I’ll DRINK TO THAT!
A very interesting study was performed at the Department of Environmental Medical Biology, Wonju College of Medicine in the Republic of Korea in October of this year, 2009. The study involved getting laboratory rats intoxicated with ethanol and then measuring specific blood parameters in relation to the livers ability to clear the alcohol from the system. The purpose of the study was to determine if administering electrolyzed-reduced water (ERW) had any positive effect on the oxidative stress created by alcohol consumption, more specifically, would it help speed up the recovery from a hangover! Yes, getting rats drunk and then sobering them up with alkaline, ionized, microclustered water!
Electrolyzed-reduced water or ERW, is what the water that comes out of a water ionizer machine is referred to as in the scientific literature. Reduced-water means that the oxidation potential of the water has been “reduced”. In other words, the electron stealing or free radical activity of the water has been reduced. It has been reduced because it has more electrons available than ordinary water, in other words it is now an anti-oxidant. The oxidation-reduction potential, ORP, would be negative. Free radicals steal electrons and anti-oxidants supply them. When a cut apple starts to turn brown, that is the result of a free radical, in this case oxygen, stealing electrons from the apple and accelerating its demise. The formation of rust on metal is the same. This is the essence of the so called free radical theory of aging.
Consumption of alcohol is known to cause oxidation stress to the liver. This is a scientific fact. The oxidation stress caused by alcohol to the liver can be monitored by measuring certain liver enzymes that are released in the blood by a stressed liver. A symptom of alcohol induced liver stress is the common hangover. What was discovered in this experiment was that when ERW was administered orally to the “drunk” rats the liver enzymes associated with oxidative stress were cleared from the body at a significantly increased rate as compared to ordinary water. The official conclusion of the study was; “These results suggest that drinking ERW has an effect of alcohol detoxification by anti-oxidant mechanism and has potentiality for relief of ethanol- induced hangover symptoms”.
Yours pHor Better Health,
Dr. Peter L. Kopko, D.C.
Chief Science Advisor
Electrolyzed-reduced water inhibits acute ethanol-induced hangovers in Sprague-Dawley rats.
Department of Environmental Medical Biology, Wonju College of Medicine, Yonsei University, Wonju, Gangwon, Republic of Korea.