Oxygenation is one of the latest buzzwords in the bottled water arena. Just like it sounds, it means adding oxygen. Okay. But is this a good thing?
Well, it certainly isn’t a new thing. As far back as the 1920s, Otto Warburg, the Nobel Prize winner in Physiology in 1931, discovered that cancer cells died off when they were surrounded by highly oxygenated cells. Sounds great, right?
Allow Me to Overstate the Obvious:
Clearly, oxygen is good for humans. We breathe it. Without it, I wouldn’t be here to write about it. But does that mean more is better?
According to a study on trained runners who drank oxygenated water after running 5000-meters on a treadmill, lactic acid removal improved during recovery. In English: the runners recovered faster. They felt better sooner. Let’s call this a win, shall we?
Every Party has a Critic.
But, some researchers cast doubt on the benefits of oxygenated water. Even as athletes rave about the benefits of drinking it, these naysayers challenge the idea of oxygen in water being absorbed in the digestive tract.
Aren’t They Just Too Cute?
Two studies have countered the critics by showing that high-concentration oxygen solutions do make it into the bloodstream by way of the hepatic portal vein. In kittens and rabbits. The word is still out on us humans.
While we have yet to figure out how extra oxygen survives the journey into our bloodstream, it seems to end up there doing good work like speeding up recovery time after workouts.
That’s a good enough reason for more research. And for grabbing a bottle of oxygenated water after my next HIIT workout.
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