What is Deuterium?
Deuterium is one of three forms (or isotopes) of hydrogen – the others being protium and tritium.
The nucleus (core) of a deuterium atom has one proton and one neutron which doubles the mass of the hydrogen atom, making it twice as heavy. For every 1,000,000 atoms of hydrogen, there are 150 atoms of deuterium bound to oxygen, to form water.
When we drink 1 litre of everyday drinking water, we ingest around 150 ppm, or about 33 milligrams, of pure deuterium. And because deuterium fits anywhere hydrogen can, it is present in everything we eat or drink, and in our bodies.
So, what exactly is Deuterium-Depleted water (DDW)?
It is well documented that deuterium is harmful for biological processes and life. Higher deuterium levels can increase the likelihood of obesity, cancer and cardiovascular disease. The level of deuterium present in most natural waters on Earth is in the range of 150 ppm (parts per million). HtoEau® DDW contains just 50ppm per litre, meaning that we have reduced the deuterium content significantly by a multi-stage filtration process. This ‘light water’ (as it is sometimes referred to), can offer multiple health benefits, by reducing deuterium levels within our cells overall.
Is DDW safe?
Absolutely! There are no reported side effects of reducing the deuterium levels in our bodies, only benefits.
What is so great about HtoEau® DDW, as opposed to ‘normal’ water?
Our ability to deplete deuterium decreases with various factors, such as age, illness, poor lifestyle and diet. Drinking DDW daily can be more effective, for example, than following a low-deuterium diet, in helping to reduce the negative effect these factors have on us. For example, by improving tissue oxygenation, balancing blood glucose levels, decreasing deuterium-induced DNA damage and improving production and repair to our mitochondria (known as the power-house of our cells), to name a few!
Other benefits can include:
- Improvement of energy levels and general well-being
- Boosted metabolism as deuterium levels are lowered
- Increase in VO2 max at less intensity of exercise
- Ability to withstand oxidative stress (ROS)
- Reduced lactic acid and faster recovery from exercise
- Acts as an antioxidant
- Optimised mitochondrial repair
- Targets and neutralises free radicals
How much should I drink?
1-2 litres per day is the optimum amount, but it is fine to drink more if you desire! You can even use it to make hot drinks and in cooking if you are trying to maximise the effects of lowering your deuterium levels.
Do I need to chill it?
You can keep the water in or out of the fridge and it can be consumed chilled, or not!
Does it have a taste?
In short, no! HtoEau® DDW is produced by reverse osmosis filtration and isotopic purification, to lower the undesired deuterium fraction. Low temperature, multi-pass distillation is repeated 50-70 times, and it then undergoes light mineralisation with beneficial electrolytes. This removes any tastes associated with tap water or some mineral waters, so that all you experience is a clean, pure taste.
How long will the deuterium level stay at 50ppm?
The levels of deuterium in our DDW are stable, therefore they will not change after you open the bottle. However, as with any water, we recommend that you finish the bottle within 1-2 days.
What does the research say?
DDW and sports performance recovery and optimisation:
In a study of professional rowers, it was evidential that drinking DDW with 105ppm for 44 days, resulted in improved tissue oxygenation and less tissue anoxia, better mobilisation of glycose and utilisation of glucose, and improved metabolic compensation of load-dependent changes. Subjectively, the group drinking DDW reported feeling increased stamina and improved regeneration and performance. Read the full article here.
DDW and anti-aging and cell regeneration:
A 5-week trial of DDW showed marked reversal of signs of aging, along with other age-related health benefits. Read the study here.
DDW and cancer:
Numerous research papers on differing types of cancer tumours have shown that drinking DDW has been instrumental in reducing tumour size and prolonging the life of cancer patients significantly. Even complete remission was observed in some. Read just a few of the studies here, here and here.
DDW and weight, oxidative stress, inflammation and blood sugar levels:
This study depicts a reduction of oxidative stress and enhanced antioxidant enzyme activities in a diet-induced obesity group. The subjects that consumed DDW ad libitum for 3 weeks exhibited lowered bodyweight, and normalisation of glucose, tryptophan and serotonin levels was also observed. Read more here.