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The Benefits of Molecular Hydrogen in Sports and Athletics

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  • Molecular hydrogen can benefit athletic performance, as it rapidly reaches subcellular compartments via passive diffusion and protect DNA, RNA, proteins, cell membranes and mitochondria from damage
  • It also selectively decreases only the most cytotoxic radicals without eliminating beneficial signaling, and maintains redox homeostasis
  • Molecular hydrogen activates the Nrf2 pathway with subsequent upregulation of endogenous antioxidants, and decreases excessive levels of pro-inflammatory mediators such as cytokines
  • In some cases, molecular hydrogen increases oxidant production, potentially providing hormetic benefits similar to those due to exercise
  • Hydrogen also maintains mitochondrial membrane potential, increases ATP production and has other benefits — all of which can provide cytoprotective benefits for elite and nonelite athletes

By Tyler W. LeBaron, Ismail Laher, Branislav Kura, and Jan Slezak

The following text is from a peer-reviewed scientific publication in the Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology.

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