In my earlier article on negative ions, I explained why negative ions are generally good for us, how much negative ions we need vs how much we are actually getting, why negative ions help us fend off free radicals, and how negative ions can improve immunity especially for cancer patients in particular.
For most of us relatively healthy folks, negative ions can still help our health and PREVENT any major health issues from developing. I am compiling my research to summarize how negative ions can help improve various health conditions.
This article will focus on Hypertension, Cardiovascular Disease and Lung Diseases.
Negative Ions – Hypertension, Cardiovascular and Lung Diseases
1) The accumulation of fats leads to increased formation of free radicals and potential inflammatory reactions within the vascular cells and tissues. Further compounding the problem, accumulation of fats within the blood vessels also leads to narrowing of the blood vessels, resulting in overall increase in blood supply to other parts of the body. (1)
Negative ions help in stabilization of the functions of the heart by promoting its muscle activity, regulating autonomic nerves that help the heart maintain its optimal function. (1) Negative Ions can activate cells and rejuvenate muscle cells in vessel walls, thus preventing or improving vascular sclerosis, eliminating factors of hypertension, which resolve the problems of cardiovascular diseases at their root. (2)
Research has found anions to be a potent dilator of (rat) coronary blood vessels (1,9)
2) Hypertension is mainly caused by ageing vessel walls and high concentration of cholesterol or lipids in the blood. The blood becomes sticky and speed of blood flow is reduced, gradually resulting in vessel obstruction and arteriosclerosis. Negative Ions can stop the oxidation of free radicals and prevent the blood from being too dense to occlude. (2)
3) Negative ions can regulate the autonomic nerve and stimulate the current in our body to transmit normally, maintaining or restoring a normal heartbeat. (2)
4) Air pollution contributes to lung and heart damage, and negative ions can help to prevent damages to there vital organs. (3)
- People living near major roads (and therefore exposed to higher levels of traffic-related air pollution) were more likely to die from cardiopulmonary disease or lung cancer than their rural peers, leading the authors to conclude that ‘long-term exposure to traffic-related air pollution may shorten life expectancy. (3, 4)
- Reported in the March 6, 2002 Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Researchers examined long-term health data of 500,000 individuals to compare increase in air pollution levels with incidence of death. They discovered that when air pollution levels suddenly increased, in addition to expected increases in deaths from asthma, pneumonia, and emphysema, there was an unexpected increase in the number of deaths related to heart attacks and stroke. Most surprising was the finding that when air pollution levels rose, so did deaths from all causes, and not just those related to the heart and lungs. One possible explanation for the increase in cardiovascular-related deaths is that air pollution causes oxidative stress that, in turn, triggers an inflammatory response in the lungs that leads to the release of chemicals which impair heart function and blood pressure.(3, 5)
- Children are particularly at risk for health issues related to air pollution. Chronic exposure to particulates, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide has been associated with up to 300 percent increase in nonspecific chronic respiratory symptoms. Exposure to automotive pollution, particularly from truck and diesel exhaust, has been shown to cause significant increase in respiratory symptoms and decreased lung function. (3, 6)
- A German study shows that prolonged deficiency of negative ions led to an accelerated rate of death for 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. (3, 7)
- When the researchers from the Russian Academy of Sciences immobilized rats and exposed them to negatively charged air ions they discovered that the negative ions prevented the development of pathological changes characteristic of acute stress that are observed in untreated rats. The protective action of negative ions in the air was observed in all the experimental animals independently of their types of behavior. (8)
“Negative ion-generating technology have been shown to eliminate airborne pollutants, dust, cigarette smoke, pet dander, pollen, mold spores, viruses, and bacteria from the air. Negative ions have long been attributed to improvements in mood and physical health. Research supports the view that negative ions have a net positive effect on health, including improved mood, stabilized catecholamine regulation and circadian rhythm, enhanced recovery from physical exertion and protection from positive ion-related stress and exhaustion disorders.” – http://nutritionreview.org/
Why Wear Negative Ion Clothes vs Using An Negative Ion Air Generator/Purifier?
“85% of the Negative Electric Ions are absorbed from our skin, only 15% is inhaled and absorbed through our lungs. ” — Negatively Charged electric Ion Treatment, issued by Youth Publishing, p56. Hence, we have opted to wear negative ions on our skin for 24/7 constant exposure with 85% absorption.
Also, negative ion counts drop exponentially a mere 50cm away from the negative ion air generator/purifier, so one will have to stay close to the air purifier at all times to enjoy its health benefits, which is not practical.
In summary, from research, negative ions have a positive effect on hypertension, cardiovascular and lung diseases. Even if you are healthy, negative ions can help to prevent these health issues from cropping up. Wearing negative ions clothing is more effective and convenient method, as compared to using negative ion air generators/purifiers, if one were to enjoy more consistent negative ion exposure through the day.
Feel free to drop me an email if you want to find out more about negative ions and your specific health condition.
1 – “Anions in Healthy Living” by Dr Tan Bin Seng
2 – “Wear Anions” by Charles Yeh, Secretary General of the Energy Medicine Association
3 – The Positive Health Benefits of Negative Ions, http://nutritionreview.org/
4 – Hoek G, Brunekreef B, Goldbohm S, Fischer P, van den Brandt PA.Association between mortality and indicators of traffic-related air pollution in the Netherlands: a cohort study. Lancet. 2002 Oct 19;360(9341):1184-5.
5 – JAMA March 6, 2002;287:1132-1141.
6 – Nicolai T. Environmental air pollution and lung disease in children. Monaldi Arch Chest Dis 1999 Dec;54(6):475-8.
7 – Goldstein N, Arshavskaya TV. Is atmospheric superoxide vitally necessary? Accelerated death of animals in a quasi-neutral electric atmosphere. Z Naturforsch [C] 1997 May-Jun;52(5-6):396-404.
8 – 24. Livanova LM, Levshina IP, Nozdracheva LV, Elbakidze MG, Airapetiants MG. The protective action of negative air ions in acute stress in rats with different typological behavioral characteristics. Zh Vyssh Nerv Deiat Im I P Pavlova 1998 May-Jun;48(3):554-7.
9 – Favaloro JL1, Kemp-Harper BK. The nitroxyl anion (HNO) is a potent dilator of rat coronary vasculature. Cardiovasc Res. 2007 Feb 1;73(3):587-96. Epub 2006 Nov 18.
Specific disclaimer for this post: Negative Ion Clothing is NOT a medical device, a cure, a therapeutic tool, or medication. Nefful products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and no warranty or representation is made in this post with regards to its ability to do so. This post is based on my own experience and personal research. You are advised to seek professional medical advice for your own unique health issues.
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