In recent years, it has become evident that molecular hydrogen is a particularly effective treatment for various disease models such as ischemia-reperfusion injury; as a result, research on hydrogen has progressed rapidly. Hydrogen has been shown to be effective not only through intake as a gas, but also as a liquid medication taken orally, intravenously, or locally. Hydrogen’s effectiveness is thus multifaceted. Herein the authors review the recent research on hydrogen-rich water, and we examine the possibilities for its clinical application. Now that hydrogen is in the limelight as a gaseous signaling molecule due to its potential ability to inhibit oxidative stress signaling, new research developments are highly anticipated.
Iida A, Nosaka N, Yumoto T, Knaet al. The clinical application of hydrogen as a medical treatment. Acta Med Okayama. 2016 Oct;70(5):331-337.