Depression, Mood, Behavior

Negative Ions and Depression

When Negative Ions Are Missing from the air we breathe, we can become Moody or Depressed

The mood benefits of exposure to relatively high concentrations of (high density) negative ions produced by high density negative ion generators have been well documented over decades.

It has been scientifically proven that positive ions can make some people very depressed. And positive ions are often found indoors; here are just a few of many reasons why:

  • Air pollution – Some electrical appliances – Isolation from outdoors – city environments – Solar activity – etc.
  • The air moving through ductwork creates positive ions by electrons being torn from oxygen as they rush past the inside surface of the ducts.
  • Low indoor humidity can greatly reduce the amount of negative ions and increase the number of positive ions.

Negative ions can have a profoundly beneficial effect on both the mind and body. Literally dozens of studies published in respected publications have concluded that.

  • "Fresh country air has negative ions that have been demonstrated to both treat and prevent depression."
        From Depression: The Way Out, by Neil Nedley, M.D. REF

  • Studies have shown that some people become very depressed when negative ion counts are very low, or in the wintertime (seasonal depression, or seasonal affective disorder [S.A.D.]).
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    A high negative ion exposure appeared associated with feeling better about self, less sensitive, and more responsive or innervated (energized).August, 1982 issue of Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine.

  • "Results indicated that subjects had faster reaction times and reported feeling significantly more energetic under negative Air Ion conditions than under normal air conditions."
      – From Influence of Negative Air Ions on Human performance and Mood.

  • "… The introduction of negative ion generation increased the subjective rating of alertness, atmospheric freshness, and environmental and personal warmth.