A miracle found in a light wave.
A study commissioned by NASA (learn more about it here.) discovered that specific wavelengths of light activate cellular regeneration & anti-aging systems in living tissues and organisms. Today there is no shortage of research with solid evidence to confirm photobiomodulation (PBM) is more than an amazing discovery. Over 50,000 studies, including those by NASA, Stanford, Harvard Medical School, the Mayo clinic just to name a few demonstrate that photobiomodulation is able to help humans to regenerate and optimize cellular functioning. Cells exposed to red light showed over 150% increase in the repair and cellular vitality.
Studies also proved that light energy is able to help relieve pain and inflammation resulting from chronic and/or disease-based conditions, physical trauma, stress and over-training.
“…the activation of numerous intracellular signaling pathways; alter the affinity of transcription factors concerned with cell proliferation, survival, tissue repair and regeneration.” – PubMed.gov
Two wavelengths of light in particular: visible red 660nm (Red) and “invisible” infrared light 850nm (NIR) deliver the best biological response. (read more about these magic wavelengths here).
How exactly does it work?
Similar to how plants use sunlight to convert chemical energy through photosynthesis, the scientifically proven combination of wavelengths enters the body through the skin, dive straight into your cells and feeds them with the energy they need to perform at their maximum capability. Once the light energy is converted to cellular energy, it jumpstarts a whole series of metabolic events. The process is complex:
“The mechanism of action involves photon absorption in the mitochondria (cytochrome c oxidase), and ion channels in cells leading to activation of signaling pathways, up-regulation of transcription factors, and increased expression of protective genes.” – PubMed.gov.
1. Instant increase of ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate)
2. The modulation of ROS (reactive oxygen species)
3. The release of NO (Nitric Oxide.
The activation of gene transcription factors leads to increased cellular survival, rejuvenation and healing, provides energy for cellular metabolism and helps to relieve pain and inflammation.We will focus on three major events: the increase of ATP production (supercharging our cells), the modulation of ROS (making our cells stronger) and the release of NO (activating our body’s natural helpers):
1. It feeds our cells with needed energy.
Red and Near-Infrared wavelengths create a biochemical effect in our cells that strengthens the energy producing powerhouse of the cell, the mitochondria.It “feeds” it so mitochondria can create more Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) – the energy carrying molecule within the cells of all living things. The more readily available ATP we have, the better our body feels and functions! ATP can be called the energy currency of life considering every function occurring within our body relies on ATP. In addition, ATP provides energy for cellular metabolism, a process incredibly complex and consisting of many thousands of genes, proteins, and metabolites.By supercharging the mitochondria, ATP production increases and the cell’s ability to function improves. Using this increased energy, cells can function more efficiently, rejuvenate themselves and repair damage.
2. It trains our cells to be stronger.
Another amazing result of Red Light Therapy is it stimulates the creation of mild oxidants – reactive oxygen species (ROS). ROS helps our cells to be stronger and are the precursor to gene transcription. From this transcription the body then moves to cellular repair and healing. ROS is also in charge of suppressing the specific genetic response for oxidative stress, as well as chronic inflammation; two things which are key factors in aging and disease. It also serves to jump-start the genes involved in the production of energy as well as the cells own antioxidant defense system.
3. It releases body’s natural helpers.
Red light therapy allows cells to not only undergo self-repair but also helps them to release clogged Nitric Oxide into the blood stream. Nitric Oxide (NO) is a molecule that our body produces to help its 50 trillion cells communicate. It’s because of this that NO has then a direct influence on every physiological activity within our bodies.
Is it safe?
It’s safe, non-invasive and 100% natural. Studies confirm that RLT does not harm the human body in any way, uses no chemicals, has no harmful side effects and is approved for all skin types and skin tones.