John Hardgrave: Health benefits deuterium depleted water brings

The Science of DDW

Author: John Hardgrave (“H2 for You”). is also the principal in a wellness organization called “Flower of Light,” whose mission is to improve clients’ health and well-being.

In 1964, one of the greatest revelations in biology was taken shape by Paul D. Boyer, a molecular biologist with UCLA. He discovered that tiny protein nano-motors within the mitochondria, sitting at the end of the Electron Transport Chain (ETC), bore the final burden for creating ATP. Boyer christened it “ATP Synthase”. This protein assembly, spinning at 9000 RPM, has the structure and function of a mechanical motor, complete with rotor, stator and magnetic field. It would be another 40 years, and the turn of the millennium, before deuterium’s effect on ATP Synthase would be uncovered.

By the early 1960’s, deuterium, although a hydrogen isotope, was something altogether “different” biochemically and biophysically. Deuterium is twice the mass of protium due to the addition of a neutron absent from normal hydrogen. No other element has such an extreme difference in mass among its isotopes. Nevertheless, understanding how deuterium functions at the cellular level were yet to be discovered.

Ten years later, in 1974, again at Argonne National Labs, British scientist T.R. Griffiths, at the 2nd International Conference on Stable Isotopes, proposed the theory that deuterium might be the primary cause of aging. In Possible Roles of Deuterium in the Initiation and Propagation of Aging and Other Biochemical Mechanisms and Processes, he states, “Deuterium adversely affects the shape of enzyme molecules involved in DNA replication.” He observed that deuterium is more electronegative than hydrogen, twice as heavy, and has different atomic binding properties than normal hydrogen (protium), interfering with DNA replication. When DNA repair enzymes contain deuterium in a position reserved for protium, they can potentially participate in an error reaction, thereby compromising DNA replication and repair. The following year, in 1975, J.D. Gleason and I. Friedman, replicating the Russian findings on plant growth, published the first American study on using deuterium-depleted water (DDW) to increase the growth of grains. This small but significant publication in NATURE magazine paved the way for a new generation of scientists to understand the function of deuterium in the biology of living things.

What is Deuterium depleted water?

It is water with reduced deuterium content. Deuterium is a “bad” isotope form of hydrogen, found in any naturally accrued water. On average every natural water has 150 parts per million of deuterium per litre, so every 1 hydrogen atom out of 6000 is deuterium. Deuterium Depleted Water is very low in deuterium (25 – 125 ppm).

What happens to your body when you drink deuterium-depleted water?

Keeping hydrated is a crucial part of well-being, but can you imagine how great it would be if water would help you regain your health?

What deuterium depleted water does to your body?

By changing the deuterium level of drinking water below the natural level, the deuterium content in the body can be kept low at the advised level (135 ppm and lower). As a result, the organism’s homeostasis can be maintained for long periods. The human organism can deplete deuterium itself. However, the body’s ability to do that decreases with age, disease, and deficiency of vitamin D.ț

Health benefits deuterium depleted water brings:

• Boosts immune system and detox
• Boosts glucose metabolism
• Increases metabolic rate
• Has heart and liver protective effects


• Improves mood and memory
• Lowers insulin resistance

Deuterium-depleted water cannot harm you in any way, as it does not contain any chemicals, and during the depletion process, no chemicals are used. There has never been a single adverse reaction to drinking deuterium-depleted water since clinical trials from the 1980s onwards.

More about deuterium-depleted water

Deuterium-depleted water (DDW) is water that has a lower concentration of deuterium than occurs naturally at sea level on Earth.

DDW is sometimes known as “light water,” although “light water” has long been referred to as ordinary water, specifically in nuclear reactors.

Deuterium-depleted water has a lower concentration of deuterium (2H) than occurs in nature at sea level.[1] Deuterium is a naturally-occurring, stable (non-radioactive) isotope of hydrogen with a nucleus consisting of one proton and one neutron. The nucleus of ordinary hydrogen (protium) consists of one proton only and no neutron. Deuterium atoms have about twice the atomic mass of normal hydrogen atoms as a result. Heavy water consists of water molecules with two deuterium atoms instead of the two normal hydrogen atoms. The hydrogen in normal water consists of about 99.98% (by weight) of normal hydrogen (1H).

Heavy Water production involves isolating and removing deuterium-containing isotopologues within natural water.

The by-product of this process is deuterium-depleted water
Due to the heterogeneity of hydrological conditions, the isotopic composition of natural water varies around the Earth. Distance from the ocean and the equator and the height above sea level positively correlate with water deuterium depletion.

In Vienna Standard Mean Ocean Water (VSMOW) which defines the isotopic composition of the ocean water, deuterium occurs at a concentration of 155.76 ppm. For the SLAP (Standard Light Antarctic Precipitation) standard that determines the isotopic composition of natural water from the Antarctic, the concentration of deuterium is 89.02 ppm.

Snow water, especially from glacier meltwater, is significantly lighter than ocean water. The weight quantities of isotopologues in natural water are calculated based on the data collected using molecular spectroscopy.



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