Molecular hydrogen is used for more than 40 years in experimental and clinical medicine, and the last decade was accompanied by remarkable discoveries regarding the beneficial effects of this simple molecule.
It has been discovered that the molecular hydrogen has multiple functions in the human body, including antiinflammatory, anti- allergic, anti-oxidant, buffering and
The beneficial effects of the hydrogen have been confirmed in more than 70 experimental disease models and 13 clinical studies, particularly for diseases that are
accompanied by severe oxidative stress, such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, cerebral infarction, rheumatoid arthritis, or neurodegenerative disease.
It seems that molecular hydrogen has the ability to selectively neutralize toxic molecules (free radicals) at the location of injury or damage, a low molecular mass
enables rapid and deep penetration of hydrogen into otherwise inaccessible areas of tissue and cell organelles of affected tissue.
There are several ways of application of molecular hydrogen – inhale of the hydrogen gas, oral intake (water enriched with hydrogen), intravenous or intraperitonelan
injection of hydrogen or direct application in form of eye drops, bath solutions or gel formulations for topical use.
Molecular hydrogen has an advantage in terms of toxicity – it is not cytotoxic even at high concentrations.
The effects of molecular hydrogen in the last few years has been actively investigated in the fields of medicine dealing with the system of the movement - of orthopedics and sports medicine to rheumatology, and physical medicine.
It seems that molecular hydrogen can affect the reduction of so-called secondary injury that occurs as a result of high oxidative stress in diseases and acute injuries of the locomotor system.