Health Benefits of Negative Ions
So just what can ion therapy with an ionizer potentially do for you in terms of improving your health and well-being?
There are highlighted links to references if you would like to read the relevant scientific research, but for a handy summary here are very positive negative ion health benefits:
Negative ions increase your sense of well-being and mental clarity by removing the debilitating effects of excessive positive ions in your environment. They are often described as a natural antidepressant.
Negative ion machines are proven to clear the air of dust, pollen, pet dander, mold spores and other potential allergens.
A good negative ion generator can significantly decrease airborne viruses and bacteria in your home.
Exposure to anions improves the function of the cilia in your respiratory tract that protect your lungs from irritation and inflammation, thus leading to less instances of respiratory illnesses like colds and flu and even hay-fever and asthma.
Air ionizers have a relaxing effect and have been reported to normalize your breathing rate, decrease blood pressure and relieve tension. Because anions are absorbed directly into the bloodstream they may help to combat harmful free radicals within your body.
Studies demonstrated that high levels of negative ions can be an effective treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
Improved energy levels and focus. Research at the University of California showed anion exposure normalized serotonin levels in the brain, potentially improving a person’s positive outlook and mood.
One explanation for these positive effects can be found in a research paper called ‘The stimulatory effect of negative air ions and hydrogen peroxide on the activity of superoxide dismutase’. Scientists found that anions boosted concentrations of the antioxidant superoxide dismutase (SOD), one of your body’s primary defenses against oxidative stress. They concluded: “The primary physicochemical 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.”