The Top 5 Benefits of Copper to Your Health
There are many benefits of copper, it is absolutely essential to keep the human body vibrant and healthy – but our bodies can’t make it, we have to get it elsewhere. One way is through the food we eat.
Most people’s budgets can’t stretch as far as oysters, avocados, red wine and nuts on a regular basis and on top of that a lot of people don’t enjoy eating beets, green leafy vegetable, mushrooms or liver. So, if this sounds like you there’s a very good chance that your body is running low on copper. If your body lacks copper the effects on your health are wide-ranging – you could become anemic, have joint pain, be aging quicker than you’d like and find that your immunity isn’t working at full strength and you’re getting sick more often than normal.
One inexpensive way to supplement your copper intake could be as simple as wearing a pure copper bracelet – by pure I mean no less than 99.95% copper. The remaining 0.05% is made up of zinc and iron, both of which are said to be key ingredients in the effectiveness of copper bangles. When buying copper bracelets, you must be aware that some cheaper bangle manufacturers cut costs by including other metals such as lead, which is incredibly harmful to our bodies.
Copper has been used for centuries for its healing properties – this was something the Egyptians, Babylonians and Greeks knew long before modern science became aware. They used it in the form of ointments, copper-soaked bandages and yes…bangles as well! While they may not have known exactly how it worked it’s amazing to know that they knew that it worked thousands of years before modern science. “But why bangles?” you may ask. Well, because they work in exactly the same way as ointments and bandages soaked in copper, they allow copper to be absorbed through the skin!
A paper on the subject states that when in contact with the skin metallic copper will oxidise and the resulting compounds will penetrate it. A trial that also supports this was conducted by Dr Sarah Brewer, a medical doctor and leading author – in it 240 patients suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis were monitored for both their physical health and also for any changes in the copper level of the bracelets themselves. Those wearing copper bracelets showed a significant reduction in pain levels as opposed to those wearing placebos.
What’s more interesting is the bracelets themselves lost an average of 13mg of copper in a month – this suggests that the copper lost from the bracelets was most likely absorbed through the skin.
Now that we know how important copper is to our health, here are the Top 5 Benefits:
- Arthritis Relief
Copper deficiency is an actual condition and almost all inflammatory related diseases can be linked back to it – including the dreaded forms of arthritis. An interesting observation in 1935 by a German physician by the name of Werner Hangarter noticed that Finnish miners stayed arthritis free as long as they continued working in the copper mines.
2. Strengthens Your Immune System
Even a mild copper deficiency impairs the ability of white blood cells to fight infection – in fact, a severe lack in copper results in a marked decrease in a person’s white blood cell production. This results in a person being far more susceptible to infection. The first observation of copper’s positive role in boosting the immune system was published way back in 1867 – it was reported that during the cholera epidemics of 1832, 1849 and 1852 in Paris, France copper miners appeared to be immune to the disease.
3. Improves Cardiovascular Health
It was always believed that eating too much fat was a leading cause of heart disease. It’s now thought that it’s potentially a lack of copper in our diet that’s the main cause. A paper on the subject found that almost every factor for heart disease is impacted by a lack of copper, for example high cholesterol, inflammation and low antioxidant levels.
4. Prevention of Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is one of the first signs that your body might be lacking in copper – in one study involving healthy women aged 45-56 years of age those taking a 3mg copper supplement showed no loss in mineral bone density, as opposed to women given a placebo that showed a significant loss.
5. Improves Brain Function
The brain has approximately 100 billion neurons, and copper connects them to 10 thousand other neurons in the body. Copper is vital for the normal formation of the brain and nervous system. A copper deficiency could thus make it harder to learn and remember.
As Professor Chang, a researcher at Berkley in California says, “copper is like a brake or dimmer switch, one for each nerve cell”. When high amounts of copper enter cells, neuron signaling is reduced – when copper levels fall signals resumed correctly.
We’ve shown that copper is vital for our health – we can’t make it in our body so we need to add it to our diet or absorb it through our skin. There aren’t any risks to wearing copper bangles, so we’d encourage you to give them a whirl and see if they work for you. At a bare minimum they’re sleek and stylish and make a fantastic addition to your jewelry collection!