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The Importance of Hydrogen

It is now accepted that the aging process and virtually all disease is the result of free radical damage to the cells. So it's important to understand a little about the chemistry that makes up those cells.

Do you remember learning about Hydrogen in your high school chemistry class? It is the smallest Critical Element and is capable of passing through the cell wall.

In order for our cells to function they must communicate with each other through electrons but electrons can not move in the body without hydrogen. Cells must have oxygen but oxygen does not work without hydrogen. Cells cannot multiply or grow without hydrogen. The very fabric of our being, our DNA, is held together by Hydrogen bonds. Hydrogen is literally the fuel of life.

When we are born we have plenty of Hydrogen but as we age our Hydrogen pool becomes depleted. When this occurs, free radicals steel it from essential areas thus accelerating aging and disease. The importance of Hydrogen and electrons was discovered many years ago but has been overlooked by most modern scientists until now.

The Roll of Hydrogen Ions

Vitamins are considered micro-nutrients because the body needs them in relatively small amounts compared with other nutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and water. Of the major vitamins, some are water-soluble and some are oil-soluble. Water-soluble vitamins must be taken into the body daily as they cannot be stored and are excreted within one to four days. These include vitamin C and the B-complex vitamins. Oil-soluble vitamins can be stored in the body's fatty tissue and in the liver. These include vitamins A, D, E. and K.

The quality of vitamins in our food has become deficient to the point where we must ask ourselves if organic is better. Is it worth the price? How important is freshness? What is the difference in nutritional value between raw and cooked? Today there is a simple way to answer these questions -- by measuring the presence of healthy negative hydrogen ions with a small hand-held Redox meter.

In the case of carrots, for instance, if we grind them into a juice, and measure the oxidation/reduction potential (ORP) we find an absence of negative ions in regularly grown carrots. Freshly ground, organic carrot juice is more nutritious having a desirable negative ORP of 100-300 millivolts.

Freshness is also shown to be important. Within hours after juicing, organic carrot juice begins to lose it negative charge. Testing also shows that raw vegetables have more negative hydrogen ions than cooked vegetables. Vitamin supplements also work much better if the natural food base of the vitamin is kept in tack and organic stock is used.

Synthetic vitamins are produced with heat which destroys the natural enzymes needed to digest the vitamins. This is why most store bought vitamins go right through us. It is estimated that Americans have the most expensive urine in the world. Synthetic vitamins also lack many of the essential nutrients needed to form the whole complex. This may throw off the delicate balance our bodies desperately need to maintain.

Can Lost Negative Ions Be Replaced?

There is a way to put negative ions back into a liquid, such as the carrot juice mentioned earlier, with a product called ImmPower. This is a super-antioxidant developed using all-natural, food-grade ingredients to create a nutritional form of Hydrogen. I'll explain later how ImmPower can dramatically increase absorption when combined with a supplement.

The Truth About Free Radicals

A free radical is an unstable, toxic compound that has lost a negative electron during normal activities. It therefore carries a positive charge and is capable of attracting an electron away from a vital cellular site such as the electron-rich DNA. Loss of an electron can damage a cell and alter its ability to perform its special function or to replicate itself normally. Levels of free radicals are higher in people exposed to air or water pollution, toxic chemicals, or cigarette smoke. High levels cause us to age faster and increase our risk of cancer and many other chronic diseases. Antioxidants work by giving electrons to free radicals to neutralize them and make them harmless.

The Truth About Antioxidants

The antioxidants most people consume are Vitamin C + E, Beta-carotene, Selenium, alpha-lipoic acid and OPC's from grape seed or pine bark such as Pycnogenol, etc. These antioxidant compounds are necessary but they consist of large complex molecules that give up only one electron each and are cumbersome in moving through our systems...sort of like an elephant moving through the jungle to give off something the size of a pea.

When one molecule of Vitamin C neutralizes one free radical, it becomes positively charged. It therefore temporarily become a free radical, but a less aggressive one, until it captures an electron from another antioxidant. This continues in a cascade of electron transfers to milder and milder and less damaging compounds.

ImmPower, the antioxidant mentioned earlier, has two negative ions for each hydrogen particle. It is as powerful as the huge antioxidant molecules, yet it works much faster and much more efficiently because it moves through the system with ease, freely giving an ion.

Upon giving up its extra negative ion it does not become a free radical. It becomes stable Hydrogen, with one proton and one electron. In addition to neutralizing free radicals it is believed to work by helping the body recycle other antioxidants so they can continue to do their job. It may also improve the chemical condition of our body fluids making an environment that is difficult for pathogens to exist. All pathogens produce free radicals.



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