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WONDERS OF MOLECULAR HYDROGEN

Fred Liers PhD molecular hydrogen H2I drink hydrogen-infused water. You should, too. Why? Because the age of hydrogen is here. Molecular hydrogen, that is. We now know that molecular hydrogen has therapeutic potential for nearly every organ in the human body, as well as for 150 different human disease models! And it’s extremely safe.

MOLECULAR HYDROGEN: BACKGROUND

Molecular hydrogen, also known as “diatomic hydrogen,” is a colorless, tasteless, and odorless gas.

Elemental hydrogen (H) is the most abundant element in the universe constituting 75% of its mass. Yet, it is absent on earth in its monoatomic form, being present in water, and inorganic and organic compounds. Molecular hydrogen is found in the earth’s atmosphere at less than one part per million.

molecular hydrogen H2 water

Hydrogen-infused water is a simple means to consume molecular hydrogen.

The science regarding benefits to health of molecular hydrogen (H2) has advanced rapidly in recent years thanks to the pioneering efforts of research scientists around the globe.

Now hydrogen science is moving quickly beyond theory to practical applications. Moreover, new products exist allowing medical professionals and consumers to leverage the health benefits of hydrogen.

For decades, diatomic molecular hydrogen was generally considered an “inert” gas. That is perhaps the primary reason that molecular hydrogen has been recognized as a therapeutic molecule only recently.

Indeed, science has known about the health benefits of molecular hydrogen as early as 1798. Yet, as noted, for most of modern history the belief persisted that hydrogen was inert in the body. It was only in the late 20th century (ca. 1975) that it gained the attention of medical researchers, and only in the past 10 years has evidence for the health effects of molecular hydrogen gained critical mass in the scientific literature.

There are now more than 500 peer-reviewed articles demonstrating the therapeutic potential of hydrogen for nearly every organ in the human body, as well as in 150 different human disease models, according to the Molecular Hydrogen Foundation.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF MOLECULAR HYDROGEN (H2)

• Molecular hydrogen reduces oxidative stress as a selective antioxidant and by maintaining homeostatic levels of glutathione, superoxide dismutase, catalase,  and other free-radical scavenging nutrients.

• The antioxidant capacities of molecular hydrogen are such that it is beneficial for persistent and acute oxidative stress.

• Acute oxidative stress arises from a multitude of causes, including inflammation, cardiac or cerebral infarction, organ transplantation, heavy exercise, cessation of operative bleeding, and many other causes.

• Persistent oxidative stress relates to reactive oxygen species (ROS) generated in the body throughout life. For example, during exercise, exposure to pollutants and toxins or UV light, as well as physical and psychological stresses, and the aging process itself. As aerobic organisms, we generate ROS when breathing consumes oxygen.

• Molecular hydrogen is effective against hydroxyl radicals (OH). The hydroxyl radical is the radical species that causes much of the oxidative damage in the body. While vitamin C, glutathione, and certain plant-based antioxidants are somewhat effective against this radical, there is no Nrf2-induced enzyme that effectively quenches the hydroxl radical.

• This positions molecular hydrogen as a uniquely effective antioxidant against the hydroxyl radical. Notably, when molecular hydrogen quenches the hydroxyl radical, it produces water, which is non-toxic in the body.

• Beyond this, molecular hydrogen, like other gaseous signaling molecules such as NO, CO, H2S, appears to exhibit cell signal-modulating activity that confers it with anti-inflammatory, anti-obesity, anti-allergy, and many other benefits.

MOLECULAR HYDROGEN MEDICINE

The scientific literature discusses the use of molecular hydrogen for many clinical applications, including the following:

• METABOLIC SYNDROME including diabetes, hyperlipidemia, arteriosclerosis, hypertension, and obesity

• ISCHEMIA / REPERFUSION injuries including cerebral and myocardial infarctions, organ transplants, post-cardiac arrest

• NEUROPROTECTION including applications for dementia, Parkinson’s disease, depression, and anesthesia

• INFLAMMATION including applications for polymicrobial sepsis, rheumatoid arthritis, wound healing, and bowel diseases

• MITOCHONDRIAL DISEASES

• HEMODIALYSIS / VENTILATION

• AGING including cognitive decline

• EXERCISE including applications for fatigue, lactic acid, recovery, and oxidative stress related to heavy exercise

SIDE EFFECTS OF CANCER THERAPIES including radiotherapy and chemotherapy

• MANY OTHER BENEFITS

athlete molecular hydrogen performance race

Athletes benefit from molecular hydrogen. You can, too.

HOW MOLECULAR HYDROGEN WORKS

According to the Molecular Hydrogen Foundation, there are three ways molecular hydrogen exerts positive health effects.

1.  Molecular hydrogen easily diffuses into subcellular compartments where it scavenges cytotoxic oxygen radicals, thereby protecting DNA, RNA, and proteins against oxidative stress.

2.  Molecular hydrogen triggers activation or upregulation of additional antioxidant enzymes (e.g., glutathione, superoxide dismutase, catalase, and others) and/or cytoprotective proteins of the body.

3.  Molecular hydrogen may be a novel signaling molecule that alters cell signaling, cell metabolism, and gene expression. This may explain its apparent anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, and anti-apoptotic (or anti-cell death) effects.

MOLECULAR HYDROGEN IS SAFE

Molecular hydrogen exhibits great safety, and it is regarded as safe for use in the body. It is shown no toxicity even in high concentrations.

Safety standards are already established for high concentrations of molecular hydrogen for inhalation because high-pressure H2 gas is used in deep-water diving gas mixtures to prevent decompression sickness.

Notably, H2 gas combusts only at temperatures higher than 527 °C, and it explodes by chain reaction with oxygen (O2) only in the range of Hconcentration (4–75%, vol/vol).

Molecular hydrogen can be used for medical applications safely by several ingestion methods including inhalation of 1–4% hydrogen gas, which exhibits great effectiveness.

All these factors mean that molecular hydrogen is safe, easy-to-use, and effective for therapeutic purposes.

molecular hydrogen H2 water

Hydrogen-infused water is safe, easy-to-consume, and cost effective.

USING MOLECULAR HYDROGEN

Methods for consuming molecular hydrogen include inhalation, oral ingestion of hydrogen-infused water, injection of hydrogen saline, and direct diffusion (eye drops, baths, cosmetics, etc.).

An advantage of inhaled H2 gas is that is acts rapidly. In this respect, may be suitable for defense against acute oxidative stress.

It has been shown that inhalation of 3–4% hydrogen (H2) gas reaches a plateau at approximately 10–20 μM in the arterial and venous blood in about 20 minutes. This is shown not to affect any physiological parameters (e.g., blood pressure), suggesting no adverse effects.

According to the Molecular Hydrogen Foundation, the consensus is that drinking H2-rich water is the easiest, and often the most effective, method for obtaining molecular hydrogen although it does not provide as many hydrogen molecules to the body as other methods.

Some studies show consuming H2-infused water to be more effective than inhalation or increasing intestinal H2 production via lactulose administration.

Another advantage of drinking hydrogen infused water is that it allows gastric induction of ghrelin, which is mediated via activation of beta 1 adrenergic receptors.

Above all, drinking hydrogen-infused water is easy to do, and convenient as you can drink it at home or while traveling.

HYDROGEN-INFUSED WATER

Inhalation of molecular hydrogen gas may be impractical for continuous H2 consumption in daily life. In contrast, solubilized H2 (hydrogen-infused water) is a portable, easily administered, and safe means to ingest H2.

H2 can be dissolved in water up to 0.8 mM (1.6 mg/L) under atmospheric pressure at room temperature without changing pH.

Hwater can be made by several methods: infusing H2 gas into water under pressure, electrolyzing water to producing H2, and reacting magnesium metal or its hydride with water.

Notably, H2 penetrates glass or plastic walls of vessels in a short time, yet aluminum containers retain hydrogen gas for a long time.

Water ionizers produce hydrogen gas via electrolysis. This method produces hydrogen concentrations from less than 0.05 ppm to more than 2.5 ppm. Typically 0.1 to 0.7 ppm hydrogen is produced, yet most companies manufacturing water ionizers neither know the concentration produced nor understand the significance of hydrogen for health.

In this regard, depending upon the production method much of the water containing molecular hydrogen exhibits a negative oxygen reduction potential (ORP). Yet, ORP is only a general indication of hydrogen production and is not a measurement of its concentration.

A second method of producing hydrogen-rich water by electrolysis is by infusion. In this method, hydrogen is directly infused into filtered water within a machine.

Another convenient method to generate molecular hydrogen is to add alkali-earth metals to water. Magnesium metal in commonly used for this purpose. This method allows for the production of high concentrations of molecular hydrogen that are generally near saturation (1.6 ppm), and therefore less water needs to be consumed by individuals drinking it.

Magnesium sticks and tablets/capsules are available (some of which are placed in water and others that can be consumed directly) that rapidly produce 2–4 ppm molecular hydrogen concentration. Like electrolysis, adding metals to water also increased the pH of water because they reduce the concentration of H+ ions.

Other methods exist that can produce supersaturated concentrations of molecular hydrogen with or without alteration of water pH. Advantages of these methods include having to drink a fraction of the amount of water in order to obtain an equal amount of molecular hydrogen.

Drinking water containing molecular hydrogen is probably the easiest and most cost-effective means for most persons to obtain hydrogen.

man drinks water infused with molecular hydrogen

Hydrogen-infused water can be consumed using tablets, prepared H2 beverages, or ionized water.

MOLECULAR HYDROGEN FROM YOUR MICROBIOME

Certain types bacteria in the intestinal tract produce hydrogen gas from non-digestible fibers, which may explain how fiber-rich diets reduce inflammation, and exert cardiovascular and other health benefits.

Diets low in dietary fiber from fruits and vegetables, or a decrease in microbiome diversity could potentially reduce production of molecular hydrogen. This could exert adverse effects on health.

The presence (or absence) of a diverse and robust microbiome may be one of the most significant factors in terms of how much hydrogen can be generated in the body. Most people today do not create the levels of molecular hydrogen in their digestive tracts that humans in earlier time periods generated largely because due to modern diets and less than optimal microbiome health.

Factors that influence or reduce microbiome health and diversity include antibiotic use, imbalanced diet, lack of certain fiber-rich vegetables in the diet, and consumption of herbicides, pesticides, and GMOs (that include glyphosate) that harm microbial populations and cause “leaky gut”.

As knowledge increases regarding ways we can support a healthy microbiome, the biological significance of hydrogen historically produced in our digestive tracts will be better understood.

BENEFIT TODAY FROM MOLECULAR HYDROGEN

The clinical applications of molecular hydrogen are impressive. One of the great advantages of molecular hydrogen infused water is that  it is easy to consume it, or make it in your own home or wherever you happen to be.

HPDI now sells a tablet hydrogen product from Purative known as Active H2.

Active H2 is a unique, patent-pending combination of all-natural minerals used to generate molecular hydrogen and electron-rich potential (-ORP). This distinguishes it from existing hydrogen formulas and electrolysis (water ionizers).

Active H2 is easy to use.  Simply place one tablet of in a 1/2 liter (16 oz) container of pure water (filled to the top) and close tightly. Wait at least 5–10 minutes for it to completely disintegrate (fizz), and then drink.

A one pint glass mason jar works well as a container for this purpose. However, you can use up to one liter (about 32 ounces) of water in a container, so a quart mason jar also works well. Consume the hydrogen-infused water ideally at least 30 minutes before food.

Active H2 formula consists of a proprietary blend of pure magnesium, malic acid, fumaric acid, and maltose that synergistically act to generate molecular hydrogen and electron-rich potential (-ORP).

Active H2 is the only all-natural add-in tablet providing molecular hydrogen in the amount of greater than 1.8 ppm, That is, one tablet typically generates molecular hydrogen in the concentration of about 2 ppm.

There are other molecular hydrogen products, including tablets, sticks, and pre-infused bottled products like H2Bev. H2Bev provides about 1.2–1.5 ppm of molecular hydrogen and comes in a 12 oz coated aluminum container for excellent H2 retention.

MOLECULAR HYDROGEN SUMMARY

Molecular hydrogen sits in the unique position of providing significant, wide-ranging benefits for health with an unmatched ease-of-use, and at relatively low cost for what it delivers.

We highly recommend the use of molecular hydrogen for its health benefits and for therapeutic applications. This includes the consumption of hydrogen-infused water whether from prepared H2 beverages, water ionizers, or highly effective Active H2 tablets.

Below we include important scientific abstracts you may find helpful in understanding the benefits and applications of molecular hydrogen.

 

SCIENTIFIC STUDIES ON MOLECULAR HYDROGEN

Beneficial biological effects and the underlying mechanisms of molecular hydrogen – comprehensive review of 321 original articles

From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26483953

Abstract
Therapeutic effects of molecular hydrogen for a wide range of disease models and human diseases have been investigated since 2007. A total of 321 original articles have been published from 2007 to June 2015. Most studies have been conducted in Japan, China, and the USA. About three-quarters of the articles show the effects in mice and rats. The number of clinical trials is increasing every year. In most diseases, the effect of hydrogen has been reported with hydrogen water or hydrogen gas, which was followed by confirmation of the effect with hydrogen-rich saline. Hydrogen water is mostly given ad libitum. Hydrogen gas of less than 4% is given by inhalation. The effects have been reported in essentially all organs covering 31 disease categories that can be subdivided into 166 disease models, human diseases, treatment-associated pathologies, and pathophysiological conditions of plants with a predominance of oxidative stress-mediated diseases and inflammatory diseases. Specific extinctions of hydroxyl radical and peroxynitrite were initially presented, but the radical-scavenging effect of hydrogen cannot be held solely accountable for its drastic effects. We and others have shown that the effects can be mediated by modulating activities and expressions of various molecules such as Lyn, ERK, p38, JNK, ASK1, Akt, GTP-Rac1, iNOS, Nox1, NF-κB p65, IκBα, STAT3, NFATc1, c-Fos, and ghrelin. Master regulator(s) that drive these modifications, however, remain to be elucidated and are currently being extensively investigated.

Molecular hydrogen as a preventive and therapeutic medical gas: initiation, development and potential of hydrogen medicine

From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24769081

Abstract
Molecular hydrogen (H2) has been accepted to be an inert and nonfunctional molecule in our body. We have turned this concept by demonstrating that H2 reacts with strong oxidants such as hydroxyl radical in cells, and proposed its potential for preventive and therapeutic applications. 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. There are several methods to ingest or consume H2; inhaling H2 gas, drinking H2-dissolved water (H2-water), injecting H2-dissolved saline (H2-saline), taking an H2 bath, or dropping H2-saline into the eyes. The numerous publications on its biological and medical benefits revealed that H2 reduces oxidative stress not only by direct reactions with strong oxidants, but also indirectly by regulating various gene expressions. Moreover, by regulating the gene expressions, H2 functions as an anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic, and stimulates energy metabolism. In addition to growing evidence obtained by model animal experiments, extensive clinical examinations were performed or are under investigation. Since most drugs specifically act to their targets, H2 seems to differ from conventional pharmaceutical drugs. Owing to its great efficacy and lack of adverse effects, H2 has promising potential for clinical use against many diseases.

Molecular hydrogen in drinking water protects against neurodegenerative changes induced by traumatic brain injury.

From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25251220

Abstract
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) in its various forms has emerged as a major problem for modern society. Acute TBI can transform into a chronic condition and be a risk factor for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, probably through induction of oxidative stress and neuroinflammation. Here, we examined the ability of the antioxidant molecular hydrogen given in drinking water (molecular hydrogen water; mHW) to alter the acute changes induced by controlled cortical impact (CCI), a commonly used experimental model of TBI. We found that mHW reversed CCI-induced edema by about half, completely blocked pathological tau expression, accentuated an early increase seen in several cytokines but attenuated that increase by day 7, reversed changes seen in the protein levels of aquaporin-4, HIF-1, MMP-2, and MMP-9, but not for amyloid beta peptide 1-40 or 1-42. Treatment with mHW also reversed the increase seen 4 h after CCI in gene expression related to oxidation/carbohydrate metabolism, cytokine release, leukocyte or cell migration, cytokine transport, ATP and nucleotide binding. Finally, we found that mHW preserved or increased ATP levels and propose a new mechanism for mHW, that of ATP production through the Jagendorf reaction. These results show that molecular hydrogen given in drinking water reverses many of the sequelae of CCI and suggests that it could be an easily administered, highly effective treatment for TBI.

The evolution of molecular hydrogen: a noteworthy potential therapy with clinical significance

From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23680032

Abstract
Studies on molecular hydrogen have evolved tremendously from its humble beginnings and have continued to change throughout the years. Hydrogen is extremely unique since it has the capability to act at the cellular level. Hydrogen is qualified to cross the blood brain barrier, to enter the mitochondria, and even has the ability to translocate to the nucleus under certain conditions. Once in these ideal locations of the cell, previous studies have shown that hydrogen exerts antioxidant, anti-apoptotic, anti-inflammatory, and cytoprotective properties that are beneficial to the cell. Hydrogen is most commonly applied as a gas, water, saline, and can be applied in a variety of other mediums. There are also few side effects involving hydrogen, thus making hydrogen a perfect medical gas candidate for the convention of novel therapeutic strategies against cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, cancer, metabolic, and respiratory diseases and disorders. Although hydrogen appears to be faultless at times, there still are several deficiencies or snares that need to be investigated by future studies. This review article seeks to delve and comprehensively analyze the research and experiments that alludes to molecular hydrogen being a novel therapeutic treatment that medicine desperately needs.

Molecular hydrogen as an emerging therapeutic medical gas for neurodegenerative and other diseases

From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3377272/

Abstract
Effects of molecular hydrogen on various diseases have been documented for 63 disease models and human diseases in the past four and a half years. Most studies have been performed on rodents including two models of Parkinson’s disease and three models of Alzheimer’s disease. Prominent effects are observed especially in oxidative stress-mediated diseases including neonatal cerebral hypoxia; Parkinson’s disease; ischemia/reperfusion of spinal cord, heart, lung, liver, kidney, and intestine; transplantation of lung, heart, kidney, and intestine. Six human diseases have been studied to date: diabetes mellitus type 2, metabolic syndrome, hemodialysis, inflammatory and mitochondrial myopathies, brain stem infarction, and radiation-induced adverse effects. Two enigmas, however, remain to be solved. First, no dose-response effect is observed. Rodents and humans are able to take a small amount of hydrogen by drinking hydrogen-rich water, but marked effects are observed. Second, intestinal bacteria in humans and rodents produce a large amount of hydrogen, but an addition of a small amount of hydrogen exhibits marked effects. Further studies are required to elucidate molecular bases of prominent hydrogen effects and to determine the optimal frequency, amount, and method of hydrogen administration for each human disease.

Molecular hydrogen is a novel antioxidant to efficiently reduce oxidative stress with potential for the improvement of mitochondrial diseases

From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21621588

Abstract

BACKGROUND:
Mitochondria are the major source of oxidative stress. Acute oxidative stress causes serious damage to tissues, and persistent oxidative stress is one of the causes of many common diseases, cancer and the aging process; however, there has been little success in developing an effective antioxidant with no side effect. We have reported that molecular hydrogen has potential as an effective antioxidant for medical applications [Ohsawa et al., Nat. Med. 13 (2007) 688-694].

SCOPE OF REVIEW:
We review the recent progress toward therapeutic and preventive applications of hydrogen. Since we published the first paper in Nature Medicine, effects of hydrogen have been reported in more than 38 diseases, physiological states and clinical tests in leading biological/medical journals. Based on this cumulative knowledge, the beneficial biological effects of hydrogen have been confirmed. There are several ways to intake or consume hydrogen, including inhaling hydrogen gas, drinking hydrogen-dissolved water, taking a hydrogen bath, injecting hydrogen-dissolved saline, dropping hydrogen-dissolved saline into the eyes, and increasing the production of intestinal hydrogen by bacteria. Hydrogen has many advantages for therapeutic and preventive applications, and shows not only anti-oxidative stress effects, but also has various anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic effects. Preliminary clinical trials show that drinking hydrogen-dissolved water seems to improve the pathology of mitochondrial disorders.

MAJOR CONCLUSIONS:
Hydrogen has biological benefits toward preventive and therapeutic applications; however, the molecular mechanisms underlying the marked effects of small amounts of hydrogen remain elusive.

GENERAL SIGNIFICANCE:
Hydrogen is a novel antioxidant with great potential for actual medical applications. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled Biochemistry of Mitochondria.

Recent progress toward hydrogen medicine: potential of molecular hydrogen for preventive and therapeutic applications

From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21736547

Abstract
Persistent oxidative stress is one of the major causes of most lifestyle-related diseases, cancer and the aging process. Acute oxidative stress directly causes serious damage to tissues. Despite the clinical importance of oxidative damage, antioxidants have been of limited therapeutic success. We have proposed that molecular hydrogen (H(2)) has potential as a “novel” antioxidant in preventive and therapeutic applications [Ohsawa et al., Nat Med. 2007: 13; 688-94]. H(2) has a number of advantages as a potential antioxidant: H(2) rapidly diffuses into tissues and cells, and it is mild enough neither to disturb metabolic redox reactions nor to affect reactive oxygen species (ROS) that function in cell signaling, thereby, there should be little adverse effects of consuming H(2). There are several methods to ingest or consume H(2), including inhaling hydrogen gas, drinking H(2)-dissolved water (hydrogen water), taking a hydrogen bath, injecting H(2)- dissolved saline (hydrogen saline), dropping hydrogen saline onto the eye, and increasing the production of intestinal H(2) by bacteria. Since the publication of the first H(2) paper in Nature Medicine in 2007, the biological effects of H(2) have been confirmed by the publication of more than 38 diseases, physiological states and clinical tests in leading biological/medical journals, and several groups have started clinical examinations. Moreover, H(2) shows not only effects against oxidative stress, but also various anti-inflammatory and antiallergic effects. H(2) regulates various gene expressions and protein-phosphorylations, though the molecular mechanisms underlying the marked effects of very small amounts of H(2) remain elusive.

Hydrogen acts as a therapeutic antioxidant by selectively reducing cytotoxic oxygen radicals

From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17486089

Abstract
Acute oxidative stress induced by ischemia-reperfusion or inflammation causes serious damage to tissues, and persistent oxidative stress is accepted as one of the causes of many common diseases including cancer. We show here that hydrogen (H(2)) has potential as an antioxidant in preventive and therapeutic applications. We induced acute oxidative stress in cultured cells by three independent methods. H(2) selectively reduced the hydroxyl radical, the most cytotoxic of reactive oxygen species (ROS), and effectively protected cells; however, H(2) did not react with other ROS, which possess physiological roles. We used an acute rat model in which oxidative stress damage was induced in the brain by focal ischemia and reperfusion. The inhalation of H(2) gas markedly suppressed brain injury by buffering the effects of oxidative stress. Thus H(2) can be used as an effective antioxidant therapy; owing to its ability to rapidly diffuse across membranes, it can reach and react with cytotoxic ROS and thus protect against oxidative damage.

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MOLECULAR HYDROGEN (H2) AT FOREFRONT OF HEALTH RESEARCH
by Hank Liers, PhD (from the HPDI blog)

ACTIVE H2 (tablet product)

Molecular Hydrogen Foundation (MHF)

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Diabetes and Blood Sugar Control: Supplement & Activity Program

Fred Liers PhD blood sugar support diabetes supplement activity programThe emergence of diabetes in epidemic proportions has become one of the most weightiest (pun intended) health issues today. The need for effective, natural measures supporting blood sugar stabilization has never been greater.

As millions of people around the globe adopt western-type diets and sedentary lifestyles, obesity rates skyrocket—as do health care costs associated with diabetes. Indeed, it often appears as though the rise of diabetes, pre-diabetes, and blood sugar related conditions are destined to continue their relentless rise.

But it doesn’t need to be this way. In fact, public awareness about the risks of diabetes has been rising fast. People realize processed foods, sodas, and foods hyper sweetened with sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, and other anti-nutrients (including artificial sweeteners) are never healthy choices. That exercise is not a luxury, but a necessity.

Also, there is increased awareness among health care professionals and the general public regarding the role played by other factors, such as chemical toxins (e.g., plastics, pthalates, bisphenol-A, heavy metals, etc.) (some of which are hormone/endocrine disruptors) in the etiology and progression of diabetes and health conditions related to blood sugar control.

SOLUTIONS FOR DIABETES AND BLOOD SUGAR CONTROL

The problem may be complex, but many of the solutions are surprisingly simple (even if not ‘easy’ given all the variables from an entrenched corporate food system that encourages consumption to lack of education about healthy living).

These solutions include changes made to diet and lifestyle. They include consuming little or no sugar and refined foods (e.g., processed flour and simple carbohydrates), and fewer empty calories (e.g, sodas sweetened with high fructose corn syrup) of all kinds. Making healthier choices like complex carbohydrates (e.g., vegetables), more raw foods, lean proteins, healthy fats, and only use no (or low) glycemic sweeteners (like stevia or erythritol). Aim to consume an organic, whole foods diet as much as possible.

Daily or near daily exercise that can include walking, hiking, biking, swimming. And meditation and other stress-reducing and bliss-inducing activities like yoga, tai chi, qi-gong, deep breathing exercises, and time spent in nature.

These few practices (above) by themselves effectively support positive blood sugar changes, help reduce body weight, and lower adverse stress chemicals in the bloodstream. Not only can they help head off progression to full blown diabetes, but also put your health on a trajectory toward optimal wellness and deep-rooted well being.

Moreover, these practices can increase the body’s resistance to adverse blood sugar changes and buffer it in times of stress, so that reasonable health can be assured even in a less than perfect world where ideal dietary choices sometimes are not readily available, and/or when environmental exposures cannot easily be avoided.

We specialize in offering nutritional products that support optimal health, including a highly effective Blood Sugar Support formula (formerly Diabetes Support Formula). I will go a bit more into depth about nutritional supplementation for diabetes blood sugar stabilization, then go into further detail regarding diet and other helpful elements.

NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS FOR BLOOD SUGAR STABILIZATION

HPDI advises all individuals (diabetic or not) to take four basic foundational supplements for health: 1) High-potency multivitamin (like Hank & Brian’s Mighty Multi-Vite!™), 2) Antioxidant / Vitamin C formula (like Ultimate Protector™ or PRO-C™), 3) Essential Fats (like Essential Fats Plus E), and 4) Rejuvenate!™ high-RNA superfoods, such as Rejuvenate!™ Berries & Herbs.

The four foundational formulas help establish a base of nutrients that support a state of good health. General good health is important both to help the body deal with existing blood sugar control problems (including diabetes), and  to help avert further deterioration of the body’s capacity to control blood sugar.

The most important condition specific formulas are Blood Sugar Support (formerly Diabetes Support Formula), pH ADJUST, Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), and Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula. The Blood Sugar Support formula provides support for blood sugar control by very effectively providing nutrients the body can use to stabilize its blood sugar. In fact, many users report their symptoms disappear or are greatly reduced. Read more about Blood Sugar Support formula here.

The Diabetes & Blood Sugar Control Supplement Schedule (below) provides an excellent starting point. The information that follows the Supplement Schedule provides additional, important suggestions that may be helpful. These suggestions do not necessarily represent a comprehensive program for regaining your health. Taken together, however, the Schedule and recommendations are intended to offer measures for supporting blood sugar control, naturally and effectively.

DIABETES & BLOOD SUGAR CONTROL SUPPLEMENT SCHEDULE

Description AM Noon PM Bed Notes
PRO-C™ or Ultimate Protector 3 caps 3 caps 3 caps Take with food.
Mighty Multi-Vite! capsules or
Multi Two tablets
2 caps
1 tab
2 caps
1 tab
Take with food. This multi formula is designed to provide most of the nutritional supplementation needed by the body.
Essential Fats plus E 2 softgels 2 softgels Take with food. These formulas provide essential omega-3 & omega-6 fatty acids.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) 2 softgels 2 softgels 2 softgels Take with food.
Rejuvenate! PLUS or
Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs
1 scoop
1 scoop
1 scoop
1 scoop
Take as a meal replacement. These are complete, low carbohydrate, and extremely nutritious superfoods.
Blood Sugar Support 2 caps 1 cap 2 caps Take with food.
Myo-Mag 1 cap 1 cap 1 cap Take with food. Contains magnesium and malic acid for improved energy and muscle function.
Nascent Iodine 2% 10–20 drops Take in a little water on an empty stomach.

Important enhancement formulas include Myo-Mag (magnesium), pH ADJUSTNascent IodineVitamin D3 (5,000 IU), Acetyl-L-Carnitine (500–1500 mg daily between meals), Double Zinc Plus (1–2 tablets daily), Selenium (200 mcg daily as l-selenomethionine), RESTORE (for gut health), Adreno Plus™ glandular (1–3 caps daily with food), Inositol hexanicotinate (600–1800 mg daily), progesterone cream for women (1/4–1/2 tsp twice a day), and Magnesium Oil (sprayed onto skin) or use the oil (or magnesium flakes) in a bath with baking soda (one cup or more).

Note: Zinc and chromium are both known to help reduce blood sugar. However, when taken together their combined effects exceed their effects when taken separately. Blood Sugar Support formula provides therapeutic levels of chromium and some zinc. Taking additional supplemental zinc daily (e.g., 1–2 capsules of Double Zinc Plus) will boost zinc intake into the therapeutic range, and thereby more effectively support blood sugar control efforts via improved nutrition.

DIETARY APPROACHES FOR DIABETES

The most important dietary recommendation for diabetics or anyone attempting to stabilize their blood sugar is to stop (or dramatically reduce) consuming sugars and all refined or simple carbohydrates. That is, the less you consume of foods containing sugar (or that break down quickly into sugars), the better. Refined or simple carbohydrates include white breads, pasta, white rice, and white potatoes.

We also suggest consuming smaller, more frequent meals and snacks. This strategy can keep blood sugar on a more even keel, and avoids precipitous drops in blood sugar levels. Keeping a good balance of complex carbohydrates (vegetables, nuts, and seeds) and high quality proteins can be important (see more below).

LIMIT GRAINS

Beyond foods containing sugar, many nutritionists advise diabetics not to consume any grains for at least three to six months. Not only will this help reduce blood sugar, but it may also contribute to less inflammation in the body, as well as weight loss, which in the case of many diabetics is a necessity for improved health.

After three to six months, depending on the blood sugar control status of the individual, whole grains may be reintroduced in small quantities. Whole grains may include organic brown rice, organic buckwheat, organic millet, and possibly organic sprouted breads (e.g., Ezekiel or Essene breads). Whole grains are complex carbohydrates, and they require metabolic activity for digestion. Unlike simple carbohydrates, they do not rapidly break down into sugars and overwhelm the bloodstream with them.

We also encourage you to know their blood type and to familiarize yourself with the foods that are beneficial, detrimental, or neutral for your blood type (see Eat Right for Your Type and other books by Peter D’Adamo). For example, it is well known that blood type O exhibits greater incidence of problems related to digesting grains. However, no blood type is immune from blood sugar problems related to consuming refined, overly processed grains.

INCREASE VEGETABLES

We recommend an alkaline-forming diet that maintains a urine pH between 6.5 and 7.0 (for recommendations see chart “Effect of Foods on Body Chemistry” or the table below). An acidic body is far more susceptible to degenerative diseases. Also, when the body remains acidic over a prolonged period, it must rob minerals from bones in order maintain its pH balance. An alkaline body can therefore more easily maintain stronger bones and structural integrity.

The best way to ensure your diet remains alkaline forming (and hence your body stays alkaline) is to consume lots of vegetables and fruits. Emphasize leafy green vegetables, which promote alkalinity most effectively. However, most vegetables (with a few exceptions) help keep you alkaline. Ultimately, a balanced whole-foods diet that includes high intake of vegetables, vegetable juices, and nuts will very effectively keep you alkaline.

Vegetables provide complex carbohydrates, which contain more fiber and take longer for the body to digest. They also provide far more nutrients (including vitamins, minerals) than simple carbohydrates. Thus, complex carbohydrates do not subject the body to such extreme blood sugar swings compared to simple carbohydrates. Plus the greater nutritional value offers nutrients that support the body’s blood sugar response.

Consuming soups is a tasty, healthy way to increase your vegetable intake and to dramatically alkalinize your body. Try eating “Hank’s Vegetable Soup” several times a week. Modify this recipe, as you wish.

Try to consume at least some vegetables raw. In fact, aim for 50–60% raw, if possible. Raw foods provide enzymes that help break down foods. Try consuming a nearly total raw foods diet for a week or two, and see how you feel. Many people find that the benefits are so great that they increase their raw foods to 80% or more.

DRINK FRESH VEGETABLE JUICES WITH SUPERFOODS

Another great way to stay alkaline is to drink vegetable juices daily. Preferably, you can make juices yourself with a juicer (or visit a juice bar). Start making juice with carrots, apples, beets (including greens), celery, cucumber, and leafy greens (spinach, parsley, cilantro).

Then, consider adding spicier ingredients like ginger, lemon, garlic, and even hot peppers. The main point is to make juicing a regular part of your life and to make juices you enjoy. (My favorite juice recipe is ‘The Doctor.’)

Drink at least 12–16 ounces of juice daily (or as often as possible). Then ideally work your way up to one to two quarts (32–64 ounces) per day. This is the level at which the greatest benefits of juicing will be realized. In fact, I will go so far as to say that drinking two quarts of organic juice per day is one of the very best things you can do to speed progress in supporting the effectiveness of the body’s blood sugar control mechanisms.

Adding chlorella, spirulina, and/or Rejuvenate!™ superfoods directly into your fresh juices boosts their nutritional value, and brings the unique healing power of dietary nucleic acids into your body.

Dietary nucleic acids (RNA, DNA, nucleotides, and nucleosides) are known to help with blood sugar control, diabetes, and stimulate healing in the body. Over time, nucleic acids help the body to rebuild itself, provide greater energy (as ATP) for biological processes, improve cellular communications, boost oxygenation, support tissue repair, and normalize overall body function.

Juicers come in many styles and sizes. There are good juicers of all types. Check out centrifugal juicers (e.g., Breville), masticator juicers (e.g., Champion), twin gear (e.g., Green Star), and single augur juicers (e.g., Hurom). You often get what you pay for with juicers. I favor certain juicers like the Green Star, which costs more, but offers far greater durability and includes a 12-year warranty.

Supplementing with pH ADJUST can be extremely effective. We suggest you use pH paper to measure your morning urine pH (before eating any foods). If your urine pH is less than 7.2-7.6, start with ~1/4 tsp in 6-8 oz of purified water. Gradually increase your dosage until your morning urine pH is in the 7.2-7.6 range and maintain that amount or continue to measure your pH and adjust your dosage accordingly.

A NOTE ON FRUIT

Fruits also are alkaline forming and offer dietary fiber and other nutrients. However, diabetics (and others concerned about blood sugar) must watch total sugar intake. So, emphasize intake of low glycemic fruits (e.g., berries) (see Carbohydrates in Fruits and Vegetables chart), and keep intake of sugary fruits (and fruit juices) low, especially at the beginning of any program to control blood sugar. As the body’s blood sugar responses normalize, it may be appropriate to include more fruits in the diet.

Be sure not only to emphasize fruits low on the glycemic index, but also fresh fruits and fresh fruit juices. That is, fresh organic fruits, fruit juices, and fruit smoothies that you make yourself are much healthier than processed fruit or fruit juice products you find in a grocery store. Frozen organic berries are one exception. In addition to to a juicer, a blender is a must-have tool for creating fresh, healthy concoctions (such as smoothies) in your kitchen.

FIBER FOR DIABETES AND BLOOD SUGAR CONTROL

The importance of dietary fiber to blood sugar stabliization cannot be overestimated. As previously stated, vegetables provide good amounts fiber. Whole grains and fruits also provide fiber, but depending on your status on a blood sugar stabilization program, you may not yet be consuming too many grains or fruits.

Nuts and seeds (e.g., sunflower, almond, chia, walnuts, and sesame) in small amounts (1–2 ounces) are good options for more fiber, as well as providing high quality proteins, minerals, vitamins, and other important nutrients. If you are already consuming smaller, but more frequent meals, you will find that nuts and seeds fit well into this strategy. They are portable, mixable, and store well.

Beans are an excellent source of fiber and complex carbohydrates. Notably, beans naturally contain high amounts of dietary nucleic acids (RNA, DNA) that are known to help the body deal with blood sugar issues. if you have trouble digesting beans, then consume only in moderation, then gradually increase as the body adjusts to them.

We also recommend a dietary fiber supplement. Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula not only provides significant amounts of dietary fiber, but also nutrients that support intestinal health. This formula is designed to cleanse the entire intestinal tract;  to sweep it free of blockages, impactions, and pockets, as well as to support natural bowel movement.

When taken before or around meal times, Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula helps slow the release of sugars into the bloodstream. In addition, using the formula regularly prepares the intestinal tract to support healthy populations of gut bacteria (probiotics).

After periodic intestinal cleansing using a natural fiber supplement like Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula, it is a good idea to take a high-quality probiotic supplement (that includes prebiotics), such as Prescript-Assist™.

Prescript-Assist™ is a unique probiotic / prebiotic formula providing 29 viable soil-based organisms (SBOs) that offers far greater benefits for total health than typical lactic acid-based probiotic formulas. This is because soil-based organisms can easily survive in the entire gastrointestinal tract, whereas lactic-acid bacteria have greater difficulty surviving, especially in the lower GI tract.

RESTORE is unlike any supplement on the market. Made in the USA, RESTORE is a soil-derived, scientifically backed mineral supplement that creates a firewall against toxins entering the gut wall. RESTORE helps create a biological environment for “good” gut bacteria to grow and flourish in order to support improvement of overall health.

A ROLE FOR PROTEIN

We recommend for blood sugar issues consuming a diet relatively high in protein. Lean proteins can help stabilize blood sugar. For non-vegetarians, proteins can include lean meats, including organic beef, organic turkey and other poultry, or wild-caught fish (e.g., salmon). Portion sizes do not have to be especially large, and it may be more effective to serve smaller portions more frequently. For vegetarians or vegans, there are many options for protein, including leafy greens, nuts and seeds, and organic soy (in small quantities).

ITEMS TO AVOID

Beyond sugars and refined (or processed) foods, some other items to avoid (or reduce) while on a program to stabilize blood sugar include alcohol, tobacco, coffee, fried foods, and foods containing artificial preservatives, flavors, colors, and sweeteners (e.g., aspartame and sucralose). Acceptable sweeteners include stevia and polyols (e.g., xylitol or erythritol).

Avoid or reduce consumption of dairy products (although some raw dairy products may be okay for some people). Drink purified or spring water, thereby avoiding toxic chlorine and fluoride, which both adversely affect metabolism and the thyroid gland (among their many adverse effects).

Avoid whenever possible consuming foods or drinks from plastic containers, or from metal cans sealed using bisphenol-A. Instead, store and serve foods using glass, metal (e.g., stainless steel), or ceramic containers. Intake of plastics into the body has been implicated in blood sugar control problems, including the development of diabetes. In addition, avoidance of plastics helps reduce intake of xenoestrogens, which are endocrine disruptors, and harmful to health.

As noted above, we recommend Nascent Iodine to support metabolism and the thyroid gland. Proper thyroid function is critical to the body’s metabolism, energy (ATP) production, digestion, and many other functions.

Nascent iodine supports optimal metabolism, as well as processes of energy production and detoxification in the body. The vast majority of American are deficient in iodine. Thyroid issues often accompany problems with blood sugar control and diabetes. Iodine is an important mineral the sufficiency of which is important for everyone in order to maintain proper metabolic health.

EXERCISE AND DIABETES

Exercise is important for all aspects of health, including metabolism. While exercise is important for all individuals, it may be especially important for individuals with diabetes blood sugar control problems. This partly relates to the fact that obesity is considered a primary risk factor for Type 2 Diabetes. While not all diabetics are overweight or obese, many of them certainly exhibit these characteristics.

Because being overweight or obese is associated with blood sugar problems, anyone who is overweight or obese should exercise regularly. This does not mean to exercise beyond one’s limits. Start slowly and then increase duration and intensity according to increased capacities for exercise.

Ideally, you should exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes three times per week. Walking, hiking, jogging, or swimming are ideal because they emphasize cardiovascular health. However, even yoga or tai chi can be practiced at a level that burns fats, increases muscle, and elevates heart and breathing rates.

RELAXATION, MEDITATION, AND MINDFULNESS

Practicing meditation and/or utilizing relaxation techniques (e.g., biofeedback) supports the body to balance emotional states, reduce stress (and the ‘fight or flight’ systems that taxes the adrenal glands). Meditation, or time taken in nature, deep breathing, mindfulness, and quiet peaceful time (alone or with others) can rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit. It also gives the body a chance to slow down, rest, and heal.

Regular meditative or relaxation practices protect the body and mind from excessive external pressures, and create an internal milieu more conducive to normal biological function. Thus, such practices keep us more youthful, more attuned, and better able to respond appropriately to whatever life requires of us. From the perspective of blood sugar control, deeper states of relaxation in the body can translate into less blood sugar instability, partly due to improved stress response.

We also recommend regular massage and bodywork in our Master Rejuvenation Program. The benefits are many and include muscle relaxation, improved blood (and lymph fluid) circulation, structural alignment, and detoxification. For diabetics or individuals with blood sugar control, relaxation and improved circulation are especially important.

OTHER RECOMMENDED PRACTICES

There are several other practices we highly recommend to support optimal health for individuals dealing with blood sugar control problems and/or diabetes. One of these is doing a periodic (e.g., once per season) juice cleanse that includes a kidney cleanse.

I will discuss how to do a complete kidney cleanse in a forthcoming article. A kidney cleanse involves 3–5 days (minimum) of drinking fresh vegetable juices with superfoods.

In the morning, before juicing, you make a drink using the juice of two lemons or limes, preferably fresh. Mix the lemon (or lime) juice into 16–32 ounces of water, add some maple syrup to taste (optional), and a pinch of cayenne (optional). Fifteen to twenty minutes later, drink two cups of hot (or warm) kidney tea (see resources list below).

Within an hour of drinking the lemonade (or limeade) and hot tea, prepare a drink that includes fresh vegetable juice (8–16 ounces) plus chlorella or Rejuvenate! superfood(s) (1–4 tablespoons). The original Rejuvenate!™ (greens) is the best one for this purpose, but you can use any of them.

The remainder of the day you consume additional amounts of fresh vegetable juices optionally mixed with supefoods. Here is a recipe for my favorite vegetable juice recipe (‘The Doctor’) that may inspire you to make your own vegetable juices customized to your taste and palate.

Ideally for at least three days, you’ll just drink lemonade and vegetable juices plus super foods. However, if you decide to eat, then just make sure that everything you eat is raw, organic, and fresh (e.g., not cooked or pasteurized). For example, consume salads, vegetables, or other raw foods away from the times you consume your lemon drink or vegetable juices.

Continue drinking lemonade (or limeade) for at least three to five days. Seven days is better. After completing the kidney cleanse, you can continue eating raw for a day or two to ease the transition back to regular foods. Another option is moving onto a liver cleanse, which I will discuss in depth in a forthcoming article.

A further option is moving from a kidney cleanse onto the lemonade diet (in any season), in which you consume lemonade (or limeade) as your primary source of nourishment for up to two weeks. You can optionally include vegetable juices while on the lemonade diet.

If you add vegetable juices and/or superfoods to your lemonade diet, then you can go longer, up to perhaps four weeks or longer depending on the quantity of additional nutrients you consume, and how you feel while consuming lemonade, vegetable juice, and superfoods. You can expect some lulls in energy, but overall you may feel more energized and you will certainly be highly alkaline.

CONCLUSION: PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD

Attaining blood sugar control may seem a daunting task, especially at times when progress seems slow. However, remember that it is primarily unhealthy eating and lifestyle patterns that create problems with blood sugar. There is no time like the present to start making positive changes that can support your body’s natural capacity to control its blood sugar.

Changing habits and choosing a healthy diet that excludes simple sugars and reduces carbohydrates takes time. Yet, making such changes offers virtually foolproof means at least to improve blood sugar control, if not firmly establish a program that leads to dealing with the problem effectively over the long run, and perhaps solving it once and for all.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Summer Lemonade Diet: Refreshes, Hydrates & Cleanses Kidneys – by Dr. Fred Liers

“Fred’s Favorite Juice: ‘The Doctor'” – by Dr. Fred Liers

REJUVENATION PROGRAM PART 3
(Health building nutrition and the role of dietary nucleic acids)

Carbohydrates in Fruits and Vegetables Chart
(% of carbohydrates in foods; reliable indicator of sugars released in digestion)

American Botanical Pharmacy
(source for kidney and liver cleansing herbs & kits)

“Zinc / Chromium Supplements Help Type 2 Diabetes” – by David Liu, PhD

ACID AND ALKALINE FORMING FOODS TABLES

ALKALINE FORMING FOODS

VEGETABLES FRUITS BEVERAGES
Alfalfa Sprouts Apple Cocoa
Asparagus Apricot Coffee
Avocado Banana Cola
Bean Sprouts Blackberry Fruit Juices
Beet Cantaloupe Milk
Broccoli Cherry Mineral Water
Brussel Sprouts Currant Natural Sake
Cabbage Date Natural Wine
Carrot Fig Soda Water
Cauliflower Gooseberry Well Water
Celery Grape/Raisin
Chard Grapefruit TEAS
Collard Greens Honeydew Dandelion Tea
Cucumber Lemon Ginseng
Eggplant Lime Kuzu Tea
Kale Loganberry Mu Tea
Kohlrabi Nectarine Tea (dyed)
Lettuce Orange
Mushroom Peach SWEETENERS
Mustard Green Pear Honey, raw
Okra Persimmon Molasses
Olive Pineapple
Onion Raspberry SPICES & SEASONINGS
Parsnip Rhubarb Cinnamon
Pea Strawberry Curry
Pepper Tangerine Ginger
Potato Tropical Fruits Mustard
Pumpkin Watermelon Pepper
Rutabaga Salt
Salsify NUTS & SEEDS Miso
Spinach Almond Soy Sauce
Squash Chestnut
Sweet Potato Chia ASIAN VEGETABLES
Taro Coconut Burdock
Tomato Flax Daikon
Turnip Pumpkin Dandelion Root
Watercress Sesame Hijiki
Squash Seed Kombu
GRAIN Sunflower Lotus Root
Millet Nori
Umeboshi
Wakame

 

ACID FORMING FOODS

FATS & OILS NUTS & BUTTER DRUGS & CHEMICALS
Avocado Oil Cashew Chemicals (Most)
Canola Oil Filbert Drugs, Medicinal
Corn Oil Brazil Nut Drugs, Psychedelicc
Cottonseed Oil Peanuts
Grape Seed Oil Peanut Butter SWEETS & SWEETENERS
Lard Pecan Candy
Olive Oil Tahini Honey
Safflower Oil Walnut Maple Syrup
Sesame Oil Saccharin
Sunflower Oil ANIMAL PROTEIN Soft Drinks
Beef Sugar
FRUITS Carp
Cranberry Chicken ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
Plum Clam Beer
Prune Duck Sake
Eel Vodka
GRAINS Egg Whiskey
Amaranth Fish Wine (some)
Barley White Meat
Buckwheat Lamb BEANS & LEGUMES
Corn Lobster Black Bean
Oats Mussel Chickpea
Quinoa Oyster Green Pea
Rice Pork Kidney Bean
Rye Rabbit Lentil
Teff Salmon Pinto Bean
Triticale Shrimp Red Bean
Wheat Tuna Soybean
Turkey Soy Milk
DAIRY PRODUCTS Venison Tofu
Casein White Bean
Cheese, Cow PASTA
Cheese, Goat Macaroni
Cheese Spaghetti OTHER
Processed Cheese Vinegar
Sheep Yogurt