Hawkers of “ionizer” water machines (like Kangen) claim healing alkaline water benefits; skeptics call it snake oil. They both may be wrong.
Is alkaline water a scam? There are thousands of websites and pyramid schemes hawking $6,000 machines to alkalinize our tap water into "miracle healing water." And not just miracle healing water, but, "Magical miracle healing water." With, no surprise, miraculous properties, one of the supposed health advances in human history, the "secret to optimal health and longevity," exclamation point.
Though if you actually scroll down you'll see the disclaimer that they're not allowed to claim their water will actually do any of these things. Does our water actually help to restore the body to a youthful condition? We can't say…
The skeptics… are skeptical. Alkaline water is described as an incredible fraud, foisted on the public by desperate deluded glue-sniffing wanna-be's… asserting that there's no credible evidence in the scientific literature that there are any particular benefits. Turns out they’re both wrong.
A new study found that compared to a control group drinking regular water, young adults drinking about a quart of alkalinized water a day dropped their bad cholesterol 10% within 2 months—that’s pretty impressive. And older women may achieve a drop of nearly 15%--that's huge! And even helped their blood sugars.
If you and your doctor want to give it a try, you can make alkaline water, this way [cha-ching, label machine] or, this way [baking soday price tag]. By adding ¾ of a teaspoon of baking soda to a liter (or quart of water) and you can save yourself 5999 and 99 cents.
Now baking soda is sodium bicarbonate, so this would add about a gram of sodium to our daily diet but sodium bicarb doesn’t seem to have the same effect of sodium chloride, or table salt. In this study those drinking the baking soda water had no change in blood pressue, and in the other study actually enjoyed a significant improvement in their blood pressure, but your physician will want to keep an eye on it.
So, alkaline water machines are a scam, but alkaline water itself, might not be.
To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Peter Mellor.
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