UCSB Science Line
Sponge Spicules Nerve Cells Galaxy Abalone Shell Nickel Succinate X-ray Lens Lupine
UCSB Science Line
How it Works
Ask a Question
Search Topics
Our Scientists
Science Links
Contact Information

Kangen water? I am sure you have heard about this amazing product that is such a great antioxidant that super hydrates by reducing H2O clusters to 5 or 6 atoms! Is this a scam? Can you change the clustering of H2O by changing the pH?

Hello and hope all is well.

Question Date: 2010-11-08
Answer 1:

From what I understand the Kangen water filters separates the water into alkaline and acidic components through the process of electrolysis in order to raise the pH of the water. This allegedly helps restore the pH (by raising it) inside the body, which due to modern junk food is more acidic than optimal conditions; however, I would not expect nor could I find evidence suggesting that drinking this water would actually be able to raise the pH in the body. As far as clustering goes, the pH may affect the hydrogen bond network between water molecules. There is actually a lot of work on simulating and understanding water clusters. Such as:

"Water clusters: Untangling the mysteries of the liquid, one molecule at a time." F. N. Keutsch and R. J. Saykally (2001) PNAS 98, 10533-10540

Also, you might find this article interesting:
"Do we underestimate the importance of water in cell biology?" Martin Chaplin. Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology 7, 861-866 (November 2006)

Click Here to return to the search form.

University of California, Santa Barbara Materials Research Laboratory National Science Foundation
This program is co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation and UCSB School-University Partnerships
Copyright © 2017 The Regents of the University of California,
All Rights Reserved.
UCSB Terms of Use