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Research proves healing properties of medicinal waters

Scientific Studies

 

Drinking natural spring water has been a popular practice for centuries, but recently, science has proven that medicinal water is not just refreshing, but it also has a healing effect. Research shows that the water's salts and minerals can help to reduce inflammation and help with high blood pressure, and many more disorders. We are launching the first worldwide personalized line of healing water!

Gundermann et al. summarize in this review the good bioavailability of minerals from medicinal and mineral waters. Both calcium (up to a concentration of 500 mg / l) and magnesium can be easily absorbed and compensate for an existing deficiency; the same applies to water with copper, zinc and / or cobalt.


Studies have shown that calcium-rich mineral water significantly increases the bone density of postmenopausal patients with osteoporosis. In migraine sufferers with a magnesium deficit, this deficiency can also be compensated for with mineral water with a magnesium content of 110 mg / l.


Iron is usually in the bivalent form in mineral waters (Fe ++), so that its bioavailability is considered to be good (around 40%). Other interesting minerals in this context are iodide and fluoride.
According to the authors, mineral-rich medicinal and mineral waters are suitable to compensate for various mineral deficiency situations. The dosages to be used must be determined individually, taking into account dietary habits and the extent of the deficiency.

Sulphurous mineral waters (SMW) have a wide range of applications. Sulphur content of mineral waters is considered as possible determinant for their anti-inflammatory or pro-inflammatory effects.


SMW consumption improved redox status of the body. We suggested that these beneficial effects may be attributed to the established high levels of sulphur-containing compounds in Varna mineral water.

The protective role of hard drinking water against cardiovascular diseases is well documented by numerous studies. This article describes the impact of Ca and Mg contents in the drinking water with different water hardness on the cardiovascular system (arterial stiffness, arterial age) of residents of the Krupina district, the Slovak Republic. The research was based on the measurements of arterial stiffness, including the measurements of aortic pulse wave velocity (PWVao) and the calculation of the arterial age of the residents.


The higher arterial stiffness and age of residents that consumed soft drinking water indicate the health significance of lower contents of Ca and Mg in drinking water as an environmental risk factor of cardiovascular diseases. Measuring arterial stiffness of residents in the areas supplied with soft drinking water can be used as a non-invasive approach in the prevention of cardiovascular risks.

In type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D), the handling of magnesium is disturbed. Magnesium deficiency may be associated with a higher risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). We investigated the associations between (1) dietary magnesium intake; (2) 24 h urinary magnesium excretion; and (3) plasma magnesium concentration with prevalent CHD in T2D patients.

For every 10 mg increase of magnesium intake from vegetables, the prevalence of CHD was, statistically non-significantly, lower (0.75 (0.52, 1.08)). In this T2D cohort, higher magnesium intake, higher 24 h urinary magnesium excretion, and higher plasma magnesium concentration are associated with a lower prevalence of CHD.

The ‘Western diet’ typically consumed in industrialized countries is characterized by high amounts of processed cereal grains and animal products while being low in vegetables, tubers, and fruits. This dietary behavior leads to imbalances of acid–base status in favor of the acids and may cause low-grade metabolic acidosis (LGMA) that is associated with negative effects on health in the long run, including urolithiasis, bone loss, and even cardiometabolic diseases. Therefore, it has become of great interest to find dietary strategies that can be used to neutralize the acid load associated with Western diets. 

Consumption of the three mineral waters: MBMP, HBLP, and MBLP led to a significant decrease in NAE values. Within the MBMP group, the NAE could be reduced by 48% (P = 0.001), while consumption of HBLP led to a reduction of 68% (P < 0.001) and MBLP to a reduction of 53% (P = 0.001). Moreover, a slight increase in serum bicarbonate could also be observed in the groups that drank HBLP (P = 0.057) and MBLP (P = 0.001).

Conclusion: Daily consumption of at least 1,500–2,000 mL of mineral water rich in bicarbonate (>1800.0 mg/L) with medium or low PRAL (<−11 mEq/L) can effectively reduce the NAE level by reducing the dietary acid load under free-living conditions in healthy adults..

We tested the hypothesis that correcting acidosis may improve urinary Klotho excretion and serum α-Klotho.

This is a prospective, interventional, nonrandomized, open-label trial study. In this study setting, metabolic acidosis is commonly observed during chronic kidney disease (CKD). We reported a positive relationship between serum bicarbonate (Sbicar) and serum α-Klotho in these patients.

Correcting acidosis by oral administration of sodium bicarbonate rapidly increases the urine excretion of soluble α-Klotho in CKD patients. 

This qualitative review examines the extent to which mineral water rich in hydrogen carbonate can contribute to maintaining mobility in old age.
 

Evidence of such a connection comes from observational studies in which lower concentrations of degradation markers for bones and muscles were found in people with higher concentrations of bicarbonate in the blood serum. As a result, intervention studies that used a daily dose of hydrogen carbonate between 4100 and 4300 mg/day achieved a decrease in bone loss markers as well as ammonium excretion with the urine (a marker for muscle loss).


Two intervention studies carried out with hydrogen carbonate-rich mineral water (~ 2170 mg / l) achieved four-week drinking of 1 l or 1.5 l of the water a lowering of the bone and muscle breakdown markers as well as an improvement of the acid-base balance compared to drinking the same Amount of water that is low in hydrogen carbonate (291 or 606 mg / l).


The authors conclude that a significant number of observational and intervention studies show a clear connection between acid load and bone and muscle metabolism and mobility in humans and thus positively influence mobility in old age through diet, supplements, and also mineral water containing hydrogen carbonate can be.

Background Although dietary patterns are recognized to affect health by interfering with gut microbiota homeostasis, whether live or dead bacteria-bearing spring mineral water (MW) would also exert beneficial effects on health upon curing gut dysbiosis remains unknown.


Results Due to harboring live bacteria, the heated but unboiled MW from Bama, where centenarians are ubiquitously inhabited, reshapes the gut microbiota from a traveler-type to a local resident-type except for Prevotella. While chondroitin sulfate, a component occurring in livestock and poultry meats, increases the richness of sulfatase-secreting bacteria and sulfate-reducing bacteria, Bama MW dampens the overgrowth of those colon-thinning bacteria and hampers the overexpression of multiple genes responsible for anti-inflammation, anti-oxidation, anti-hypoxia, anti-mutagenesis, and anti-tumorigenesis.


Conclusions Bama spring MW prevents the early-phase onset of breast cancer by curating gut dysbiosis. MW also compromises chromosomal DNA damage and ameliorate mitochondrial dysfunctions, implying it may extend lifespan.

Background. An alkalescent (pH 8.3) mineral water (AMW) of Hita basin, located in the northwestern part of Kyushu island in Japan, has been recognized for the unique quality of ingredients including highly concentrated silicic acid, sodium, potassium, and hydrogen carbonate. The biological effects of AMW intake were evaluated with a particular focus on its “antiobesity” properties through its modulation of the gut microbiota population. Methods. Two groups of C57BL6/J mice (8-week-old male) were maintained with a standard diet and tap water (control: TWC group) or AMW (AMW group) for 6 months and the following outputs were quantitated: (1) food and water intake, (2) body weight (weekly), (3) body fat measurements by CT scan (monthly), (4) sera biochemical values (TG, ALT, AST, and ALP), and (5) UCP-1 mRNA in fat tissues (terminal point). Two groups of ICR mice (7-week-old male) were maintained with the same method and their feces were collected at the 0, 1st, 3rd, and 6th month at which time the population rates of gut microbiota were quantitated using metagenomic sequencing analysis of 16S-rRNA.

Results:

 Among all antiobesity testing items, even though a weekly dietary consumption was increased (), both ratios of weight gain () and visceral fat accumulation () were significantly reduced in the AMW group. Other criteria including water intake (), the amounts of total (), and subcutaneous fat accumulation () were within the margin of error and UCP-1 gene expression level () in the AMW group was 3.89-fold higher than that of TWC. Among 8 major gut bacteria families, Lactobacillaceae (increased, ) and Clostridiaceae (decreased, ) showed significant shift in the whole population. Conclusion. We observed significantly reduced (1) weight gaining ratio (average −1.86%, up to −3.3%), (2) visceral fat accumulation ratio (average −4.30%, up to −9.1%), and (3) changes in gut microbiota population. All these consequences could support the “health benefit” functionality of AMW.