“Explicitly stated, there is evidence that electrolyzed water, rendered “reduced” via exposure to an electric current, and containing comparatively more hydroxide anions and, consequently more “basic” in biochemical parlance, prolongs lifespan in a certain species—specifically C. elegans, a nematode worm.
It is important to point out that “pure water” actually exists in equilibrium with a portion of protonated, positively charged hydronium ions (H3O+) and negatively charged hydroxide ions (OH-). The discharge of electricity through water causes the constituent cations (H3O+) to accumulate at the anode and the anions (OH-) to accumulate at the cathode of the circuit. This solution can be separated such that one is enriched with hydronium ions and thuswise rendered acidic while the other is enriched with hydroxide ions and thereby made basic. It is basic (or alternatively “reduced”) water that has been shown to suppress senescence in C. elegans relative to distilled water. As importantly, it has been determined that such attenuation of aging is attributable to heightened antioxidant defense conferred by the “reducing” effect of the ions (i.e. hydroxide).”
- Nun Amen-Ra