Q: What is hydrogen water?
A: Normal water (H2O) that contains dissolved hydrogen gas (H2).
Q: Isn’t hydrogen gas explosive?
A: Yes, very explosive. But, when the gas is dissolved in water it is not explosive at all. If you mix gunpowder in water it wouldn’t be explosive.
Q: Doesn’t water have hydrogen in it because water is H2O?
A: The two hydrogen atoms in the water molecule are bound to the oxygen atom. This is different from the hydrogen gas molecule (H2), which is just two hydrogen atoms bound only to each other.
Q: If the water is “hydrogen rich”, then it must be acidic?
A: If the water is rich in positive hydrogen ions (H+), then yes it is acidic. But in this case, we are talking about neutral hydrogen gas (H2), which is two hydrogen atoms tied together. When we hear hydrogen water, we normally think of hydrogen (meaning hydrogen ion) as acidic, and that is the definition of pH. The p stands for potential or power, and the H stands for the hydrogen ion, which is just a proton and no electron. But when we say “hydrogen water” we are referring to molecular hydrogen, which is a neutral gas that is dissolved in the water.
Q: If you add hydrogen to water, does it not make hydrogen peroxide?
A: Water has the chemical formula H2O and hydrogen peroxide has the chemical formula H2O2 which contains an extra oxygen. So, cannot form hydrogen peroxide when you add hydrogen to water. The fact is, hydrogen gas does not bond to or react with the water molecules, it just dissolves into the water. It does not form a chemically impossible novel molecule like H4O!
Q: Does drinking alkaline water neutralize excess acid?
A: Alkaline water is not a buffer and has low alkalinity. So, cannot neutralize much acid. This is why the medical professionals have been skeptical about “alkaline ionized water”. The fact is: It wasn’t known that the benefit of alkaline ionized water is due to the dissolved hydrogen gas until around 2007. In 2007 a prestigious medical journal, Nature Medicine published a landmark study that concluded that Molecular Hydrogen (H2) is a therapeutic selective antioxidant that only scavenges the most notorious Hydroxyl free radical by turning it into water. This was a turning point!
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