Ayurvedic use of copper vessels dates back many centuries, and it is among the oldest examples of practicing preventative natural health. It was observed that people drinking water from copper vessels tended to recover from an injury faster and more completely than expected.
Ancient Egyptians used copper vessels to keep water fresh. They had observed that copper was a good material for storing water, and realized the natural health benefits of drinking water stored in copper vessels. It was also observed that animals drinking from copper vessels and plants watered with copper-rich water were healthier than those that didn’t.
Scientists have now discovered that copper ions can kill harmful bacteria, a capability not found in any other metals. Findings suggest that copper vessels are lethal to organisms such as: E.Coli, Meticillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), Campylobacter Jejuni, and Salmonella. Copper can act on these organisms under different conditions, whether it is the water pH or temperature.
Safety of leached copper does not appear to be an issue since studies have shown that the current WHO guideline of 2mg Cu/L is safe, and the levels leached in the study were 1/20th of the permissible limits, making it safe for drinking.
Another study showed that E.Coli bacteria survived over 28 days on a stainless steel surface, but were completely killed after only 90 minutes of contact on a copper surface! Modern science calls this the oligodynamic effect—the inherently toxic effect of certain metals on pathogens.
Placement of copper objects in intensive care unit (ICU) of hospital rooms have shown to reduce the number of healthcare-acquired infections in patients by more than half.
SYMPTOMS OF COPPER DEFICIENCY
Our body needs copper only in small amounts, but we often don’t eat enough copper-rich foods. Copper is needed in many bodily functions. It helps efficient utilization of iron, is needed for proper enzymatic activities, for healthy metabolic functioning, for synthesis of connective tissues, for increasing energy production, and many other uses in the body.
A deficiency in copper, therefore, can have the following negative effects in our body, and this is just a short list!
- Anemia and low white blood cell count
- Brittle bones leading to osteoporosis
- Oxidation of LDL cholesterol that causes heart problems
- Poor immune system, low resistance to infections
- Thyroid disorders
- Low body temperature
- Water retention
- Stunted growth
- Hair loss and premature hair greying
- Skin problems
Our body cannot synthesize copper, so we need to obtain it from dietary sources. Copper is present in small amounts in various foods such as in meat, seafood, whole grains, beans, legumes, all nuts (avoid peanuts), leafy greens, garlic, and root vegetables. Among these natural foods, oysters are the richest source of copper. Eating any of these foods that have been processed (packaged or canned) will not provide you any copper as copper content is lost in processing and prolonged storage in a highly acidic environment.
A very good way of getting constant supply of copper for your body in sufficient amounts, is by drinking water from copper vessels and preparing food in copper cookware.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF DRINKING COPPER WATER
Due to the many ailments that copper deficiency can cause, it makes sense that by supplying it in sufficient quantity may reverse these ailments. Below are just a few of the health benefits of drinking water from copper vessels. There are too many to list!
1. Improves Brain Function and Health
Copper leached into your water can synthesize phospholipids that help in the formation of myelin sheath (nerve coating). This helps the neurotransmitters to transmit signals faster and with more efficiency. It improves brain function and health, acts as a brain stimulant and can prevent seizures due to its anti-convulsive properties.
2. Reduces The Risk Of Cancer And Anti-Aging
Copper is an antioxidant and has anti-carcinogenic properties. Due to its strong antioxidant properties, it can neutralize free radicals and toxins in the body that are causing damages and cell mutations (cancerous).
Antioxidants in copper can also help to slow down aging in your body, and your external appearance. It promotes healthy cells regeneration, reducing your fine lines and wrinkles. Having enough copper in your daily diet can keep you looking younger for longer!
3. Relieves Inflammatory Pains
Due to copper’s strong anti-inflammatory properties, drinking copper-rich water can provide relief to arthritis and joint pain. It has also been shown to be beneficial for reducing headaches and fatigue.
As copper is also a mineral that is needed for bone-building, it helps reduce deterioration and inflammation of bones that can lead to osteoporosis.
4. Reduces Hypertension And Maintains Cardiovascular Health
Copper helps minimize oxidation of LDL cholesterol, reduces plaque buildup in arteries and prevents hardening of the arteries. It helps regulate blood pressure, heart rate and triglyceride levels. With these benefits, blood flow to the heart is improved and circulation is enhanced.
We know that when blood circulation is efficient, blood is able to carry nutrients and oxygen to all parts of the body, preventing the numbness and tingling feeling you may feel on your fingers and toes.
5. Improves Blood Quality
People who are anemic may experience symptoms such as fatigue, muscle aches, shortness of breath, dizziness, tingling or crawling feeling in the arms and legs.
Copper is needed for efficient utilization of iron. Iron is essential for blood-building and keeping anemia at bay. It helps keep a good level of hemoglobin (iron) and regulate its flow in your blood vessels.
Copper also helps improve white blood cell count. We know that white blood cells (leukocytes) are the cells of the immune system that are involved in protecting your body against infectious and foreign invaders. Having a high count of leukocytes means having a strong immune system that is able to fight against harmful and disease-causing microbes.
6. Prevents Thyroid Diseases
People with thyroid diseases are often found to be lacking in copper in their body, and this is commonly seen in hyper and hypothyroidism. Copper is an important trace mineral that the thyroid gland needs to function optimally, thus a deficiency can cause the thyroid gland to go out of sync. Regular consumption of copper-rich water helps make up for your copper deficiency and improve your thyroid function.
7. Helps Maintain A Good pH Balance
Copper ions in water help to maintain a good balance of pH level in the body, making the body a conducive and healthy environment for beneficial bacteria, and toxic to harmful bacteria. It helps eliminate discomforts such as acidity and can reduce gas and bloating. Drinking copper-rich water has also been reported to be beneficial for digestive issues and healing for intestinal ulcers.
8. Improves Melanin Production
One of the main reasons for premature greying of hair is due to deficiency of certain minerals such as copper. Copper is essential for producing melanin, the pigment that gives color to your eyes, skin and hair. Lack of melanin can also cause irregular pigmentation on your skin.
9. Quicker Healing Of Wounds And Infections
Due to copper’s anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, it helps stop an infection in its tracks for quicker healing. As were shown in various studies (see references below), copper is able to destroy many types of bacteria including E.Coli, MRSA and Salmonella. Its ability for cell regeneration also helps ensure speedy tissue-healing of wounds.
HOW TO DRINK FROM COPPER VESSELS
First of all, get a few copper vessels. Clean out your brand new copper vessels using a cut lemon or lime. Rinse well. If your vessels are pure copper, they should glow in a nice reddish colour.
Fill up your copper vessels with pure filtered drinking water, add a few slices of organic lemon in the water, and leave them overnight. The lemon acts as a catalyst to help your body absorb the copper even better.
Drink this water throughout the day.
WEAR COPPER BRACELETS FOR TRANSDERMAL MICRONUTRITION
While on the topic of benefiting from the many health advantages of copper, people have also reported positive results from wearing copper bracelets.
Copper bracelets deliver its properties transdermally (through your skin). Along with drinking copper-rich water, wearing a copper bracelet may also help supply your body with this mineral for reversing ailments caused by copper deficiency.
Copper bracelets have become popular due to its healing properties. By wearing copper bracelets for some time, people have reported reduction in aches and pains, especially when these ailments are caused by copper deficiency. It may also help reduce headaches and migraines, carpal tunnel and other pain.
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