What is Celliant®?

Celliant® is the world’s most technologically advanced fiber that is a proprietary blend of minerals which have been extruded into a polyester fiber. Celliant encourages not only alleviation of pain and other negative symptoms, but an actual improvement of the body’s natural systems. Celliant’s oxygen studies were done independently by three separate doctors and all tests came to the same conclusion, that Celliant increases tissue oxygen levels which has been shown to increase performance, relieve pain and improve muscle recovery.

A separate study has also shown a statistically significant reduction in pain associated with diabetic neuropathy, arthritis and other conditions caused by poor blood circulation. One key mineral in Celliant is titanium dioxide which is photocatalytic, or light absorbing mineral. Electromagnetic energy given off by the body is absorbed (typically in the infrared and visible light ranges) and then reemitted into the body with modified wavelengths. This energy is then able to reach more deeply into the tissue due to the increased refraction and light scattering properties of the minerals in Celliant than it would have otherwise. In the tissue, the energy vasodilates blood vessels and allows more oxygenated blood flow to reach poorly circulating areas. The increased blood flow and tissue oxygen levels help muscles and joints combat stiffness, soreness and edema caused by aging, injury or arthritis.

Products containing Celliant have no adverse effects as they work directly with the body to enable it to be more effective and as such can be used continually. Celliant is NOT a coating. As such, it never washes out of the fabric. The fiber is also non-toxic and biologically benign. It works with the body to help it do what it does naturally.

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How does it work?

Since its inception in 2003, Hologenix, LLC has been working to improve this new technology and bring it to market. Celliant was initially developed in the 1990s by studying methods to improve natural healing in Asia and then subsequently developing those techniques so that they could be integrated into fibers that are used in clothes and other textiles. Hologenix developed a patent protected method for adding the minerals into the center of the fibers where they remain and provide benefits without affecting the quality of the yarn.

Celliant’s blend of proprietary ingredients reflect light (both visible and infrared) back to the body changing the wavelength of the light so that it is more easily absorbed by the body. The energy from this light improves blood flow in the target area. Celliant works by increasing the amount of blood traveling into the affected area, not by causing the blood to absorb more oxygen. The increased blood flow and blood oxygen levels help muscles and joints combat stiffness, soreness and edema caused by aging, injury or arthritis. Many satisfied users have described the effects of better oxygenation on the body. More recently, the beneficial effects of Celliant fabric materials have been measured in a series of clinical studies, first among diabetics, then among healthy subjects. This is important because technologies like hyperbaric oxygen chambers claim to improve oxygen levels by causing you to breathe-in air richer in oxygen, but typical blood cells are already 95-100% saturated with oxygen when they reach their destination.

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Clinical Studies

Hologenix has organized four completed clinical studies to date, with a fifth study underway. Initially the focus was to prove that Celliant increased blood oxygen levels by measuring transcutaneous oxygen levels (TCPO2), a practice commonly used for people suffering from hypoxia, peripheral vascular disease or any other condition that inhibits blood flow.

Dr. Lawrence Lavery and Dr. Graham McClue commissioned two studies in 2003 and 2005 respectively. Both tests measured oxygen levels first among subjects with previous vascular conditions then among healthy subjects. In 2008, Hologenix commissioned a dual study with Dr. Ian Gordon measuring TCPO2 levels in healthy subjects and also a study designed to measure Celliant’s effect on pain levels in subjects suffering from chronic foot pain. In 2009, a pilot study began measuring the effects of Celliant on subjects with significant sleep trouble. The study was renewed in 2010 and when results are available they will be posted here.

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Celliant (formerly Holofiber) Blood Flow Studies
Dr. Lawrence Lavery (2003)
Overview
Celliant is a specially formulated technology that is designed to enhance oxygen levels in the body. Products with Celliant have been clinically proven to relieve pain, increase comfort and aid in healing by increasing oxygen levels and helping to regulate body temperature. Below is a summary of the results of a double blind study completed in 2003 and designed to measure the ability of Celliant to increase oxygen levels in the skin.

Study Background
The study was conducted by Lawrence A. Lavery, DPM, MPH, an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation at Loyola University Medical Center and Hines Veterans Administration Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Lavery compared 50% Celliant socks and 100% Celliant gloves to placebo products on the hands and feet of 20 diabetic patients. He measured changes in transcutaneous oxygen, a measure of oxygen in the body. The study was double blind, meaning that neither the participants nor Dr. Lavery knew which products contained Celliant until after the measurements were taken.

Results
After less than an hour, patients wearing products with Celliant showed a statistically significant increase in transcutaneous oxygen. As shown in the figures below, this increase was observed at every ten-minute testing interval. According to Dr. Lavery, “This study provides objective evidence to support what many of us have observed or heard from people that have worn products enhanced with Celliant. It shows a significant increase in blood flow in the skin when study subjects wore the garments.”

With regard to the benefits of the product, Dr. Lavery further states “An 8 to 14% improvement in oxygenation could increase circulation enough to improve wound-healing or eliminate leg pain caused by atherosclerosis or other blood flow obstructions. The significant changes observed are very compelling.”

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Celliant (formerly Holofiber) Study of Thirteen (13) Healthy Subjects
Dr. Graham McClue (2005)
Overview
Celliant is a specially formulated material that is designed to enhance oxygen levels in the body. Products with Celliant have been clinically proven to relieve pain, increase comfort and aid in healing by increasing oxygen levels and helping to regulate body temperature. Below is a summary of the results of a double blind study completed in 2005 and designed to measure the ability of Celliant to increase oxygen levels in the skin (TCPO2).

Study Background
The study was conducted by Graham M. McClue, Ph.D., a researcher with Hyperbaric Treatment & Training Services Ltd., an independent research facility in Houston, Texas. Dr. McClue compared 50% Celliant socks and 100% Celliant gloves to placebo products on the hands and feet of 13 healthy subjects. He measured changes in transcutaneous oxygen, a measure of oxygen in the body, over a period of one hour. The study was double blind, meaning that neither the participants nor Dr. McClue knew which products contained Celliant until after measurements were taken.

Results
he study successfully showed that patients wearing products with Celliant showed a statistically significant increase in transcutaneous oxygen. As shown in figures below, this increase was significant (10% to 24%). According to Dr. McClue, “Celliant does, in fact, increase oxygen profusion levels by 10% to 24% in a healthy non-compromised population.”

With regard to the benefits of the product, Dr. McClue further states, “Increased oxygen profusion has been shown to aid in the increase of energy. Energy produced at the cellular level will accelerate muscle tissue recovery from exercise, which is known to induce lactic acid increases, rebuild strength in muscles damaged by exercise, and also reduce the incidence of cramping, edema, and muscle fatigue post strenuous exercise in athletic conditioning.”

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Effect of Optically Modified Polyethylene Terephthalate Fiber Socks on Chronic Foot Pain Study
Dr. Ian Gordon (2008)
Overview
Celliant is a specially formulated material that is knit, woven or added to products to enhance oxygen levels in the body. Products with Celliant have been clinically proven to relieve pain, increase comfort and aid in healing by increasing oxygen levels and helping to regulate body temperature. Below is a summary of the results of a recently completed double blind study designed to measure the ability of Celliant to reduce pain and increase comfort.

Study Background
The study was conducted by Dr. Ian Gordon, M.D., Ph.D. at University of California Medical Center. Dr. Gordon is the Director of the University of California Wound Clinic, an Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of California, Irvine and Chief of the Vascular Surgery Section at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System as well as a member of the attending staff at the University of California Irvine Medical Center. The study was a single-center, prospective, double blind, randomized trial approved by the institutional review board. Fifty-five (55) subjects in total were enrolled, 26 with diabetic neuropathy and 29 with other causes of foot pain; 38 men and 17 women were enrolled, with an average age of 59.7 years. To be included in the study participants had to be older than 21 years of age and have persistent foot pain for at least six months prior to the study. The study has been published in the Journal of Alternative & Complimentary Medicine.

Participants in the study were asked to fill out McGill Short Form Pain Surveys—an industry accepted scale for measuring pain relief that is used in FDA trials for pain relief medications—for two consecutive weeks to measure pain and quality of life. In questions assessing pain, subjects were instructed to answer questions based solely on subjective foot pain. After completing the questionnaire the second week, subjects were given three pairs of socks in a closed container and asked to wear them exclusively for the next two weeks. One week (Week 3) and two weeks (Week 4) later they returned to again fill out the same questionnaires. The control group received socks made from standard Comfortrel XP® polyester fiber, while the Celliant group received socks in which the bottom of the sock was modified by having Celliant incorporated into the yarn. Subjects and study personnel were blinded to the randomization, and study personnel never saw the socks given to the subjects.

Results
All participants exhibited similar pain scores upon entry into the study. The changes between scores recorded before and after wearing socks showed improvements in both the control and Celliant groups. The fact that the control group demonstrated reduction in pain is consistent with the placebo effect often seen in studies like this one. However, significantly more reduction in pain was observed in the responses from the Celliant group than controls, based on comparisons of the median reduction in pain before and after starting treatment.

With regard to the benefits of the product, Dr. Lavery further states “An 8 to 14% improvement in oxygenation could increase circulation enough to improve wound-healing or eliminate leg pain caused by atherosclerosis or other blood flow obstructions. The significant changes observed are very compelling.”

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Effect of Shirt with 42% Celliant Fiber on TCPO2 Levels and Grip Strength in Healthy Subjects
Dr. Ian Gordon (2009)
Overview
Celliant is a specially formulated material that is knit, woven or added to products to enhance oxygen levels in the body. Products with Celliant have been clinically proven to relieve pain, increase comfort and aid in healing by increasing oxygen levels and helping to regulate body temperature. Below is a summary of the results of a recently completed study designed to measure the ability of Celliant to increase skin oxygen levels (TCPO2).

Study Background
The study was conducted by Dr. Ian Gordon, M.D., Ph.D. at University of California Medical Center. Dr. Gordon is the Director of the University of California Wound Clinic, an Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of California, Irvine and Chief of the Vascular Surgery Section at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System as well as a member of the attending staff at the University of California Irvine Medical Center. The study was a single-center, prospective, double blind, randomized trial approved by the institution review board. Twenty-four (24) healthy subjects were enrolled, 16 men and 8 women with an average age of 30.3 years. To be included in the study, participants had to be at least 18 years of age and be in good health. The subjects wore standard polyester shirts for 90 minutes indoors in a constant temperature and indoor light environment and were asked to sit quietly in a chair. After a short rest, the procedure was continued for another 90 minutes with the subjects wearing 42% Celliant/58% polyester shirts. TCPO2 measurements were measured by standard Clarke electrodes placed on skin heated to 44°C to eliminate an increase in localized skin temperature as a possible source of increased oxygen. 17 participants had one electrode placed on their chests, 7 participants had three electrodes (two on the abdomen, one on the chest). The TCPO2 measurements were taken at 10-minute intervals.

Results
There was a statistically significant increase in mean TCPO2 levels associated with wearing the Celliant shirts observed at 30, 60 and 90 minute intervals, with the greatest increase, at 90 minutes, reflecting an approximate 7% overall average increase in skin oxygen levels. The increases in TCPO2 levels associated with the Celliant shirt corroborated earlier findings performed in the limbs that oxygen levels increase when socks or gloves made from Celliant fibers are worn. Given that in both trials, the transcutaneous oxygen probes were heated to 44°C and skin temperature levels did not significantly vary between the two garments, it is unlikely that the effect observed was due to increases in skin temperature causing secondary effects on skin blood flow.

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Pilot Sleep Study
Dr. Marcel Hungs (2009-2010)
Overview
Celliant is a specially formulated technology that is designed to enhance oxygen levels in the body. Products with Celliant have been clinically proven to relieve pain, increase comfort and aid in healing by increasing oxygen levels and helping to regulate body temperature. Below is a summary of the results of a double blind study completed in 2003 and designed to measure the ability of Celliant to increase oxygen levels in the skin.

Study Background
The study began in 2009 and the trial was conducted by Dr. Marcel Hungs at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center. Dr. Hungs is the director for the Center of Sleep Medicine, an Attending Staff Physician at the VA Medical Center in Long Beach, CA, an Attending Staff Physician at the University of Irvine Medical Center. The study was a single-center, placebo controlled, double blind, cross-over pilot trial approved by the institution review board. Six (6) healthy subjects were enrolled who were suffering from chronic lower back pain causing sleep disturbances. Subjects were required to fill out studies for pain, sleep quality and additional clinical global impression scales for pain and sleep. After a two-week period of baseline readings each subject was given either a mattress cover with Celliant or a placebo mattress cover to use for the next two weeks. Then a washout period lasting one week and a second two-week period using either the Celliant or placebo mattress (whichever was not used during the first test) were administered.

Results
Median time spent awake at night after falling asleep was reduced by 18.3 minutes. Individuals spent an average of 42 minutes less time sleeping suggesting that the sleep they received was more restful. Median sleep efficiency improved by 2.6%. Three of the six participants reported a subjective improvement of their sleep with the use of the actie garment mattress cover as measured in the Clinical Global Impression scale. Two participants also reported that nocturnal back pain was better with the use of the active garment as measured in the Clinical Global Impression scale for pain. These results were encouraging and therefore the study was expanded to an additional 12 patients who will begin testing in late 2010.

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