What exactly is it that red light does?

Discussion in 'Red Light, Infrared, LLLT' started by lvysaur, Jul 7, 2014.

  1. lvysaur

    lvysaur Member

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    How is red light bioactive? I get that it does a lot of great things, but the Peat articles don't really explain why.

    Explanation is fine, but if anyone knows of any really good resources or diagrams that can help explain it, that'd be even better.
     
  2. tara

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    Memory says red light reactivates the cytochrome C oxidase enzyme, which is essential in a step of mitochondrial energy production. Can't remember which Peat article or interview that came from.
     
  3. Such_Saturation

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    It should directly energize different parts of the electron transport chain so they will be "pushed through" easily. It also causes strong water structure formation and can push red blood cells along capillaries.
     
  4. kookaburra

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    Here's an interesting lecture by Gerald Pollack at the University of Guelph (my old alma mater :):)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-T7tCMUDXU

    he explains the water structure formation and red blood cell movement that such_saturation mentioned
     
  5. Such_Saturation

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    Did you get to see him? He's a badass.
     
  6. kookaburra

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    No, I graduated in '07 and I don't go back that often. I can't say I'm surprised he was there though. Guelph is a very open-minded, free thinking sort of town/university with a great biology department. Vandana Shiva, for example, who wrote this http://www.amazon.com/dp/089608650X/?tag=rapefo-20 very scary little book, was a Guelph graduate. Ironically, Monsanto also has an unmarked, multi-million dollar research lab on campus...

    He IS a badass! I've been meaning to read Cells, Gels and the Engines of Life. I might try to contact whoever was responsible for bringing him to Guelph and see if anyone there is working in a similar vein. Hopefully, not Monsanto :eek:
     
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