Introduction to Molecular Hydrogen

Research into therapeutic uses of molecular hydrogen started in earnest in 2007. Since that time, hundreds of papers in practically every field of study have been published. A small portion of these is listed on other pages on this website. Despite the research volume, if you ask a medical professional in the U.S. about hydrogen uses, you will get a blank stare; they will not know what you are talking about. The newness of the research area can explain some of it, but the disparity between the amount of hydrogen research done by U.S. researchers and those from other countries is staggering. Ninety-Nine percent of all hydrogen medical research comes from China and Japan. (see Molecular Hydrogen – Clinical Studies here.)Those countries have medical departments dedicated to therapeutic applications of hydrogen. The Chinese actively explore hydrogen as a treatment for COVID-19 – with successful results, I might add. A paper published in June of last year shows evidence of hydrogen’s ability to halt or even reverse the disease’s progression in seriously ill patients. The specific action of hydrogen therapy was to improve lung functionality and oxygen utilization.

The conclusions of this report are significant for another reason. Tablets to produce hydrogen saturated water are sold as a supplement would most likely be effective in reducing the severity of active disease in victims not requiring hospitalization. Likewise, speed post-COVID-19 recovery and mitigate the long-term recovery of COVID-19 long-haulers. More importantly, hydrogen saturated water is extremely safe. See Molecular Hydrogen and COVID-19 here.

Athletes have also embraced molecular hydrogen as a tool to improve performance, speed injury healing, and treat mild traumatic brain injury. DrinkHRW’s tablets are certified to be absent of substances banned by the sporting industry. Japan 2021 Olympics has selected its approved vendor to supply hydrogen water to its athletes. Further information on Molecular Hydrogen and Sports is found here.


Molecular hydrogen has been used as a diving gas since 1940. There is no known toxicity level, and no medical study has shown hydrogen to have any harmful effect on participants. Yes, we all know about the Hindenburg, and yes, it can explode. However, molecular hydrogen supplements produce hydrogen in hydrogen saturated water and maintain atmospheric hydrogen levels below the 4% or greater hydrogen concentration needed to create an explosive mixture.

Making Hydrogen Water

There are several ways to produce hydrogen water, but for brevity, let me say – only use molecular hydrogen tablets. I will discuss the reasons at another time but for now, trust me. The tables ARE NOT SWALLOWED. They are actually a clever implementation of the high school science experiment where a magnesium metal is dropped in a beaker of acid. It produces hydrogen gas which the teacher dramatically lights with an open flame. Poof!

The tablets are nanoparticles of magnesium metal combined with tartaric acid (found in the kitchen as Cream of Tarter). When a tablet is dropped into a glass or bottle containing 16 oz. of water, the acid reacts with the metal to produce nano-bubbles of hydrogen gas. (Nano-bubbles are one of the reasons tablets are preferred. They produce a higher concentration of hydrogen.) The tablet will initially sit at the bottom until it becomes too light and slowly rises to the surface. Wait until the bubbles stop and drink immediately and as fast as you can. Your goal is to get as much of the hydrogen into your body as quickly as you can.

See “How the Open Cup Works” for detailed instructions.

How Much and When:

You can’t consume too much hydrogen, but you can drink too much water. With some guessing on how fast the body can uptake the hydrogen, it’s usually suggested to use two tablets per day. There are probably diminishing returns in using more. There are two approaches to using hydrogen water. One proposes a daily one-time high-concentration pulse. Another focuses on just-in-time delivery. The former encourages using two tablets during the morning in quick succession. The latter suggests that molecular hydrogen is used just before when large amounts of mitochondrial waste are created (oxidative stress). Suggested times would be mid-morning (1 hr before or after eating), before exercising, late afternoon, or an hour or two before bedtime. An article in LiveScience, “Watch Spinal Fluid ‘Wash’ the Sleeping Brain in Rhythmic, Pulsing Waves” suggests the brain is flushing itself of waste products during sleep. While not yet studied, as hydrogen easily passes through the blood-brain barrier, increasing hydrogen concentrations during a sleep period may increase the nocturnal flushing’s effectiveness – just a thought.

Purchasing DrinkHRW Products:

On the Farm, we use DrinkHRW’s product line. Their products are research-based, and study results are available. DrinkHRW’s products were developed by the team that did the first research in creating high-performance tablets, Alex Tarnava and Dr. Richard Holland; manufactured with high purity ingredients; and certified not to possess substances banned by international sporting organizations. We, ourselves, have tested the hydrogen levels to verify their high hydrogen concentration.

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