The content of isotopes in natural water is one of the factors which strongly vary depending on the region, and can radically change the course of the main physiological processes. In 2015 there was published an article with the detailed description of the research which was carried out by an international group of scientists, including Russian ones. The water for the experiments was prepared on our “Almaz” plant.
The study demonstrated that the incidence of depression among the population of the United States is significantly correlated with the geographic distribution of deuterium in natural water. The lighter the water in a particular state is - the fewer people, suffering from depression, live there.
A - Correlation between reported rates of depression in USA and content of deuterium in tap water.
B - The reported prevalence of individuals with depression among adults aged ≥18 years in each US state [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mental illness surveillance among adults in the United States. MMWR 2011;60 (Suppl):1–30].
C - Geographical distribution of average deuterium content in the continental USA from samples collected from each state for 2004–2013.
Animal tests have confirmed that the content of deuterium really affects symptoms of depression. Mice that drink light water (deuterium depleted water - DDW) were more stress-resistant, rarely exhibited depressive behavior and had higher levels of neurogenesis (growth of nerve cells) in the hippocampus. The effect was comparable to the effect of classical antidepressant citalopram, but with no side effects. Interestingly, light water reduced mortality of animals – and that was not observed in the group of mice treated with citalopram.
Thus, deuterium depleted water can become a means of the new strategy for prevention of depression.