February 19, 2009

You Ask, I Answer: Oxygenated Water

My local health food store now has a pretty big display case for a brand of oxygenated water.

It's supposed to have 25 times more oxygen than regular water and help with energy levels, cellular health, and endurance.

One of the company's pamphlets also said that since a lot of bacteria and pathogens are anaerobic, having lots of oxygen in your blood would prevent you from getting sick.

This was all new to me, I had never heard any of it before.

What do you think?

-- Jessica Deanly

New York, NY

What do I think? I think it is absolutely astounding -- and disturbing -- to see the amount of nutrition-related quackery out there.

The concept of oxygenated water -- and its supposed health benefits -- is absolutely ludicrous.

Taking in more oxygen in water accomplishes nothing other than provide expensive burps.

The only way oxygen gets into our bloodstream is through the lungs.

Oxygenated water, on the other hand, ends up in the small intestine, an organ that does not absorb oxygen -- much less carry it to the blood.

Besides, even if a company managed to inject lots of free-floating oxygen into their water, all of it would escape the second you unscrewed the cap!

In 2003, the Journal of the American Medical Association addressed this issue and summed up the research showing that all claims regarding oxygenated water are completely unsubstantiated.

Please do not spend your hard-earned money on this.

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