Water ionizers and Hydrogen Water Generators both make molecular hydrogen. In fact, all water ionizers are also hydrogen
water generators because the process used to make alkaline ionized water, called electrodialysis, makes molecular hydrogen at the same time it makes the water alkaline. Machines that make water both alkaline and hydrogen rich are best for your health. A study called: “Electrochemically reduced water exerts superior reactive oxygen species scavenging activity in HT1080 cells than the equivalent level of hydrogen-dissolved water” showed that both alkaline water and hydrogen water have antioxidant activity, but the antioxidant activity of alkaline water is superior to hydrogen water.
Why water ionizers also make hydrogen when making alkaline water
The electrodialysis process used by water ionizers to make alkaline water splits water into acid and alkaline fractions. The machine does that by acting on the minerals in your tap water using electromagnetism. Inside the machine’s ionization chamber, there is a series of positively and negatively charged plates separated by special membranes called ion-exchange membranes.
Those membranes allow charged particles, known as ions, to pass. They block uncharged particles such as water molecules. The membrane allows positively charged calcium and magnesium to pass through to the negatively charged plates. It also allows positively charged bicarbonate ions to pass through to the negative plates.
The calcium and magnesium ions, once separated from the acidic bicarbonate ions, undergo a secondary reaction with water molecules. That reaction, called hydrolysis, produces the antioxidant hydroxyl ion and an excess atom of hydrogen. The excess hydrogen ions then combine with each other to form molecular hydrogen.
That is how all water ionizers work. You can’t make water alkaline with an ionizer without also generating molecular hydrogen. Keep in mind that not all water ionizers are created equal, some make more molecular hydrogen than others. For example, the Life MXL-15 makes more molecular hydrogen than any other water ionizer or hydrogen machine – Life Ionizers guarantees it!
Does alkaline water lose its benefits if you remove the hydrogen from it?
No. the study mentioned earlier, Electrochemically reduced water exerts superior reactive oxygen species scavenging activity in HT1080 cells than the equivalent level of hydrogen-dissolved water” removed the hydrogen from alkaline water. It still provided antioxidant benefit and beneficial alkalinity. Researchers also removed the hydrogen from hydrogen water. The hydrogen water lost all of it’s benefits after the hydrogen was removed from it.
The researchers in the study concluded that:
- Alkaline water still has benefits even if you remove the hydrogen from it
- Hydrogen water loses all benefits once the hydrogen escapes
- Alkaline water is a superior antioxidant over hydrogen water.
Water ionizes give you the best of both, hydrogen machines don’t
Your best bet for healthy water is to get a water ionizer instead of a hydrogen machine. They both cost about the same, but water ionizers make alkaline water with hydrogen in it that has superior antioxidant radical scavenging activity versus hydrogen water only. With a water ionizer, you get the best of both: The health benefits of alkaline water and the health benefits of hydrogen water. With a hydrogen machine, you get only the benefits of molecular hydrogen, until it escapes. Then you get no benefit at all from that hydrogen water.
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Hamasaki T, Harada G, Nakamichi N, Kabayama S, Teruya K, Fugetsu B, et al. (2017)
Electrochemically reduced water exerts superior reactive oxygen species scavenging activity in HT1080 cells than the equivalent level of hydrogen-dissolved water. PLoS ONE 12(2): e0171192. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0171192