May 30 (Reuters) – Technology with anti-oxidant benefits
discovered in clothes
Nanobionic’s Innovative textiles are the latest weapon against
The impact of disease-causing free radicals on the human body
may be reduced by wearing special high-tech textiles just a few
hours a day, according to a recent international study.
Results from this first time study conducted by Nanobionic,
showed beneficial effects of these textiles treated with the
technology, in reducing free radical levels in healthy
individuals as well as in patients suffering from
In addition, the trial suggested that these textiles may also
act as anti-oxidants on the body. The results of the study were
published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry and Toxicology.
The patented technology is developed by Nanobionic, an
international manufacturer of smart textiles, founded in 2011 by
George and Ermis Psipsikas, based in New York and Athens,
Greece. Nanobionic manufactures smart clothes using innovative
textiles that harness and transform the body’s natural energy to
enhance athletic performance and overall wellbeing.
The trial — which was conducted in four medical centers in
Greece, Sweden and Italy – recruited 24 volunteers to test the
effects of daily use of Nanobionic’s clothes and their
connection with the human body’s aging process.
The study was conducted at the National Hellenic Research
Foundation and the Orthoviotiki Medical Centre in Greece; Örebro
University Medical School in Sweden and NEST CNR – Nanoscience
Institute and Department of Physics, at the University of Pisa
The results showed that wearing Nanobionic clothing for two
hours a day during six days, cut free radical levels in
peripheral blood cells in two-thirds of healthy volunteers,
ranging from 9.13 percent up to 95.38 percent. The researchers
also examined the effects of Nanobionic clothing on Raynaud’s
syndrome, a rare blood disease linked to oxidative stress and
The disease causes the blood vessels in the fingers and toes to
narrow when the extremities are cold or the subject is feeling
stressed. Raynaud’s syndrome is common among patients suffering
with rheumatic disease and vascular conditions.
Free radicals’ effect on health
There are trillions of free radicals produced daily within the
human body, which are naturally dealt by our antioxidant system.
But although the body’s mechanisms help prevent the harm from
free radicals, this ability gets weaker as the body ages with
When the production of free radicals exceeds the body’s
protective ability to treat them through the antioxidant system,
“oxidation stress” takes place, leading to the irreversible
damage of the body’s cellular structure and affecting the cell’s
As a result, free radicals are being held responsible for many
of today’s health ailments, such as obesity, rheumatism,
premature ageing, skin disease, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple
sclerosis and cataract.
Innovative textiles for improved wellbeing using a specialized
bio-ceramic coating, Nanobionic products take the body’s natural
thermal energy and recycle it into far infrared rays, the same
rays contained in sunlight that are responsible for the
photosynthesis process used by plants to produce energy. Because
light stimulates the body’s basic biological functions, recent
studies have shown that far infrared energy stimulates
metabolism and has a beneficial effect on the body’s wellbeing.
A preliminary report by Nanobionic has suggested that the use of
these smart textiles has a positive effect on athletes’
performance. The material developed by Nanobionic have shown
they can deliver up to a 99 percent return of far infrared
energy to the body, resulting in benefits such as; better
athletic performance (increased muscle strength and endurance
while wearing the clothes) and also benefits the skin causing an
improved appearance of cellulite in women. But the latest study
shows that the benefits of these smart materials can go further
and improve people’s health by fighting the harmful effects of
“Nanobionic will revolutionize the way people will be wearing
clothes in the future. We have developed a breakthrough
technology that improves people’s lives in many different ways”
said Nanobionic founders George and Ermis Psipsikas. The company
is the recipient of 12 international innovation awards.
The company sells its products through retailers in Europe and
online to more than 40 countries.
For more on Nanobionic: www.nanobionic-group.com –
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