Ayurvedic Health Benefits of Copper
In India, it has been used to sterilize drinking water since a long time and the practice is still continued in many households. Copper cups and vessels have been used for wellness in Ayurveda for thousands of years.
Ayurveda states that copper has purifying and anti-infective properties, due to which the usage of copper cups, plates and tongue cleaners is recommended for holistic wellness.
Copper therapy is an ancient healing technique used by many people even today. It involves the practice of drinking water in the morning that’s been kept overnight in a copper vessel. The water is called ‘Tamra Jal‘ and is beneficial for balancing all the doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha).
Health Benefits of Copper Consumption
One of the greatest mysteries in life has always been, “How is water stored in a copper vessel different from that of any other container?”
Here are the healing properties of water stored in a copper vessel:
Immunity booster: According to a 2012 study published in Journal of Health, Population, and Nutrition, the copper ions that are infused into the water are antibacterial in nature and therefore help build immunity.
Improves digestion and helps in losing weight: Copper has an ability to kill harmful bacteria and reduce inflammation in the stomach. This makes it a great cure for ulcers, indigestion and various GI tract infections. It also helps in breaking down body fat, cleansing and detoxification.
Heal your wounds and build a strong immune system: The red metal is known for its anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s helpful for healing both, external and internal wounds of the body. It also helps in building a strong immune system and aids in production of new cells.
Fights against aging and cell damage: Having strong antioxidant properties, copper helps in fighting against free radicals and negating their ill effects. Free radicals are the reason for aging and cellular damage.
Topical Benefits of Copper
As the human skin is porous in nature, copper jewelry helps in the body’s absorption of trace minerals into the bloodstream. For a person suffering from deficiency of copper, wearing copper jewelry is advantageous as it is absorbed by the skin naturally (with the help of a process called transdermal micronutrition (TDM)), fulfilling the need of the mineral required by the body.
Studies at Scientia Press show that copper bracelet health benefits include easing headaches, arthritis and joint pain. It is recommended to use pure copper (that consists of 99.9% copper), along with minute amount of tin and zinc, which are also beneficial for the body.
Green skin is a common thing to observe when wearing copper jewelry. While it is natural that the metal reacts to the salty sweat on our skin when we are out in the sun or exercising, it is also a great indicator of acid levels in the body.
If you find that your skin turns green frequently then look into your food habits as highly acidic, processed food and red meats could be affecting your health. Remember that the more acidic your body, the higher the risk of falling ill. This is why copper jewelry is a brilliant gauge to determine if your health is not in top shape.
Too much of anything is not healthy for the body. Exposure to excess copper leads to neurological alterations and mental illness. Due to widespread occurrence of copper in our food, copper toxicity may occur. Copper toxicity refers to the buildup of stored bio-unavailable copper in the human body that affects both physical and mental health.
The symptoms of copper toxicity include brain fog, fatigue and adrenal burnout.
The diseases where you should avoid consumption of copper are hemolytic anemia, asthma, gastroenteritis, liver cirrhosis, Alzheimer’s, Wilson, Parkinson’s and motor neuron disorders. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agricultural Administration (FAA) recommend that an average intake of copper shouldn’t exceed 12 mg/day for adult males and 10 mg/day for adult females.
Pro tip – Excess copper in the body can be removed by the consumption of zinc.