Step aside, spring, alkaline, deionized, and reverse osmosis water, there is a new kid in town!  Hydrogen water is the latest water trend claiming to improve hydration, reduce inflammation, and boost your mood among other claims.  Some claimed it helped cure a sore throat while others indicated it helped them lose weight, increase energy, and strengthen their immune system.  Is this really the case? Alternatively, were their eating habits so poor that increasing intake of any kind of water would have helped?

Hydrogen water has more hydrogen added to your water.  Water is comprised of 2 hydrogen atoms and 1 atom of oxygen.  Once those atoms combine into a water molecule, our bodies cannot use the hydrogen or oxygen separately.  Hydrogen molecules are very small and easily dissolve in water; however, they are also small enough to escape the water.  As a result, some brands are packaged in special aluminum containers or are recommended to drink their product within 30 minutes of opening it.

Hydrogen water is sold in drink pouches or aluminum cans.  You can buy dissolvable tables that can be added to your water. You can also purchase hydrogen-infusing bottles that will add more hydrogen to regular water at the push of a button.  Some brands are flavoured and some come with added electrolytes.

The idea is that these extra molecules of hydrogen can enter our body’s cells and create an antioxidant effect.  It’s this touted antioxidant effect that results in claims of enhanced exercise performance, quicker recovery from injuries, clearer skin, and few allergy symptoms.

All this sounds wonderful however, the science backing this is lacking and questionable.  Few studies supporting the benefits of hydrogen water have been performed in humans and they often contradict each other’s findings.  In the end, there are no clear conclusions that hydrogen water provides any benefits that regular water will not. On the plus side, drinking hydrogen-infused water is not linked to any serious health effects as long as the hydrogen molecules make up no more than 2.14 percent of the drink.  However, knowing this percentage can be tricky, as companies are not required to disclose it on their labels.

Hydrogen-infused water is expensive and until we know if it is going to help you, you might be best to save your money.