alpaca fibres, their benefits observed by Professor Fabrice denis
Alpaca wool has been studied to define its characteristics because preliminary data suggest extremely interesting properties.
1# The most surprising characteristic is probably its anti-bacteriological (bacteriostatic) effect. This wool seems to make it extremely difficult for bacteria to multiply. In addition to the obvious hygiene benefits, this leads to a second effect – a reduction in sweat-related odors in clothing. Sweat encourages the proliferation of these bacteria, Alpaca fiber seems to reduce this.
2# Alpaca wool seems to be hypoallergenic, in other words causing fewer skin allergies compared to other types of wool. Lanolin, which can cause these skin reactions, is nonexistent.
3# It is non-irritant and can therefore be worn by everyone, which is quite rare for wool.
4# The thermal properties are interesting because the data suggest that this wool retains heat between five to seven times more effectively than sheep’s wool. This means that a thickness of 2 mm would have the same heat retention effect as 10 mm-thick sheep’s wool.
5# Alpaca wool’s breathability or permeability is interesting because heat and moisture exchanges are favorable so that — unlike a waterproof material (which keeps you warm but traps body moisture and causes additional sweating) — you stay warm without excess sweating. Thus, these air circulation properties make it possible to play sports with an Alpaca wool textile.
6# Last but not least, it is biodegradable, not very flammable, and produces little static electricity.
Article written by Professor Fabrice DENIS MD,PhD
E-health/AI Faculty of Health - University of Paris
e-PRO's task force (European Society of Medical Oncology)
Jean Bernard Inter-Regional Cancer Institute
9 rue Beauverger
72000 Le Mans
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