Health & Performance Effects
Dr. Albert P. Krueger, a microbiologist and experimental pathologist at the University of California, found that an astonishingly small quantity of negative ions could kill bacteria and quickly take them out of the air so that they were less likely to infect people. This is particularly useful to patients recovering from burns in particular.
(Krueger, A. P. “The Action of Air Ions on Bacteria.” Journal of General Physiology. Berkeley: University of California, 1957.)
Research papers from St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, Australia’s National University (A.N.U), the Pavlov Institute in Russia, all showed that improved lung capacity and relief from asthma symptoms are achieved quite rapidly by exposure to small negative air ions.
Affecting serotonin levels- (Serotonin is a brain chemical related to mood and stress. Anti-depressant drugs, e.g. Prozac, alter brain metabolism of serotonin). In 1985 a European research project exposed over 100 out patients at a mental health clinic to negative ionization for just 40 minutes per day. After only a few sessions,50% of depressive patients reported a return to normal; 75% of headache patients had their pain disappear, 80% of insomnia patients returned to normal sleep patterns, and 100% of anxiety sufferers said their symptoms had disappeared.