common problem with magnesium is that after a few uses, the metal surface needs to be sanded and immersed in a weak acid to reactivate the metal. Not with these magnesium sticks.

Another trick is to understand the quality of your water. If the water is too alkaline you need to add just a bit of vinegar or lemon to speed up the hydrogen bubble production. Of the water is too acidic, you will probably waste a lot of hydrogen, because you cannot drink what you make.


How To Make Hydrogen Water?

Hydrogen water is nothing more than regular water with a high content of hydrogen gas. Think about it as a sparkling water, but instead of the carbon dioxide bubbles, it contains hydrogen bubbles.

I haven't seen hydrogen rich water on the market though, so how can we get it? This is a legitimate question, and the answer is very simple, you make it. No, it is not complicated and you don't even have to own one of those ultra expensive water ionizers. The process is very simple and it is based on a chemical reaction between Magnesium and water. The chemical reaction is Mg + 2H2O => Mg(OH)2 + H2

This means that if we put magnesium in water we will get hydrogen enriched water? Short answer yes. Long answer, yes you can get hydrogenated water by just immersing magnesium for a few hours in a water container, but that will only work for a few times. After the first few times you need to polish the magnesium bar, or rod to remove the oxide layer and reactivate the metal. Additionally, you need to plunge the metal bar in vinegar for thorough oxide removing. The best water container for this, is a plastic soda bottle, that will lock the gas in and won't let it escape. If you have a gas-tight glass water, (from a sparkling water), it is even better, because it is easy to wash, it doesn't react to heat, and the resulted magnesium hydroxide will be easier to wash off of the bottle.

Hydrogen Water Side Effects

Wait, What? Are there side effects? Isn't this supposed to make me healthier, why does it have side effects? Well, the side effects are minimal, and from the look of it, seems that the side effects are the ones associated with ingesting milk of magnesia, so if you are careful enough you can avoid them by drinking your water very carefully, so the milk of magnesia sediments remain at the bottom of the bottle. The side effects of hydrogen rich water, (made from a reaction with a magnesium stick), are:

  • Loose stool
  • More bowel movements that usual
  • Mild headache
  • Heartburn
  • There is also reported a slight increase in the bilirubin concentration, but the concentration stayed within healthy ranges.
  • GGT levels were also increased but within normal ranges. GGT levels are an indication of a hardworking liver. On a meat and alcohol diet the GGT levels increase, pointing that the liver is under stress.

ORP Tester - Test Your Water

This tester will help you determine how much hydrogen is in your water, and if you need to buy a new stick or not.

Alternatively, if your hydrogen stick is in a plastic bottle, you can use the squeeze test. If you can squeeze the plastic bottle easily, it's time for a new stick. If the bottle it's hard to press, there is still a lot of hydrogen inside the bottle, and you can still use the stick for a while.

Guestbook Comments - What Do You Think About Hydrogen Rich Water?

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      12 months ago

      Now I am really confused....

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      2 years ago

      In regard to Kims response, I absolutely agree that it is very important to be critcal about claimed therapeutic alternatives, but in regard to your response i must say that your posted article is not directly denouncing hydrogen rich waters effectiveness. also Kms linked article doesnt cite or source anything denouncing the effectivness of the OP's article, in the Pubmed research article there seem to be some justifiable sources. just say...

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      Kim Gjøl 

      2 years ago

      Still a scam!

      First of all both of your links are to articles of no scientific merit, published only on the net and not reviewed - or alas reviewed at all.

      The first study you mention is testing 20 people, which is a very small sample indeed. And there is no control group at all. So forget all about double blind test or anything else resembling serious science.

      Second study almost the same, only 19 subjects in that one. No control group, no nothing.


      the whole hydrogenization thing is based on the claim, that you can and need to de-oxidize your body by the intake of radicals.

      Do read this article by the renowned Ben Goldacre.

      Or if you don't bother I will quote:

      *Antioxidants are the textbook example, since they

      are, after all, the cornerstone of all the most prevalent

      claims of the nutritionism industry. Chemicals related

      to antioxidants are elevated in blood tests in people

      who live longer; and on paper, in a metabolism textbook,

      looking at what they do in the body, you might

      think antioxidants should be helpful; they’re also

      abundant in vegetables, and eating your greens is one

      of the few things shown to be good for you. Filling up

      on antioxidants made sense as a hypothesis. But huge

      numbers of studies, systematic reviews of those studies,

      and meta-analyses of those studies, have shown

      that antioxidant supplements have no benefit on heart

      disease, and may even increase the risk of cancer.*

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      3 years ago

      Most Americans don't boil our water unless there is a water main break, flood or pubilc announcement by the government. Our water supplier is supposed to notify us if our water doesn't meet EPA or state standards or if there is a waterborne disease emergency. If we know all the contaminants in our water these days, we should take more precaution. Yeah, I agree, purifier + boiling is the best way to go! (I heard boiling alone doesn't get rid of all the chemicals and metals in tap water)exile


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