About Hydrogen

Brief History on Hydrogen

Ever wondered where the name “Hydrogen” was derived from? The name “Hydrogen” is derived from the Greek words “Hydro” (water) and “genes” (forming), as hydrogen is one of the two water forming elements. The French word “Hydrogene” was used to describe “hydrogen gas” and the name was coined by French scientist Antoine Lavoisier, who is also known as the Modern father of chemistry.

Though one of the very first publications linking Hydrogen and Medicine was issued in the 18th century, it was not until 2007 when a team of Japanese scientists led by I. Ohsawa et al discovered that Hydrogen gas when inhaled could act as a therapeutic antioxidant and protect the body cells from Free Radicals. The research and findings were first published in Nature Medicine (2007). The landmark publication sparked the interest in its potential health benefits worldwide and led to some breakthrough research. Since then, over 1,000 studies have been conducted on Hydrogen and its benefits for over 170 human diseases and essentially every organ of the human body.

In 2013, the Molecular Hydrogen Institute (MHI) was founded and established by Tyler LeBaron. MHI is the foremost authority on the science of molecular hydrogen and its main objectives are to advance, promote, educate and publicize hydrogen research, and maintain the integrity of hydrogen research and hydrogen products.

Molecular Hydrogen (H2) is a naturally occurring molecule consisting of two hydrogen atoms. Based on its composition of two atoms, it is the smallest and the most abundant molecule in the Universe. Being the smallest molecule allows hydrogen to penetrate through the human body cells and tissues, including the blood brain barrier.

Hydrogen is a colourless, odourless, non-toxic gas with a multitude of therapeutic benefits for human diseases. Amongst some of the benefits are as a powerful antioxidant (and selective anti-oxidation), anti-inflammation, anti-apoptosis (anti-cell death) and anti-allergy. There are various methods of using hydrogen ~ via ingestion, inhalation, injection, spraying onto the skin or absorbed through a bath.

What is Hydrogen Water?

Hydrogen water is derived by infusing additional hydrogen gas (molecular hydrogen) into water at high pressure. Hydrogen water is the most practical way to get molecular hydrogen into the body.

Molecular hydrogen is a powerful antioxidant that can selectively neutralize the most toxic free radicals that contribute to disease development, inflammation, and ageing.

Scientific research has shown that Hydrogen water is safe for regular consumption, as there is no danger of ‘over-dose’ and is safe even if consumed in large quantities.

About IHSA
(International Hydrogen Standards Association)

The International Hydrogen Standards Association (IHSA) is an international organization focused on determining the standards for measuring hydrogen gas, and establishing guidelines for its therapeutic use; was established in September 2016. 

The definitions and standards set forth by IHSA will help to advance scientific research in the academic and medical communities, provide guidance to governmental agencies and educational institutions, encourage responsibility in the areas of design, sales and marketing for the therapeutic hydrogen industry, and provide protection for the consumer by offering certifications for hydrogen technologies in accordance with established IHSA safety and performance and standards.

Link: IHSA


Dr. Shigeo Ohta, PhD

  • Professor Emeritus of Nippon Medical University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Director, Japan Association of Molecular Hydrogen Promotion Association (JHyPA)
  • Visiting Professor of Juntendo University, Tokyo, Japan
  • President of Japanese Society for Medical and Biological Research on Molecular Hydrogen (JSBMH2)
  • Honorary president of International Society of Hydrogen Medicine  and Biology (ISHMB)
  • Honorary President of Japan Mitochondrial Society

Specialized fields

Hydrogen medicine, Anti-aging, Mitochondrogy.
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Tyler W. LeBaron

  • Executive Director, Molecular Hydrogen Institute, Utah, USA
  • Director of International Molecular Hydrogen Association (IMHA)
  • Director of International Hydrogen Standards Association (IHSA)
  • Director of European Institute of Molecular Hydrogen (EIMH)

Research Interest

Therapeutic effects of hydrogen gas | Free Radical Biology and Medicine | Therapeutic effects of electrolyzed reduced water | Therapeutic effects of exercise for disease prevention and treatment | Biological effects of inorganic nitrates | Biological and chemical properties of creatine | Vitamins, minerals and nutraceuticals Supplements and ergogenic aids | Health, longevity and wellness | Physiology, biochemistry and organic chemistry.

Dr. Shucun Qin, MD, PhD

  • Professor and Director, Center of Life Science Research, Institute of
  • Atherosclerosis, Taishan Medical University, Taian, China
  • President of International Society of Hydrogen Medicine and Biology (ISHMB)

Specialized fields

Molecular and cellular mechanisms of dyslipidemia, atherosclerosis, and cardiovascular diseases

Dr. Xuejun Sun, PhD

  • Professor of Faculty of Naval Medicine, Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, China
  • Chinese Hydrogen BioMedical Association (CHMBA)
  • Honorary President of International Society of Hydrogen Medicine and Biology (ISHMB)

Research Interest

Chemistry and Analysis

Dr. Gae-Ho Lee

  • Professor Emeritus of Chungnam National University, Daejeon, Korea
  • Honorary President of Korean Hydrogen Standards Association (KHSA)
  • Senior Adviser of International Society of Hydrogen Medicine and Biology

Research Interest

Chemistry and Analysis

About JHyPA (Japanese Molecular Hydrogen Promotion Association)

As IHSA does not directly issue certifications, it authorizes other entities to issue certifications under IHSA standards and criteria. Each organization will use its own certifying mark to indicate the certification. Additionally, the IHSA logo can be used to clarify the endorsement by IHSA only on the sheet that indicated the certification, but not directly on the H2 products.

Japan Association of Molecular Hydrogen Promotion Association Members


Shigeo Ohta

  • President of the Japan Society for Molecular Hydrogen Science and Biology,
  • Honorary President of Japan Mitochondrial Society
  • Juntendo University Graduate School Visiting Professor
  • Professor Emeritus, Nippon Medical School

Board member:

Takashi Asada

  • President of Medical Corporation Association Association
  • Ochanomizu Memory Clinic Director
  • (Former) Chairman of the Japanese Association for the Dementia
  • Professor, Tokyo Medical and Dental University
  • Professor Emeritus, University of Tsukuba

Board member:

Koji Honda

  • Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries activation concept research group representative
  • (Former) Director, Food Distribution Bureau, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
  • (Former) Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Board member:

Mizuno Minoru

  • Royal Park Co., Ltd. President and CEO


Nishijima Yoji

  • Medical Corporation Affinity Director


Kikuchi Soldier

  • (Former) Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare


Kotani Ichi

  • Kotani Consultant representative
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