In this article you're going to learn:
What red light therapy is
What the (amazing) research says about it
Where to get the best quality and value for your home
Lazy Reader's Section:
Red light therapy is a highly researched broad spectrum, non-invasive therapeutic for nearly everything in your health routine and it is a great recovery tool that works in unique ways supplements or other therapies don't. My go-to choice for both quality and value is the PlatinumLED Biomax Series.
From NASA to MIT and Harvard, red and near infrared light therapy has a robust history of research and benefits. How does it all work? The science is a little brain-boggling, but in essence certain frequencies can penetrate deeper into your cells and stimulate the movement of electrons. These free electrons allow for a more efficient functioning of your mitochondria by breaking up harmful compounds that get in the way of energy production. Nitric oxide, a byproduct of this complicated process, can compete with oxygen and “clog up” your mitochondria’s energy production. This doesn’t mean nitric oxide is bad, because remember it’s valuable for your Circulation and has many other benefits, but in the many-linked chain of energy production it can also act as a limiter like anything else.
Certain types of frequencies can give your cells a boost by stimulating the movement of electrons, which in turn creates a chain reaction in other molecules (like free hydrogen protons) to be utilized by your mitochondria to make energy, or ATP.(1) If that went over your head, don’t worry — it’s a little over mine, too. The important thing to remember is that specific light frequencies can have a drastic effect on your cells’ ability to produce energy and nourish your mitochondria directly. Since the health of your mitochondria are implicated in practically every condition we know, the benefits of this kind of therapy longterm are astoundingly broad.
Let’s consider what the robust amount of research has to say about red and near infrared light therapy so far:
1. The type of frequency matters and must be very specific to obtain these beneficial results.(2) In an interview with Dr. Michael Hamblin, a leading expert in photobiomanipulation and a medical adviser for a popular red light therapy company named Joovv, Dr. Hamblin discusses more details about these frequencies and why they matter.(3) While lasers are very effective, they are extremely expensive and our goal for healing is surface area. As a solution, high quality LEDs won’t overheat and are a cost effective way to deliver light over large areas. You also can’t really “overdo” red light therapy, whereas sitting in the sun for extended periods of time is definitely not good for your health.
Remember also that the amount of energy you’ll absorb from the sun is by orders of magnitude higher than in the same time spent in front of a red light therapy device. Additionally, the rays of the sun include a variety of light which, although beneficial to some degree, do not compare to the concentrated form of specific red and near infrared light coming from a specialized machine.
These are the types of light that really feed and stimulate your mitochondria. Finally, compared to infrared lamps, red and near infrared light is far superior for obtaining the benefits. Medium infrared or far infrared, which are often used in lamps and saunas, generate heat and do not offer the same mitochondrial support as red light or near infrared light.