Hydrogen Slows Aging

Hydrogen is a selective antioxidant that scavenges the most dangerous radicals—including the highly toxic hydroxyl radical, the strongest of the oxidant species, and the potent oxidant peroxynitrite, aka ONOO– (formed by the reaction of superoxide and nitric oxide)—but unlike most antioxidants it will not disrupt radicals that are important as physiological signaling molecules, such as superoxide and nitric oxide, vital (at low concentrations) for the proper transmission of information between cells.

The good news is that it is possible to enhance the endogenous production of hydrogen gas that is released by colonic bacteria through fermentation of certain carbohydrates that reach the lower digestive tract. Moreover, the hydrogen produced there is able to diffuse with extreme rapidity into tissues and effectively reach the nuclei and mitochondria, which most antioxidants cannot do. And hydrogen is reported to have no cytotoxicity even at extremely high concentrations.

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