Negative ions are oxygen ions that have an extra electron attached and naturally occur in nature. They are produced through water molecules, which is why they are in such delightfully abundant supply near fresh, flowing water stores such as rivers, streams, oceans and waterfalls. Also, just as positive ions build up in the atmosphere prior to a storm front, negative ions accumulate following a storm.

We all know that taste in the air and feeling you get at the beach, near a waterfall or after a storm. This is your body being saturated by the positive natural benefits of negative ions.

Elanra story of negative ions and their beneficial health affects
Beneficial to your health, negative ions are being produced from nature such as this waterfall


Negative ions are considered an important contributor to good health, and there are many published studies that suggest breathing the special oxygen, abundant in negative ions can have a significant influence on improved mood with overall mental and physical health and well-being. In our homes, offices, vehicles and city streets the atmosphere is overloaded with positively-charged ions depleted of negatively-charged ions, due to electrical interference and various pollutants.

Decades of scientific research has shown beyond doubt that this imbalance in the air results in fatigue, headaches, irritability and exacerbation of respiratory ailments (FG Sulman, 1970).

Negative ions have long been attributed to improvements in mood and physical health. Research supports this 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.

No one will argue that pure, clean oxygen is better than that of polluted air, however, the proposition that there's extra vivacity in one kind of pure, clean air than another would, to many people, seem erroneous, if not credulous. But scientific research conducted over the past 20 years supports the suggestion that specific types of air can give us more momentum than other types.

These Ions are atoms or molecules that have gained or lost an electron. A positive ion is positively charged because it has more protons than electrons, while a negative ion is negatively charged because it has more electrons than protons. It is these negative ions that are the important ions for health and wellbeing. Negative ions are found in copiousness when air molecules are continuously broken apart due to the effects of sunlight, radiation, relocating air, or precipitating water, the crashing of waves against rocks or, at the beach, waterfalls, and lightning storms.

The plethora of negative ions that are produced in nature have long been associated with these improvements and research conducted in the last decade has begun to support the belief that through control of the electrical charges in the air we breathe, our moods, energy and health can be markedly improved.

Naturally occuring negative ions may assist us to lead a happier and healthier life.

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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 researchers at the Goldstein and Lewin Dept. of Medical Research in Stahnsdorf, Germany discovered a link between catecholamine regulation and lifespan after depriving experimental animals of negative ions. This research led to the discovery that a prolonged deficiency of negative ions led to an accelerated rate of death for the experimental animals.

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.[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/92328]

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 ionsincreased 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).”

Kosenko EA, Kaminsky YuG, Stavrovskaya IG, Sirota TV, Kondrashova MN. The stimulatory effect of negative air ions and hydrogen peroxide on the activity of superoxide dismutase. FEBS Lett 1997 Jun 30;410(2-3):309-12. [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9237652]

Further evidence of the influence of ions appeared when scientists exposed mice to an atmosphere enriched with either positive or negative ions. While negative ions had no negative effect on the mice, positive ions caused elevations in norepinephrine levels within one day. When exposure to positive ions was continued for longer periods, ranging from 3 to 10 days, norepinephrine levels dropped. The author noted that the results showed that “positive ions cause stress after short time application in excess. After longer exposure, a state of exhaustion can be observed in the form of a lowered norepinephrine level.”

Udermann H, Fischer G. Studies on the influence of positive or negative small ions on the catechol amine content in the brain of the mouse following shorttime or prolonged exposure. Zentralbl Bakteriol Mikrobiol Hyg [B] 1982 Apr;176(1):72-8.[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9700921]

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.

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.[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7113513]

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.”

Reilly T, Stevenson IC. An investigation of the effects of negative air ions on responses to submaximal exercise at different times of day. J Hum Ergol (Tokyo) 1993 Jun;22(1):1-9. [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8064146]


Nature is, of course, the preferred way to get your dose of negative ions, however there are those in our community who are unable to get out and about, and are housebound due to a range of physical and mental health issues, and there are also those busy individuals who find that they spend most of their time travelling and sleeping in hotels, airports and planes. For these groups, a negatiove ion medical device - negative ion generator would be an ideal machine to help one to attain better sleep, breathing and health.

Negative Ionisers have been available since the 1930's and have been used throughout Europe, the Middle East, the Orient and the former Soviet Union in medical and general applications. Consumer devices that utilise 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.

What is an air ionizer?

An air ioniser, also known as a negative ion generator is a useful item to have in the house as they simultaneously purify and remove allergens and dust particles from the air. In addition, these devices continually refresh the air, neutralise odours and improve air quality with air filter technology.

How do air ionizers work?

Particles, known as ions, attach to oxygen in the air to create a negative charge. Once it becomes a negative ion, the molecule attaches itself to pollen, dander, dust and odor to create a cluster. Air ionizers are capable of drawing these clusters into an air filter, which can be easily cleaned or replaced as required.

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