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There’s been a lot of talk of negative ion bracelets floating around lately. They have quite a few reported health benefits, so much so that scores of people have taken to wearing them. So do they work?
Honestly, given the current amount of research out there, it’s hard to say. Whether or not they work really depends on who you ask. And that’s why we’ve put together this guide. We’ll go over what negative ions are, and present the information both for and against these bracelets. You can make up your mind from there.
If you do decide you’re interested in trying a negative ion bracelet, we’ll also go over some of the top ones on the market today.
Let’s get started.
In order to understand why negative ion bracelets could work, it’s helpful to understand what negative ions are. And for that, you need to know a little about atoms.
You may remember your science teacher referring to atoms as the building blocks of life. And that’s exactly what they are. Every physical thing on Earth is comprised of atoms — with atoms being the smallest type of matter. The atomic level is the most microscopic level at which you can break something down.
Atoms themselves are made up of three parts: neutrons, electrons, and protons. Protons, which are net positive, and neutrons, which are neutral, join together in the center of the atom to create the nucleus. Electrons, which are negative, orbit around the nucleus.
Any atom with a net charge is called an ion. An atom has an electrical charge if there isn’t an equal number of protons and electrons. If there are more protons than electrons, a positive ion is formed. Likewise, if there are more electrons than protons, a negative ion is created. Both positive and negative ions can have an impact on our well-being, but for very different reasons.
Positive ions have been associated with negative effects such as respiratory difficulties. Negative ions, on the other hand, have some positive health benefits. Studies have shown that exposure to negative ions can help alleviate the symptoms of depression and seasonal affective disorder. They’ve been shown to alleviate the symptoms of asthma, reduce blood pressure and heart rate, improve sleep, and decrease the frequency of headaches.
Positive ions are produced by electronic equipment, pollution, and humid weather. Negative ions are generated in nature when water collides with itself, such as when water pours over the edge of a waterfall. Negative ions are also produced by thunderclaps and sunlight. They are at least a part of the reason why exposure to nature can act as a natural antidepressant and provide a host of other health benefits.
Negative ion bracelets
Negative ion bracelets attempt to bring the benefits of negative ions to every individual. The logic behind these bracelets is that constant exposure to negative ions throughout the day will help mitigate the negative effects of positive ion exposure.
While there is plenty of research out there about negative ions, there is surprisingly little information about the efficacy of negative ion bracelets. That being said, wearers of negative ion bracelets have reported positive effects such as getting sick less often, as well as improved mental clarity and focus. It’s possible, but not proven, that negative ion bracelets provide at least some of the benefits of natural negative ion exposure.
Are negative ion bracelets effective against EMF radiation?
This is a difficult question to answer because there really hasn’t been any research on the subject. It’s a situation where more research is certainly warranted, but it just hasn’t happened yet. Until it does, you’re probably better off using something else for EMF protection — an EMF shielding cell phone case, for example, will provide actual, measurable results against EMF radiation.
That being said, there’s no risk involved in trying a negative ion bracelet, especially if you use it in conjunction with other protective measures. And many people, especially those who are electromagnetically sensitive, have reported positive results. If you experience symptoms from EMF radiation, it may be worth trying a negative ion bracelet and seeing if it helps.
Top negative ion bracelets
If you’ve decided you want to give negative ion bracelets a try, you’ll have quite a few options to choose from. Let’s take a look at some of the more popular ones.
7. USWEL EMF Protection Wristband
USWEL’s EMF Protection Wristband claims to provide several health benefits, such as improved blood flow and circulation, increased quality of sleep, and, of course, protection from EMF radiation. The manufacturer also says that it can alleviate headaches, boost your mood, and increase your energy levels.
This wristband is made from several protective metals, including tourmaline, jade, and lava stone, as well as 1000 gauss magnets. It’s fairly non-descript, owing to the fact that it looks just like several popular models of activity trackers. The black strap of Uswel’s EMF Protection Wristband goes with just about anything, as well.
The primary drawback to this product is the lack of reviews. There is very little impartial information out there, although what exists is generally positive. One reviewer noted the bracelet helped with their wife’s arthritis. Still, given the lack of confirmed reviews, proceed with caution on this bracelet.
6. HiTreasure Stretch Bracelet
If you’re looking for a more attractive negative ion bracelet, HiTreasure’s Stretch Bracelet is one choice. It’s a pretty simple design — black tourmaline beads on an elastic band — but it looks much more delicate and bracelet-like than some of the other negative ion bracelets out there. And black tourmaline is reported to have a whole slew of health benefits, including the production of negative ions.
The problem is that tourmaline only generates negative ions when pressure is applied to it. The manufacturer of this bracelet does state that it is only effective if the tourmaline is in direct contact with the skin, but it is unclear if that would provide enough pressure to create negative ions.
Additionally, many reviewers of the product had issues with the elastic band breaking. If you want something more durable, this may not be it.
5. InfinityPro NEO Adjustable Health Bracelet
InfinityPro’s NEO Adjustable Health Bracelet is said to produce between 4000 and 4500 negative ions. Made from surgical-quality silicone and high output 2000 gauss magnets, this bracelet is an adjustable, lightweight, and waterproof option. The silicone is also said to be infused with tourmaline, germanium, and titanium, helping generate negative ions.
InfinityPro claims its bracelet can alleviate pain, boost energy, and improve sleep in its wearers. Some users did report that the bracelet helped decrease their pain levels, although some cautioned that the clasp was a little flimsy.
One huge benefit of InfinityPro’s bracelet is that it comes with a 30-day results guarantee, in addition to the one-year warranty. If you don’t notice a difference within 30 days, you can send it back for a refund. That does take some of the risk out of the purchase.
4. PowerIonics Weave Ion Bracelet
PowerIonics’ Weave Ion Bracelet is another simple design for a negative ion bracelet. In spite of its simplicity, however, PowerIonics’ bracelet is made from several materials, including tourmaline, titanium, germanium, silicon, and far-infrared ray.
The manufacturer claims the bracelet outputs 3000 negative ions to the wearer. Like other bracelets, it’s important to wear this one close to the skin. The adjustable strap and different sizes make that quite easy — just find the right fit for your wrist. The Weave ion Bracelet is intended to help with sleep, fatigue, stress, and exposure to electronic equipment. They also claim that it boosts athletic performance.
Another advantage of this bracelet is that it looks more decorative than anything, and it’s pretty gender-neutral.
3. MagnetRX Ultra Strength Magnetic Therapy Bracelet for Men
MagnetRX’s Ultra Strength Magnetic Therapy Bracelet For Men is a high-quality bracelet made from 100% medical-grade stainless steel and consists of two 3500 gauss magnets per link (48 magnets total). The bracelet is marketed as providing relief from arthritis, carpal tunnel and other types of pain.
Hypoallergenic and resistant to corrosion, MagnetRx’s bracelet is easy to clean and won’t change colors from contact with your skin. It can also be worn in the water, so you don’t need to take it off when you shower or swim. It’s worth noting, however, that it’s not suitable for pregnant women, or those using an insulin pump, pacemaker, or another electromagnetic device.
For those with smaller wrists, this bracelet does come with a tool you can use to remove links and shrink the band. Reviews of the bracelet are generally positive, with many wearers loving the overall quality of the bracelet, as well as the health benefits.
2. COOLSTEELANDBEYOND Ladies Magnetic Bracelet
Another attractive option, COOLSTEELANDBEYOND’s Ladies Magnetic Bracelet uses negative ions to help alleviate hand and join pain, improve sleep, and boost mood. Similar to FLMG’s bracelet for men, this option comes with a link removal tool so you can customize the size of your band.
This is a great option if you’re looking for a negative ion bracelet that looks just like a regular bracelet. Suitable for any occasion, COOLSTEELANDBEYOND’s bracelet is made from stainless steel and embedded with magnets and germanium. It’s available in silver, gold, or silver-gold colors, as well.
Reviewers of the bracelet were overall very positive. Many liked the appearance, as well as the bracelet’s ability to reduce hand pain.
1. Quanthor Aromatherapy Bracelet
Quanthor’s Aromatherapy Bracelet is a unique offering among negative ion bracelets. It combines the benefits of aromatherapy with EMF protection to create a bracelet that is stylish, versatile, and protective. It features a stainless steel pendant that doubles as a diffuser along with faux leather straps. The EMF neutralizer technology used by the bracelet was even certified by the California Institute of Electronics and Materials Science to protect against 90% of EMF radiation.
To use the bracelet, first remove the diffuser’s lid and put the neutralizing disc inside. When you first purchase the bracelet, this step will already be done. You can then place one of the included eight colored felt pads on top of the neutralizer. Add one or two drops of essential oil to the pad and replace the diffuser lid.
Once the bracelet is put back together, you can enjoy powerful EMF protection alongside your favorite scent.
Negative ions can provide a whole host of health benefits. Products such as negative ion bracelets claim to provide those benefits without requiring a natural setting — something that appeals to a lot of people. Given the lack of research, however, you may be better off using more tried-and-true methods for EMF protection.
If, however, you are primarily concerned with electromagnetic hypersensitivity, negative ion bracelets could be worth trying. There is little risk to your health involved, and you may just notice a reduction in your symptoms.
If you are interested in the perks of negative ions but aren’t sold on negative ion bracelets, you may want to consider finding them in a natural setting. Spending time in nature, especially by a lake or waterfall, is an especially effective way to receive the benefits of negative ions. While more research is needed to determine the implications for EMF radiation, negative ions provide a host of benefits that make them worth integrating with your daily life.