Medical research has now proven that alkaline water provides antioxidant benefits in the body. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania say that drinking alkaline water substantially increases levels antioxidants and reduces levels of free radicals in the body.
Alkaline water reduced metabolic risk factors
Drinking alkaline water was shown to reduce oxidative stress in the body that leads to the symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome including:
- Insulin Resistance
- High blood pressure
- High blood cholesterol
Significant increases in antioxidant levels
Participants in the study drank alkaline water for 8 weeks. During the study, researchers measured the change in antioxidant levels in the bloodstream of study participants. The improvement in antioxidant levels was astonishing!
- 39% Increase Superoxide Dismutase (SOD)
- 8% Improved HDL (good) cholesterol
Superoxide Dismutase – Powerful Antioxidant defends the body against premature aging
HDL Cholesterol – Good cholesterol that helps prevent arterial sclerosis, heart problems
Large decreases in free radicals
Researchers noted that the study participants had significantly lower levels of two harmful free radicals in their bodies after drinking alkaline water for 8 weeks:
- 43% Decrease – Thiobarbituric Acid (TBARS)
- 13% Lower LDL – (Bad) Cholesterol
Thiobarbituric Acid Reactive Substance (TBARS) – Measures oxidative stress – the ability of substances in the blood to damage human tissue and DNA
LDL Cholesterol – Collects on the walls of arteries leading to high blood pressure and heart disease
How to get antioxidants from alkaline water
The best way to get antioxidants from alkaline water is to make it yourself and drink it right away. Home water ionizers use electrical power to create an abundance of antioxidant molecules – called hydroxides – that give alkaline water its antioxidant properties. The antioxidant power of alkaline water is measured as negative oxidation reduction potential (–ORP). The –ORP of alkaline water begins to drop about 24 hours after you make it.
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Nakao, A. et al. Effectiveness of Hydrogen Rich Water on Antioxidant Status of Subjects with Potential
Metabolic Syndrome—An Open Label Pilot Study http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2831093/
N.A Thiobarbituric Acid http://thiobarbituricacid.com/
N.A What Is Superoxide Dismutase? http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-superoxide-dismutase.htm