What is Alkaline Kangen Water?

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Claims that kangen water is a miracle cure give it a reputation for being snake oil

Alkaline kangen water® is sales fiction; the term is meaningless to chemists and doctors. Kangen water® is a marketing term for alkaline water used by the Enagic® Corporation. Kangen water® is marketed for Enagic® by Multi-level marketers as a magical cure for virtually every health malady known. However, most of their claims haven’t been verified by medical research.

Is Kangen water® “Snake Oil on Tap”?

Many of the claims made by Kangen water® sales reps have been debunked by skeptics such as Skeptoid’s Brian Dunning and retired chemist Stephen Lower.  These skeptics rightly point out that Kangen water® claims of being “hexagonal” and “microclustered” are nonsense. When water molecules stick together, they form ice.

There is plenty of research that shows that alkaline water can have health benefits, but the Kangen marketing hype isn’t based on it. Kangen water® is “snake oil on tap” because the way it is marketed leads people to have unrealistic expectations for it.

The Science of Alkaline Water

Pseudoscientific Kangen® claims aside, there is research that shows health benefits from drinking alkaline water.  The proper scientific term for alkaline water is actually alkaline mineral water because water can’t be alkaline unless there is an alkaline substance in it. Pure water has a neutral pH. Alkaline water is has an alkaline pH because it has alkaline minerals (mostly calcium and magnesium) in it.

Clinical trials on the use of alkaline water to treat digestive health problems were conducted in Japan and Korea. Based on the outcome of those trials, those countries decided to certify water ionizers as medical devices. In Japan and Korea, doctors prescribe alkaline water for mild digestive upset.

In the United States, some research has been done to evaluate the link between alkaline water and bone health. That initial research has shown some promise, alkaline water was shown to reduce markers of bone loss in women. That research needs to be confirmed by additional research before the American mainstream medical establishment will acknowledge it however.

Studies have also been done on the health benefits of getting minerals from water. Research shows that it is easier to absorb minerals like calcium from alkaline water than it is from food. Mineral water – which is what alkaline water actually is – is recognized as beneficial to health by mainstream medicine. The World Health Organization recommends that you get 10 – 20% of your daily needs of dietary minerals from water. A water ionizer simply takes ordinary tap water and turns it into healthy mineral water. Simply put, that is the science behind alkaline mineral water.

Are you confused about claims you’ve heard about Kangen water® or alkaline water? Call our healthy water experts today at 877-959-7977 and we’ll help you get the facts straight.

 Has the FDA evaluated alkaline Kangen water®?

No. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  The preceding information and/or products are for educational purposes only and are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness. Please consult your doctor before making any changes or before starting ANY exercise or nutritional supplement program or before using this information or any product during pregnancy or if you have a serious medical condition.

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