Fruits high in vitamin C include citrus, strawberries, and kiwi
Dr. Patrick Flanagan says, "In bio-chemistry, there is the antioxidant cascade. All previously known antioxidants become free radicals when they neutralize free radicals. The resulting free radicals are not as harmful as those that were neutralized. For example, vitamin C (ascorbic acid) becomes dehydro-ascorbic acid (it has lost its hydrogen). The dehydro-ascorbic acid must be eliminated by the body. This is true of all antioxidants except for H- or active hydrogen. When H- neutralizes a free radical, pure water is the result."
Ascorbic Acid when used becomes dehydroascorbic acid. Having lost a hydrogen. H- recycles dehydroascorbic acid to ascorbic acid. "The exciting thing about H- ions is that they can actually re-store and re-cycle all other radical scavengers. That is, it can restore Vitamin C in the body over and over again so that it does not need to be eliminated as a toxin. It works with all other know antioxidants in the same way. It is the king of antioxidants because of this. It is the only free radical fighter that is like that,” concludes Flanagan.
Ascorbic acid plays an important role in oxidative stress control. Ascorbate acts as an electron donor and/or hydrogen donor, and this ability makes it a potent antioxidant. It rapidly reduces superoxide and nitroxide radicals and scavenges hydroxyl, alkoxyl, and peroxyl radicals. Vitamin C can “recycle” other antioxidants (i.e., due to its function as an electron donor) and thereby allow these antioxidants to quench more free radicals.
Vitamin C in combination with other nutrients promotes normal metabolism and they interact with each other to facilitate absorption within the body. Most cancer patients die with nutritional imbalances that are difficult to correct by dietary intake alone. When hydrogen enhances ascorbic acid it saves us the expense of having to use high quantities of C meaning it saves us money as well as the inconvenience of doing intravenous ascorbic acid sessions.
Studies have shown that vitamin C concentrations in the plasma and leukocytes rapidly decline during infections and stress. Supplementation of vitamin C has been found to improve components of the human immune system such as antimicrobial and natural killer cell activities, lymphocyte proliferation, chemotaxis, and delayed-type hypersensitivity.
Vitamin C contributes to maintaining the redox integrity of cells, and thereby protects them against reactive oxygen species generated during the respiratory burst and in the inflammatory response. It is therefore clear that vitamin C plays an important role in immune function and the modulation of host resistance to infectious agents, reducing the risk, severity, and duration of infectious diseases.
There are wide varieties of mechanisms by which Vitamin C prevents and inhibits malignant growth. The collective evidence supports the notion of increasing C intake in patients suffering malignancies, especially if provided by the intra venous route. C may produce benefits in both prevention and treatment of cancer by inhibiting malignant cell proliferation and inducing differentiation through doing its job as an antioxidant. The ideal anticancer agent is obviously one that specifically interferes with tumor growth, prolongs patient survival time and improves the patient’s quality of life. Many doctor who follow orthomolecular medicine use intravenous C because they believe the evidence that Vitamin C fits this description. Hydrogen, by itself as an idea antioxidant, and through its ability to recycle Vitamin C, must also be thought also as an ideal anticancer agent.
Hydrogen’s potent efficacies on a broad spectrum of diseases in animal and human models. The Molecular Hydrogen foundation lists many studies that highlight hydrogens great propensity to put out oxidative fires. Molecular hydrogen, which reacts with the hydroxyl radical, is a novel antioxidant. H2 selectively reduces the hydroxyl radical, the most cytotoxic of reactive oxygen species (ROS), and effectively protects cells. In animal studies, scientists have found that hydrogen has a cardioprotective effect against radiation induced injury. The they found a selective reduction of hydroxyl by hydrogen induces cardio protection, protects myocardium degeneration and increase myocardium endogenous antioxidants in vivo.
Heart attacks and strokes involve a disruption of the oxygen supply to the affected areas. When the oxygen supply is restored a burst of free radicals is produced which can cause additional tissue damage (ischemia-reperfusion injury). Using hydrogen in hospitals is the medicine of the future that is already in practice in China and Japan for this and many other dire medical situations.
Molecular hydrogen also holds potential to be a neuroprotective agent. In animal models, inhalation of hydrogen gas or intraperitoneal injection of hydrogen-saturated saline (also called hydrogen-rich saline, HS) can effectively inhibit ischemia–reperfusion-induced oxidative stress in brain, liver, heart, intestine, and other tissues. Because of it small size and ability to penetrate into tissues hydrogen can even decrease the production of ROS and neuronal apoptosis in the spinal cord and also promote recovery of locomotor function in spinal injuries.
Deep burn wounds undergo a dynamic process known as wound progression that results in a deepening and extension of the initial burn area. Hydrogen has been reported to alleviate injury triggered by ischaemia/reperfusion and burns in various organs by selectively quenching oxygen free radicals.
The human body is under siege by free radicals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Pollution, chemicals, fumes, toxins, and other poisonous materials only add to the damage that the body endures on a daily basis. The amount of free radical damage is equivalent to the amount you have aged.
The best-known antioxidants until the arrival of molecular hydrogen were Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Green Tea Extract and Grape Seed Extract. Both Green Tea and Grape Seed Extracts have many times more antioxidant potential than either Vitamin E or Vitamin C.
The scientific evidence is showing though that hydrogen is hundreds of times more powerful as an antioxidant than either Green Tea Extract or Grape Seed Extract. There is no known antioxidant more powerful than hydrogen. We get more Hydrogen ions from drinking hydrogen water than from eating pounds of raw fruits and vegetables and drinking gallons of water from the Hunza region.
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 CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics Volume 20, Issue 8, Article first published online: 31 MAR 2014 Molecular Hydrogen Suppresses Reactive Astrogliosis Related to Oxidative Injury during Spinal Cord Injury in Rats Fang-Ting Liu,1 Sheng-Ming Xu,2 Zheng-Hua Xiang,3 Xiang-Nan Li,1 Jian Li,1 Hong-Bin Yuan1 & Xue-Jun Sun4
 Beneficial Effects of Hydrogen-Rich Saline on Early Burn-Wound Progression in Rats
Song Xue Guo, Yun Yun Jin, Quan Fang, Chuan Gang You, Xin Gang Wang, Xin Lei Hu, Chun-Mao Han
April 13, 2015DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0124897
Antioxidants work in several ways: they may reduce the energy of the free radical, stop the free radical from forming in the first place, or interrupt an oxidizing chain reaction to minimize the damage caused by free radicals. The body produces several antioxidant enzymes, including superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase, and glutathione peroxidase, which neutralize many types of free radicals. In addition to enzymes, many vitamins and minerals act as antioxidants in their own right, such as vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, vitamin B2, coenzyme Q10, and cysteine (an amino acid). Herbs, such as bilberry, turmeric (curcumin), grape seed or pine bark extracts, and ginkgo can also provide powerful antioxidant protection for the body
Not only does hydrogen interfere with the biochemical and physical damage caused by free radicals it also recycles and generates additional glutathione as well as vitamin C and E thus preventing deficiencies. Selenium, when used in conjunction with vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene, works to block chemical reactions that create free radicals in the body (which can damage DNA and cause degenerative change in cells, leading to cancer). Hydrogen is the new antioxidant on the medical block and is more basic to life than these others reducing our need for them.
Selenium and many scavenging free radicals effecting repair of damaged targets through hydrogen atom donation, altering the redox status of the cell, or affecting gene transcription or protein function. With hydrogen administration, we go right to the heart of this process with ultra-small molecules that can easily enter the cells and their mitochondria.
Vitamin E and selenium have their own specific modes of stopping free radicals. The two are "synergistic" which means that the activity of both together is greater than the sums of the activity of each by itself. Obviously, this is the case for molecular hydrogen. Vitamin E and selenium are a powerful combination and the body needs both together. Add hydrogen and Vitamin C to the mix and then one has a super antioxidant formula
Dr. Shigeo Ohta from the Nippon Medical School, Japan assures us that H2 has a number of advantages exhibiting extensive effects: H2 rapidly diffuses into tissues and cells, and it is mild enough neither to disturb metabolic redox reactions nor to affect signaling reactive oxygen species; therefore, there should be no or little adverse effects of H2.
Here's an interesting and potentially useful test for Megahydrate. My son, Fred, likes to take about 100 mg of extra niacin daily and sometimes will do a niacin flush to clear the system out. This week he took 100 mg of niacin around the time he took 1 Megahydrate capsule. This is not normally enough to give him a flush - but after a while he felt himself on "fire" with a full fledged niacin flush that he said was not like any niacin flush he ever had! It was "deeper". What an cool "hot" way to demonstrate that Megahydrate carries nutrients into the body. This also brings Abram Hoffer's niacin treatment for schizophrenia and other brain disorders to a new level!
Good Sources of Antioxidants
With hydrogen water the body is able to more efficiently eliminate toxins and metabolic by-products on the most basic level. More than one hundred times more potent than popular plant-based antioxidant sources such as Vitamin E, Vitamin C, green tea extract, and grape seed extract hydrogen water is truly a miracle-healing water.