Study about Antioxidant Alkaline Water shown to Extend Lifespan
A new study on mice has just been published which showed that ionized alkaline water has the potential to
extend lifespans. The study looked at ionized alkaline water’s ability to act as an antioxidant in the body, and at specific biological markers of aging to see if ionized alkaline water had any effect on them. Researchers found that alkaline water had several positive effects on the mice and that it measurably extended their lifespan compared with mice that didn’t get ionized alkaline water.
Antioxidant alkaline water for extending life: The evidence continues to pile up
The study, called Alkaline Water and Longevity: A Murine Study, isn’t the first study to suggest that drinking ionized alkaline water can extend life. It builds on previous laboratory studies that explored ionized alkaline water’s potential to act as an antioxidant. Studies performed on Caenorhabditis elegans a tiny worm that scientists regard as a model organism: A relatively simple organism that shares many important biological characteristics with humans. Caenorhabditis elegans is used extensively in lifespan research. In fact, scientists believe that studying apoptosis – cell death – in Caenorhabditis elegans may hold the key to counteracting the effects of aging in humans, and that it will provide clues about diabetes, cancer, and other diseases.
Research performed on Caenorhabditis elegans showed that ionized alkaline water significantly extended their lifespan, increasing by 11% to 41% over study controls. Research also showed that ionized alkaline water significantly reduced the accumulation of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS)in Caenorhabditis elegans. Excessive levels of ROS in the body cause accelerated aging and are a factor in the development of disease.
Alkaline water and longevity: What the study found
Researchers divided 150 mice into three groups of 50. All groups got the same food, but group A received ionized alkaline water from a water ionizer. Group B received water alkalized by an alkaline concentrate used to alkalize drinking water. Group C got conventional tap water in the 6 – 6.5 pH range.
According to the study, after a two year period the mice that were given ionized alkaline water simply “overwhelmed” the mice given tap water. Examination of the mice’s internal organs from all three groups showed that the mice given alkaline water had much younger internal organs. After three years, it was found that the mice that had drank ionized alkaline water lived significantly longer than the ones that drank tap water. In fact, the mice that drank tap water died up to a year earlier than the mice that drank ionized alkaline water.
What about humans?
Ionized alkaline water life extension research has been performed in the lab in petri dishes. It has been performed on Caenorhabditis elegans, and on mice as well. So why hasn’t it been performed on humans? There are several reasons:
- Time – A study on human longevity takes decades
- Cost – It is significantly more expensive to do human clinical trials
- Complexity – Humans can’t just be dissected, like mice can
Time – Caenorhabditis elegans typically live for about 3 days. So a longevity study on them can be conducted in a single work week. The mice used in Alkaline Water and Longevity: A Murine Study typically live for about two years. So that study was concluded in three years’ time, long enough to see how ionized alkaline water affected the mice over their entire lifespan. Humans live for decades. In fact, alkaline water ionizers were only first recognized as medical devices in Japan in the late 60’s – within my lifetime. There just hasn’t been enough time for science to reach the human-trial stage of ionized alkaline water longevity research.
Cost – An experiment on Caenorhabditis elegans is very cheap. The worms short lifespan and simple biology makes it very economical to work with them. Mice are more expensive, but they’re still not a budget-buster. Human clinical trials cost millions of dollars. To get FDA approval for a new treatment can easily cost over a billion dollars and takes decades to complete
Complexity – Mice and Caenorhabditis elegans are simple creatures. That makes them useful model organisms. But humans’ physiology mind-bogglingly complex. That makes it much more difficult to design an experiment that will provide useful scientific results. That complexity adds tremendously to the cost of human trials. It’s because of the complexity that human clinical trials are always the last in a long line of research that happens when a potential new treatment – like ionized alkaline water – is discovered.
What we do know
A few small pilot studies have been conducted that give us clues as to how ionized alkaline water might help us live longer. Laboratory studies have shown that ionized alkaline water protects DNA and RNA from oxidative damage caused by Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS). Lab research also shows that ionized alkaline water triples the antioxidant effect of Vitamin C. A clinical trial called The effect of daily consumption of 2 liters of electrolyzed water for 2 months on body composition and several physiological parameters in four obese subjects: a preliminary report showed that ionized alkaline water has a “sparing effect” on antioxidant enzymes in the body. This suggests that ionized alkaline water can help you live longer by helping your body get more protection from damaging oxidation by supplementing the protective effects of your body’s antioxidant enzymes.
There are lab studies that show that ionized alkaline water can protect the brain from the oxidative damage that leads to dementia, and other research that shows it may protect the liver from oxidative damage. So we do know that ionized alkaline water has shown some potential to extend human life, but more research is definitely needed.
For alkaline water to have antioxidant potential, it must be ionized
After reading about the exciting research results in this article, you may be tempted to run out to the store and buy bottled alkaline water – don’t waste your money. Bottled alkaline water isn’t antioxidant ionized alkaline water. It won’t provide any of the potential benefits described in this article, because it has zero antioxidant potential. The antioxidant potential of ionized alkaline water doesn’t keep if you put it in a bottle. The only way to get the full antioxidant potential of ionized alkaline water is to make it yourself, with a water ionizer. A water ionizer is the next best thing to discovering Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth.
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