Oxygenated Water?

I am listening idly to a thread on a mailing list about a new drink - “Oxygenated water”.

It is a rave mailing list, and holds particular interest to some on the list because at raves, people will be dancing all night long.

The theories are:

  1. Oxygenated water adds more oxygen to your bloodstream, and makes you more energized.

  2. You can’t breathe through your stomach. Oxygenated water is pointless.

  3. Excessive oxygen may cause oxidation of your own cells, which is not good

Which is the correct theory? Or none of the above?

Is “Oxygenated water” just a gimmick? Does it hold any real benefits?

If there was anything good about oxygenated water, I’d think that carbonated water would be bad to a similar extent.

gimmick…unless the container is pressurized.
Dissolved oxygen in water is tough to increase beyond normal (well-mixed surface water) ranges. The D.O. will keep going back to equilibrium with ambient air.

that fact aside,
I would also assume that little free-oxygen is absorbed through the digestive tract.


Oxygen enters the bloodstream only through the lungs. The only way to get anything out of such a drink (besides water, of course) would be to whiff the oxygen just as you opened it. Which I wouldn’t recommend to someone at a rave given that they’ll already likely be high on something, and boosting that high with an oxygen high is bound to be problematic.

As to dancing all night long–I’ve sustained dancing for a good five or six hours without the help of anything other than plain tap water. Perhaps if they laid off the drugs they wouldn’t have a problem :slight_smile:


The phrase “mouth to belch resuscitation” comes to mind. Sorry.

Ignoring the fact that we breathe through our lungs and not our digestive tracts and that you can only dissolve so much gas into a liter of water, I’m sure that professional sports would have jumped on it already if it worked.

A close relative has a love of all kinds of snake oilish. She commented about adding oxygen to water as a liquid she purchased. My best guess it that it was hydrogen peroxide if in fact it was adding oxygen at all. The practice of ingesting H202 is dubious at best and can be deadly. A few years ago a Phoenix man was killed after accidentally taking a swig of concentrated “theraputic, food grade” hydrogen peroxide his parents had stored in the fridge. I don’t know what the concentration was but IIRC it was stronger than is used to bleach hair, not the 3% in drugstore H202.

I’ve seen those in bicycle shops. They are sold in bottles similar to 12-ounce soda bottles, and judging by the feel, have about the same pressure as soda bottles. Would that be enough to measurably increase O2 concentration? I thought O2 was hard to dissolve, but then Guiness has nitrogen bubbles, right? Maybe they should try the little capsule thing used in Guiness cans. Not that I see any benefit in it, of course.

Did you all know that turtles engage in anal respiration when they sleep at the bottom of lakes in the winter? They take water into their anus and absorb oxygen from the water with their capillary-lined anal cavities.

And yes, oxygenated water is junk.

Are you suggesting that the managers where I work really might be talking through their assholes? Gee…I always thought it was just an expression…but the bosses are really just hyper-evolved turtles!

Oxygenated water, also known as “Vitamin O”, is a scam. Bob park discusses it a little in Voodoo Science, and mentions it here.

The FTC forced the original developer, Rose Creek Health Prdoucts, to cease selling Vitamin O; but they’re back under another name.

The solubility of oxygen in water at standard pressure and temperature is about 7.5 parts per million. You can force more in by increasing the pressure in the bottle, but very shortly after the bottle is opened the concentration will go back to the 7.5 ppm. If you drink a gallon of “Vitamin O”, you get less oxygen into your body than you do in a single deep breath; and the oxygen in “Vitamin O” is not transfered to your blood as is the oxygen you breathe.

Read the ads carefully and skeptically, they are masters of the misleading.