February 2019 Newsletter
Advancing Health & Human Potential with Molecular Hydrogen
Welcome to another edition! This edition will focus on traumatic brain injury and hydrogen's role in reducing its long-term damage.
Traumatic Brain Injury
In recent years, the dangerous, long-term repercussions of traumatic brain injury (TBI) are becoming widely recognized, especially within the sports industry. And, these repercussions can be deadly.
Even with padded helmets and newly emerging safety regulations in place, sports-related TBIs can have lasting and often deadly effects.
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is one example of the dangers of TBI. CTE is a neurodegenerative disease that follows repeated head trauma. CTE results in mood disorders and behavioral and mental health issues, sometimes resulting in suicidal thoughts or behavior. Many NFL players are affected by this disease, yet it can only be diagnosed after death. CNN states that CTE, "was found in 99% of deceased NFL players' brains that were donated to scientific research." (1)
Edema is another risky repercussion of TBI. Edema is "swelling that occurs when the brain contains more fluid than normal. When swelling happens within the brain, there is no place for the tissue to expand."(2)
Both CTE and edema can be painful and effect cognitive function for a lifetime. Each also includes high levels of inflammation and oxidative stress - the risk factors for most major diseases.
When head collisions happen, swelling and inflammation occur immediately, and then - oxidative stress sets in. This is where the real destruction begins. Studies show that, "Oxidative stress is the principal factor in traumatic brain injury (TBI) that initiates events that result in protracted neuronal dysfunction and remodeling."(3)
In many sports-related injuries, these dangers often go unnoticed allowing the damage to compound over time. However, there is hope.
Hydrogen: The Ultimate Defender
Molecular hydrogen is natural to the human body. Your body produces small amounts of hydrogen in your intestines as you digest food - the more fibrous the food, the more hydrogen you produce. However, it takes much higher concentrations of hydrogen to be an effective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Hydrogen-infused water and inhaled hydrogen are two of the most powerful way to deliver this amazing agent to the body.
Molecular hydrogen has been proven to reduce both inflammation and oxidative stress, in all areas of the body including the brain.(4) Many peer-reviewed studies have shown amazing therapeutic benefits of hydrogen in human and animal studies alike with no side effects or risk of overdose.
Concerning TBI and its perilous, long-term effects, the studies suggest hydrogen could be a game-changer for athletes impacted by repeated brain injuries. More studies need to be done; but one day, we could see hydrogen tablets and inhalers on the side lines of every sporting event where head injuries occur.
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