Negative Ions information

Just as positive ions build up in the atmosphere prior to a storm front, negative ions accumulate following a storm. This surfeit of   negative ions has long been associated with improvements in mood and   physical health. Research conducted in the last decade has begun to   support the view that negative ions have a net positive effect on   health.

 

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Just as positive ions build up in the atmosphere prior to a storm front, negative ions accumulate following a storm. This surfeit of   negative ions has long been associated with improvements in mood and   physical health. Research conducted in the last decade has begun to   support the view that negative ions have a net positive effect on   health.

One of the most tantalizing hints regarding negative ions and  health  surfaced when German researchers discovered a link between   catecholamine regulation and lifespan after depriving experimental   animals of negative ions. First, researchers at the Goldstein and Lewin   Dept. of Medical Research in Stahnsdorf, Germany isolated mice and rats   in air-tight, sealed acrylic cases. Next, they filtered the ambient  air  to remove all negative ions from the sealed cases. Their research  led to  the discovery that a prolonged deficiency of negative ions led  to an  accelerated rate of death for the experimental animals.  Examination of  the animals led researchers to conclude that the results  ‘strongly  suggest that animal death is related to disturbances in  neurohormonal  regulation and pituitary insufficiency.

Researchers at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow discovered   that negative ions are able to help protect the body from induced   physical stress. When the researchers immobilized rats and exposed them   to negatively charged air ions they discovered that the ions prevented   the development of pathological changes characteristic of acute stress   that are observed in untreated rats. The protective action of negative   air ions was observed in all the experimental animals independently of   their types of behavior.

British researchers at the Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences  in  Liverpool exposed male subjects to negative ions and measured   physiological responses, including body temperature, heart rate and   respiration, while at rest and during exercise. Negative ions were found   to significantly improve all physiological states, particularly during   rest. Most important was the finding that negative ions are   “biologically active and that they do affect the body’s circadian   rhythmicity.”

Another clue to the role of negative ions in health comes from  Russian  research conducted at the Institute of Theoretical and  Experimental  Biophysics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, in  Pushchino, Russia.  Researchers found that exposure to negative ions  increased levels of  the protective antioxidant enzyme superoxide  dismutase (SOD) in  mammalian erythrocytes. The researchers also  discovered minute amounts  of H2O2 (hydrogen peroxide), writing, “The  primary physiochemical  mechanism of beneficial biological action of  negative air ions is  suggested to be related to the stimulation of  superoxide dismutase  activity by micromolar concentrations of H2O2  (hydrogen peroxide).

 

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