In 2017, 42,384 people died from heart and circulatory diseases in the UK before the age of 75, a rise of over three percent on the 41,042 in 2014.
17.9 million people die each year from CVD, an estimated 31% of all deaths worldwide. Heart Disease is one of the biggest reasons for death in the world.
What is Heart Disease?
Heart Disease, also known as Cardio Vascular Disease is actually a collection of diseases affecting the heart. Coronary Heart Disease is the most common form of heart disease and develops as plaque builds up inside the coronary arteries. The plaque build up is commonly known as atherosclerosis, which slowly blocks the delivery of oxygen-rich blood to the heart.
Factors responsible for the buildup of plaque include stress, smoking, high levels of unhealthy fats, high blood pressure, high amounts of sugar in the blood, and oxidative stress. Controlling the contributing factors to heart disease is vital to prevent this deadly disease, and breathing in Hydrogen is proven to help in over 10 different ways.
10 Ways Hydrogen Decreases or Prevents Heart Disease
All the information presented here is from scientific studies with the sources at the bottom of the blog and inspired by Tywon Hubbard video at H2 Minutes video above.
1) Improves overall heart function: One study shows that H2 attenuated severe arrhythmias and significantly restored heart function. The study indicated that H2 prevented cardiac hypertrophy, improved cardiac function, abated oxidative stress, and suppressed inflammation (discussion starts at 2:40 in the video below)
2) Improves the function of heart ventricles: One study showed an improvement of systolic pressure in the right ventricle with the administration of H2. Another study shows that H2 improved the function of a damaged left ventricle as well as exerting protective effects. Another study showed H2 reversed right ventricle hypertrophy.
3) Protects during I/R Injury: Ischemia (insufficient blood supply to an organ or body part) and Reperfusion (the act of restoring blood flow to an organ or tissue) is a common problem in heart disease. One study shows that breathing H2 + NO gas exhibited myocardial (muscle tissue in the heart) protection against ischemia-induced injury. The study concluded that H2 reduced infarction (obstruction of blood supply to an organ) size and maintained cardiac function inferring that the use of NO + H2 gas may be useful in planned coronary interventions. Another study concluded that hydrogen-rich saline is a novel, simple, safe, and effective method of reducing myocardial I/R injury.
4) Reduces cardiac hypertrophy and fibrosis: Cardiac Hypertrophy (abnormal enlargement of heart tissue from the increased size of its cells) is considered to be an adaptive response required to sustain cardiac output in response to stress, but sustained cardiac hypertrophy eventually leads to congestive heart failure, arrhythmia, and sudden death. One study concludes that heart failure is often preceded by left ventricular hypertrophy. The results of the study indicated that the administration of H2 prevented cardiac hypertrophy and improved cardiac function. Another study indicated that H2 significantly attenuated cardiac hypertrophy and alleviated cardiac fibrosis. Yet another study shows that the inhalation of H2 gas prevented hypertrophy and fibrosis in the left ventricle.
5) Improves atherosclerosis: Atherosclerosis is the end result of the buildup of fats, cholesterol, and other substances in the artery walls. It is the primary cause of heart disease and stroke and is the underlying cause of half of the deaths in the USA. One study states: “Because human atherosclerosis is primarily a consequence of vessel wall inflammation, hydrogen administration may thus represent a useful therapeutic strategy for avoiding or treating atherosclerosis. Another study found that the consumption of H2 water reduced atherosclerotic lesions and decreased oxidative stress of the aorta and the researchers behind the study suggested that H2 dissolved water has the potential to prevent atherosclerosis. Yet another study suggested that the continual consumption of hydrogen water decreased oxidative stress and prevented the formation of atherosclerosis.
Another human study suggested the potential role of H2 in the regression of hypercholesterolemia and atherosclerosis and that H2 water may prevent or delay the development and progression of both diseases.
6) Reduces high blood pressure: There is a strong association of elevated blood pressure and cardiovascular disease mortality. A study shows that LVSP (Left Ventricular Systolic Pressure) and LVDP (Left Ventricular Diastolic Pressure) were significantly improved with H2 administration. A published review paper suggests that H2 enriched water decreases systolic blood pressure. Another study concluded that H2 consumption is helpful in the recovery of systolic blood pressure. Another study showed that after treatment of hydrogen, high blood pressure generally decreased for patients and some patients reached normotensive status. The study concluded that H2 was able to quell inflammation and improve blood pressure.
7) Normalizes cholesterol levels: HDL (High-Density Lipoproteins) are the “good” cholesterol while LDL (Low-Density Lipoproteins) are the “bad” cholesterol. High levels of HDL reduce the risk of heart disease as they scavenge LDL’s. One study shows that H2 decreases overall cholesterol levels (a good thing), decreases plasma oxidative stress, and decreases inflammatory status. Another study indicates that H2 decreases LDL levels and improve HDL functions.
8) Reduces blood sugar: which protects the body from damage caused by high blood sugar levels including cardiovascular disease. A comprehensive study concluded that drinking H2 water decreased levels of plasma glucose, insulin, triglycerides to levels achieved through diet restriction. Another study showed that the intake of H2 water normalized the oral glucose tolerance test in 2/3 of the patients tested and concluded that H2 intake may be beneficial in the prevention of insulin resistance. The study concluded that H2 consumption not only reduces DNA damage of injured cells and inhibits the death process. Another study found that consumption of H2 water lowered the blood glucose levels of participants with abnormally high blood glucose levels while the water didn’t reduce the blood glucose levels of participants with normal blood glucose levels.
9) Protects blood vessels: Endothelial dysfunction causes accumulation of vascular damage and induces chronic inflammation followed by atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. A study shows that H2 water is expected to prevent vascular shear stress from triggering endothelial dysfunction.
10) Has recovery benefits after cardiac arrest: H2 inhalation has recently been approved as a medical procedure for post-cardiac arrest syndrome in Japanese hospitals. It showed the ninety-six-hour survival rate significantly improved with the hydrogen inhalation group. Before you discount the “Japanese” aspect of the approval, you should know that the Japanese medical system is extremely conservative and the approval simply means they are more advanced than America in the study of H2.
Heart disease is clearly one of the biggest causes of death in the world. Hydrogen inhalation is clearly showing it can help reduce or prevent heart disease, I believe if someone who suffers from heart disease or at risk, combines regular hydrogen inhalation session, with an improved lifestyle choices,such as less stress, a healthy paleo based diet, with possibly some added supplements such a Hawthorn, Q10, curcumin, garlic, omega 3 fish oil or hemp oil, and omega 7 sea buckthorn oil you are going to get the best result.
To Your Innate Wellbeing
Antony Robert Taylor
Natural Health Coach
Author of Your Greatest Wealth
1. Hydrogen can potentially improve cardiac function
- Hydrogen Inhibits Isoproterenol-Induced Cardiac Hypertrophy via Antioxidative Pathways
- Molecular hydrogen potentiates the beneficial anti-infarct effect of hypoxic postconditioning in isolated rat hearts: a novel cardioprotective intervention
- Hydrogen-containing saline attenuates doxorubicin-induced heart failure in rats
2. Hydrogen may improve the function of weakened or damaged left and right ventricles of the heart.
- Hydrogen-rich saline protects the myocardium against ischemia/reperfusion injury in rats
3. Protects heart muscle cells during ischemia, or lack of blood and oxygen.
- Breathing nitric oxide plus hydrogen gas reduces ischemia-reperfusion injury and nitrotyrosine production in murine heart
4. Hydrogen may significantly reduce cardiac hypertrophy and cardiac fibrosis
- Treatment with hydrogen molecule attenuates cardiac dysfunction in streptozotocin-induced diabetic mice
5. H2 may play an important role in improving atherosclerosis. The primary cause of heart disease:
- Consumption of hydrogen water prevents atherosclerosis in apolipoprotein E knockout mice
6. Reduces high blood pressure
- Effect of hydrogen-rich saline on blood pressure and antioxidant ability of lung tissue in scalded rats following delayed resuscitation
7. H2 has demonstrated the ability to increase HDL or healthy cholesterol, and decrease LDL, which is bad cholesterol.
- Hydrogen-rich water decreases serum LDL-cholesterol levels and improves HDL function in patients with potential metabolic syndrome.
8. Reduce blood sugar/glucose levels.
- Glucose: a continuous risk factor for cardiovascular disease
- Hyperglycemia and cardiovascular disease
- Role of hydrogen gas in regulating of poly (ADP-ribose)
- hydrogen-rich water improves lipid and glucose metabolism
9. Hydrogen has the potential to protect vascular endothelial cells and maintains blood vessel function.
10. Hydrogen has therapeutic potential for Cardiac arrest
- Hydrogen Inhalation is Superior to Mild Hypothermia in Improving Cardiac Function and Neurological Outcome in an Asphyxial Cardiac Arrest Model of Rats
Hydrogen as Prevention
- Consumption of hydrogen water prevents atherosclerosis in apolipoprotein E knockout mice
- Are the effects of a-glucosidase inhibitors on cardiovascular events related to elevated levels of hydrogen gas in the gastrointestinal tract?