Dysfunction of vascular endothelium (tissue which covers the inner area of all blood vessels) plays an important role in the development of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. Excess of ROS, and specially of hydroxyl radical (OH), may cause harmful effects on blood vessel walls as well as vascular impairment.
Hydrogen rich water intake prevents the development of atherosclerosis due to its capacity to limit oxidative stress in the blood vessels.
Hydrogen rich water has shown to protect the blood vasculature from the harmful effects of ROS since hydrogen is a powerful antioxidant, specifically of OH.
In the cardiovascular field, molecular hydrogen effects have been widely studied at pilot level. There is evidence of of its cardioprotective effect against damage induced by ionizing radiation and its anti -inflammatory and cytoprotective effect in models of ischemia-reperfusion in both heart and brain and kidney.
Endothelial dysfunction is an early stage to develop atherosclerosis, a chronic inflammatory disease. Therefore, maintaining vascular endothelium healthy is key in preventing atherosclerosis, which is the origin of cardiovascular disease.
Numerous studies have been published about vitamin supplements such as antioxidant vitamins C and E. However, there is no evidence that they can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Hydrogen rich water has shown anti-inflammatory effects and, consequently, it can prevent endothelial dysfunction caused by oxidative damage which precedes atherosclerosis or vascular disease. Hydraction rich water daily intake may help maintain blood vasculature via two complementary mechanisms.