irtually all particles in the air have a positive
charge, while negative ions have a negative charge. In which case, negative
ions and particles magnetically attract to one another. When there is a high
enough concentration of negative ions in the air, they will attract to floating
particles in large numbers. This causes the particles to become too heavy
to remain airborne. As a result, the particles will fall out of the air, preventing
them from being inhaled into the respiratory tract where they can trigger breathing
and health problems.
The ionized particles will then be collected
by normal cleaning activities, such as vacuuming or dusting. If the particles
happens to be kicked back up into the air again, they will be ionized, and
quickly settled out of the air once again.
In nature, negative ions are generated by processes
such as sunlight, lightning, waves from the ocean, and from waterfalls. "Concrete
Jungles" minimize the natural production of negative ions by disrupting
the delicate electrical balance between the atmosphere and the earth. Surround
Air Ionizers recreate them with electrodes ("needlepoints") to
electrically produce negative ions. This method produces a density (about
1,000,000/cm3) that is 10 times higher than the negative ion level
found at Niagara Falls, the highest natural producer of negative ions and
one of the healthiest environments in the world.
Properly designed air ionizers do not cause
any of the drawbacks of typical needlepoint ionizers though. As a result,
is no "black
wall" effect, erosion or wearing down of the electrodes, or any other "side
Other Negative Ion Benefits
Asthma, Allergies, and other Respiratory
Problems and Illnesses. Many scientific studies have been conducted
over the years (mostly in Europe and Russia) showing how exposure to high
levels of negative ions drastically or significantly reduce asthma and
allergy symptoms, as well as respiratory-related illness.
Studies have also shown a link between
negative ion treatment and benefits for the following:
Migraine Headaches. Inhaling negative
ions prevents the overproduction of serotonin inside the brain. The overproduction
of serotonin inside the brain is the cause of migraine headaches.
Depression. A study at Columbia University
suggested that negative ion treatment is more effective than anti-depressant
drugs such as Prozac and Zoloft, and there are no side effects with negative
Fatigue. The overproduction of serotonin
(chemical produced inside the brain) also causes fatigue, and negative ions
prevent the overproduction of serotonin inside the brain.
Sleep. A study in France found that negative
ionizers helped people to sleep better, by preventing the overproduction
of the chemical serotonin in the brain.
I lay down, my nose doesn't automatically clog up. I have vivid, memorable dreams
- which I believe is because I'm finally getting enough air to allow myself a
more deep sleep. Thanks."
-C. Etzel, South Dakota
Mental Performance and Concentration. Several
tests have shown people exposed to negative ion treatment perform much better
in mentally-oriented activities than those who are not.
Physical Performance. Due to test results
performed by Russian scientists, negative ionizers were always installed
in the locker rooms and resting places for the Russian athletes.
Burns. Studies performed in one hospital
found that burn patients were far more likely to recover more quickly and
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