Utilizing copper as one of the ingredients to the mix allows Pro-Tect to make radical claims like not having to wash your socks for a month! Copper is an essential mineral for the body and through years of testing, researchers have found that it has incredible anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties; thus obliterating the causes of foot odor and ailments such as athlete's foot. Studies have shown that ugly and unhealthy skin infections and wounds can heal in as little as 4 days of wearing. The author is conducting a personal experiment to see the effect a pair of Pro-Tect's socks will have on a severe foot condition that has been untreatable and has persisted for almost 20 years.
The biocidal effect of copper infused socks is achieved through the following steps:
-Cell membrane permeability and lipid peroxidation.
-Displacement of essential metals from their native binding sights.
-Interference with oxidative phosphorylation and osmotic balance.
-Alterations in the conformational structure of nucleic acids and proteins.
-Redox cycling between Cu2+ and Cu1+ catalyzes the production of highly hydroxyl radicals, with subsequent damage to biomolecules, such as lipids, proteins, DNA and RNA.
As an anti-microbial fabric there are certain properties that should exist and are present in this product line. These elements are:
-The product is Biocidal, not just biostatic
-It covers a broad spectrum of what it destroys such as: Gram+ and Gram- bacteria, fungi, and viruses.
-Last for the life of the fabric.
-Be durable enough to withstand hot water and chemical exposure.
-Must be safe for human use.
Laboratory tests conducted by AminoLab Laboratory Services in Nes Ziona, Israel have conclusively shown that fabrics containing copper contribute to the reduction and near elimination of such Gram + bacteria like Staphylococcus Aureus and Gram- bacteria like Escherichia coli. Similarly Hy Laboratories in Rehovot, Israel have shown that copper infused fabrics significantly reduce the presence of the drug resistant bacteria MRSA and VRE. This destruction of the bacteria occurs because the Copper Ions damage the bacterial cell wall, bacterial DNA, and bacterial proteins rendering them insignificant and powerless. Studies conducted by AminoLab were even more impressive with the reduction of fungal activity. In tests using the fungus candida albicans (athlete's foot), the number of fungi present in the test area went from over 50,000 to zero in 60 minutes. The studies have also shown the copper test filters to reduce the percent of infectivity of the following viruses by more than 99.99%: HIV-1, Punta Toro, Rhinovirus 2, and Pichinde. With many other viruses losing between 94-99.95% of their infectivity.
When compared to the effectiveness in fighting the fungus candida albicans with the very popular X-Static silver fiber, tests have shown that X-Static actually promotes the formation of fungal colonies through washing cycles. Copper virtually eliminates all traces of the fungi from zero-100 washing cycles. The percent reduction of staphylococcus aureus and Escherischia coli is almost as staggering at at 99.3% and 99.95% respectively.
While possessing the widest spectrum anti-microbial known today, Pro-Tect socks containing copper have been scientifically proven to promote healing and protect your feet from potentially harmful bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Although inconclusive at this point, the author is on Day 7 of wearing these socks and has miraculously seen evidence of healing beginning.... and the socks still have no odor!
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