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
- Vitamin A and Carotenoids from tomatoes, broccoli, peaches, apricots, sweet potatoes, carrots, milk, egg yolks, mozzarella cheese, and liver.
- Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) from citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwis, green peppers, green leafy vegetables, poultry, fish, and beef.
- Vitamin E from almonds, broccoli, vegetable oil, liver oil.
- Beta-carotene from sweet potatoes, carrots, cantaloupe, squash, apricots, pumpkin, and mangoes. As well as leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale.
- Lutein from green, leafy vegetables such as; collard greens, spinach, and kale.
- Lycopene from tomatoes, watermelon, guava, papaya, apricots, pink grapefruit, blood oranges, and other foods.
- Selenium, although not an antioxidant, is a mineral that is an antioxidant nutrient and is found in foods like fish, eggs, chicken, red meat, rice, wheat, and brazil nuts.