Oxygen sustains the lives of human a unique element. However, oxygen is unwanted and harmful when it is over tension to introduce oxygen-derived free radicals in the cells. Hydrogen and oxygen are both involved in the genesis of life that exists on Earth and metabolism in vivo, so it is not strange to exert a biological effect. Recently, scientists have found that hydrogen is an essential physiological regulatory function with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antiapoptotic protective effects on cells. Using therapeutic hydrogen includes different delivery methods, such as inhalation of hydrogen gas, oral hydrogen water, and injection of hydrogen-saturated saline. In clinical applications, magnesium hydride hydrolysis instead of traditional metallic magnesium is effective in increasing the theoretical hydrogen storage capacity by two times. The hydrogen-water comes across as being an excellent choice to produce from magnesium hydride hydrolysis on-demand because its antioxidant activity cannot store.
Part of the book: Magnesium Alloys
In this study, we use a Drosophila model to examine the effect of drinking hydrogen water on survival rate after fasting. The cells produce free radicals to help to absorb nutritious substances due to metabolism, which is a unique phenomenon for biological organisms. But if over the tension of free radicals can seriously affect the physiological functions, and even lead to death. Recently, scientists found that molecular hydrogen is a free radicals scavenger. However, no bio physiological mechanism and experiment have shown that by drinking hydrogen water, can eliminate the free radicals in animals and the evidence sufficient to influence the survival rate after fasting. Surprisingly, the results of the study support that hydrogen water may be helpful for the survival rate of the fasted fly. When the body loses oxygen free radicals due to food breakoff, hydrogen water may neutralize free radicals and reduce damage to cells. However, we also found that hydrogen water seems to be much help for relatively weak individuals, such as the mutant flies, and it is also favorable for individuals with stronger physique in wild Drosophila melanogaster females. In conclusion, the results show that flies can increase their survival rate by feeding hydrogen water under extreme oxidation stress.
Part of the book: Nutrition in Health and Disease