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Kangen Water™

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Background

  • Kangen Water™ is the brand name of alleged health-enhancing alkaline water that is created through the process of electrolysis. Electrolysis separates "normal" tap water (H2O) into two parts: acidic H+ molecules and alkaline OH- molecules.
  • The acidity or alkalinity of water is determined by its pH level, measured on a scale from 0 to 14. A solution with a pH level of 7.0 is neutral (neither acidic nor alkaline). A pH level over 7.0 is alkaline; a pH level under 7.0 is acidic. The pH level of human blood ranges from 7.35-7.45. Pure water has a neutral pH of 7.0. The pH level of Kangen Water™ that is used for drinking ranges from 8.0-10.0, with the optimum level around 9.5.
  • The separation of water into acidic and alkaline components is accomplished through the use of a machine called a water ionizer. Water ionizers that create Kangen Water™ are manufactured by Enagic Co., Ltd., which is based in Japan. As of 2003, these machines have been distributed through a multi-level marketing (MLM) process in the United States, although international sales of Enagic's best-selling water ionizer, the LeveLuk DX, began in 2000. This company first began offering Kangen Water™ products in Japan in 1988.
  • According to Enagic's 2005U.S.Patent and Trademark Office Registration, the English translation of the Japanese word "kangen" is "reduction or deoxidation." Enagic's Web site translates the term as "return to origin."
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References

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