Negative Ions – Do They Work Better Than Anti-Depressants?

Ever wonder why a trip to the mountains brings about good feelings. Or did you ever take a vacation by the ocean and came away feel great? With American spending 90% of their time indoors scientists are finding a correlation between depression and indoor living:

“The action of the pounding surf creates negative air ions and we also see it immediately after spring thunderstorms when people report lightened moods,” says ion researcher Michael Terman, PhD, of Columbia University in New York.

┬áIn fact, Columbia University studies of people with winter and chronic depression show that negative ion generators relieve depression as much as antidepressants. “The best part is that there are relatively no side effects, but we still need to figure out appropriate doses and which people it works best on,” he says.

Negative Ions Affect The Brain In Positive Ways

Generally speaking, negative ions increase the flow of oxygen to the brain; resulting in higher alertness, decreased drowsiness, and more mental energy,” says Pierce J. Howard, PhD, author of The Owners Manual for the Brain: Everyday Applications from Mind Brain Research and director of research at the Center for Applied Cognitive Sciences in Charlotte, N.C.