H2O2 – The Benefits of Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide

By imtbtrails


Winter is upon us and for many, that’s the flu season. Why is that? What makes the cold, and rain, and snowy time of year, the time to get sinus infections, head colds, and the flu? It brings an old question to mind, “We can put a man on the moon, but we can’t cure the common cold.”

Instead of focusing on “curing” the common cold and since that is most likely out of the control of you and me, how about we seek out ways to prevent the common cold, or protect ourselves from those things that would invite a common cold in to our bodies. Anything that prevents me from getting out and riding my bike is an enemy of the state (of well being!).


H2O2 is nothing more than Hydrogen Peroxide, and the first thing your gonna imagine is that brown plastic bottle you got stashed in the back of your medicine cabinet that you pull out only when you have a cut or scrape that you are either trying to prevent from getting infected, or is infected. Your remembering dabbing it on with a Q-tip, or cotton ball and watching it fizzle, and bubble, and burn, right?

Well, there is also a food grade hydrogen peroxide that is a specifically purified form of H2O2 that is completely safe to consume. Although the stuff at your local Walgreen’s is safe as well, it most likely will not be as purified as the food grade is. The shelved drugstore product is more intended for external applications, such as cuts and scrapes. Hydrogen Peroxide is nothing more than H2O with two additional molecules of Oxygen (sounding more and more harmless, isn’t it?).


Those two extra molecules of oxygen can “oxidize” a lot of bad guys, those bad guys being viruses, parasites, bacteria, and fungi. As well, it’s recorded to reduce foreign proteins, as well as diseased tissue! Say what? Hydrogen peroxide is an agent that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth. If that’s the case, then why are we not utilizing its potential more?

The many health benefits to using hydrogen peroxide include some of which are well known, and others that are not so known, and even controversial. It is established that hydrogen peroxide is best known for infection prevention on external scrapes and cuts, but our focus here is the benefits of internal use. Hydrogen peroxide is thought of as a singlet oxygen therapy. What this means is that it releases a single atom of oxygen once it comes into contact with other substances. This is known as an oxidation reaction. It pounces on harmful organisms like bacteria, viruses; the stuff flu’s are made of, and even used on cancer patients because it has been established that cancer cells do not thrive in an oxygen rich environment! By taking Hydrogen Peroxide you are oxidizing or weakening the molecular structure of unwanted organisms in your body.

You can purchase 35% hydrogen peroxide, however 35 percent H2O2 is 700 times more concentrated than the amount that is considered safe.

Always dilute your 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide in distilled water. Tap or mineral water contains dissolved minerals that will react with the extra oxygen, wasting it. In most cases, diluting food grade H2O2 hydrogen peroxide to less than 10 percent in purified water reduces throat irritation when ingesting.

Never take hydrogen peroxide with food in your stomach. For most people this means an hour and a half either side of food. However if you feel a little nauseous after taking the H2O2 it could be because you haven’t left it long enough. Vitamin C, iron and fats in the stomach change hydrogen peroxide into super-oxide free radicals. This can severely damage the lining of your stomach. The same is true of iron, copper, silver or manganese so if you are supplementing these minerals DO NOT TAKE HYDROGEN PEROXIDE INTERNALLY.

In regards to what amount is right for you, there is plenty of recommendations online. The sole purpose of this article is to make you aware of the benefits of hydrogen peroxide.

It is important to remember that unwanted microorganism’s like bacteria, viruses, and the like prefer low-oxygen and acidic environments, and so it would make sense that utilizing hydrogen peroxide to oxygenate our bodies, and to establish an alkalized diet. In addition, it is important to reduce simple sugars like glucose, a known false or temporary energy source as a pick me up while cycling, or for snacks.

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10 Responses to H2O2 – The Benefits of Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide

  1. redwoods says:

    What’s the scientific source of this info? I’m skeptical.

  2. Mikie says:

    Thanks for asking! This is the stuff I read:


    As always, everything has it’s controversy. Just like the Cancer Society sticks to it’s guns on Chemotherapy. We know what the success rate of that is. Dig deep and look with an open mind. There is not a lot of profit for the medical industry when Hydrogen Peroxide is universally established as successful! Cheers! 🙂

  3. Mikie says:

    Just found another article on live strong:
    Here are this authors references:

    “Textbook of Medical Physiology – Tenth Edition”; Arthur C. Guyton et al; 2000

    “Biochemical, Physiological and Molecular Aspects of Human Nutrition”; Martha Stipanuk; 2006

    “Human Biochemistry and Disease”; Gerald Litwack; 2008

    “Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties”; Canadian Pharmacists Association; 2010

    “Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine”; A. Fauci et al.; 2008

    Hope this helps! ~Mikie

  4. redwoods says:

    The issue I have is that those sites seem to parrot the same vague claims. (I’d like to have access to those references you just listed.) The sources seem to provide broad claims, asserted by people with some letters after their names, and offer credibility by citing how many people have been helped by their product. (Lots of ads for hydrogen peroxide in those web sites.) But wait – there’s more!
    These sources seem to hover near the edge of pseudoscience and conspiracy-theory, while making impassioned arguments for the use of H2O2. Simply imagine Billy Mays or Vince (Shamwow!) while you re-read those sources, and what may at first seem like a well-kept secret looks more like an infomercial.
    Sorry Mikie. No disrespect, just talking it out.

  5. Mikie says:

    Hah! It would make sense to have Billy Mays talking about Oxi-Clean as the new biological wonder!

    Probably a lot of people doing the same thing I have done, read enough of each others articles to put together another article. But I do believe their is enough research out there to lean credit towards the claims…

    As an example from those references (I snagged these excerpts off Amazon’s “Look Inside” Search Option “Hydrogen Peroxide”:

    On Page 15 of “Textbook of Medical Physics” in discussing Peroxisomes; it states, “Several of the oxidases are capable of combining oxygen with hydrogen ions derived from different intracellular chemicals to form hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). Hydrogen peroxide is a highly oxidizing substance and is used in association with catalase, another oxidase enzyme present in large quantities in peroxisomes, to oxidize many substances that might otherwise be poisonous to the cell.

    On page 426 . . . “These oxidizing agents include large quanities of super oxide (O2-), hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), and hydroxyl ions (OH-), all of which are lethal to most bacteria.”
    You can read more bout the authors here: http://elsevierauthors.com/johnhall
    Page 667 of “Biochemical, Physiological and Molecular Aspects of Human Nutrition” makes the statement, “. . . suggested that intravenous doses of vitamin C have the potential to produce hydrogen peroxide (Chen et al., 2005, 2007, 2008), which is selectively toxic to cancer cells . . . “

    These are a start. I’m gonna keep digging if you are.

  6. redwoods says:

    🙂 Well, the first excerpt is describing what happens in the body naturally.
    The second is a universally accepted property of H2O2. (Notice the “in large quantities” bit.)
    But saying H2O2 is selectively toxic to cancer cells is false. There’s nothing inherently “selective” about it. Where and how the body makes and releases it could be called selective, I suppose. But, if I were to accept that ingested H2O2 actually “oxygenated the body” (which I don’t), it would not be under the control of the body’s enzymes and immune system – and therefore could not work selectively.

    I don’t believe there’s much harm in trying it, and once someone is convinced it works for them good luck arguing about it, but there are other things we can do to promote our health (that don’t cost us money and that do work)…
    `get enough sleep
    `stay hydrated
    `eat more plants
    `exercise regularly
    These are easily overlooked/forgotten in the daily grind, and they aren’t the “cool new thing” for people to latch onto. Honestly, that would look like a list of killjoys to most people, and so most people don’t do them but continue to hope/search for a “magic wand” of health.

    Happy swish-and-flick.

  7. Mikie says:

    It would be interesting to discover that statistics related to mountain bikers and their fitness as oppose to the average “Joe” in regards to annual common colds. I rarely get sick, but when I do . . . I drink Dos Equis. No actually, I did catch a cold this year (very rare) and I did ingest hydrogen peroxide both through dilution in purified water, and via a vaporizer at night. The next day (granted not feeling my best) I went on the Chantry Flats ride with the Bomb Squad. No way I could have conceived going the day before as this cold was ramping up and not in the remission stage. The day after, completely in the good.

    As a gut response to what has been discussed, I start by leaning towards a few established parameters. Now granted, I’m not a scientist:

    ~An acidic, low oxygen environment harbors bacteria.

    ~The body naturally produces hydrogen peroxide which is lethal to bacteria.

    ~If eating plants helps our health, why wouldn’t ingesting something our body produces naturally, not be an aid to recovery as well?

    Does the skepticism start when there is an increase of H2O2 into the system externally? What factors are establishing your doubt?
    I certainly hope your not basing your beliefs off organizations like the FDA and Cancer Society. There has always been that stigma between medical and holistic societies.

    Enjoying the dialog, thanks redwoods!

  8. redwoods says:

    Nah, I mistrust both ends of the spectrum, but for different reasons.

    H2O2 is such an unstable substance, and free O so highly reactive, that without seeing legitimate data on changes in blood chemistry I can’t imagine that any makes it into your body where it’s supposed to do good.

    And lines like the one by Owen Bond on the Livestrong site you linked to (“Although consuming strong, food grade H2O2 does not damage your tissues, it can irritate your throat…”) simply shred their credibility. What does he think is causing the irritation if not tissue damage? Ugh.

    Anyhoo, I want to say Thank You for posting this write-up regardless of my skepticism. Keep ’em coming!

  9. Mikie says:

    Well! . . . . . There is only one way to “CURE” this! We need to go for a VERY LONG Mountain Bike ride and not discuss it at all! 🙂

  10. redwoods says:

    Amen to that!

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