Copper is a naturally occurring essential mineral. It occurs in both nature and in your body. Copper has been used by humans since 8,000 B.C.
Copper reduces inflammation
There have been many studies that show that copper deficiency causes inflammation. The anti-inflammatory role of copper is well known although still largely unexplained. Copper has been used since the renaissance to treat inflammatory and autoimmune disorders.
Most people who suffer from inflammatory conditions such as Arthritis are familiar with NSAIDs or Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory drugs. These medicines are used to treat Arthritis because of their anti-inflammatory properties. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could reduce inflammation without medicine?
What are the other benefits to wearing copper?
Copper is popularly used because of its healing and anti-inflammatory properties. The oxidation process that turns your skin green when you wear copper jewellery causes enzymes to absorb into your skin and enter your bloodstream. Our bodies naturally contain between 1.4 and 2.1mg of copper per Kg of body weight. If this level drops lower, your body then has a copper deficiency which causes imbalance within your body.
Due to the worldwide adoption of processed food, nearly all foods now have reduced levels of copper in them, leading to higher levels of copper deficiency in the general population. This is further impacted in Western diets by the type of food we eat. Beef liver and shellfish are both naturally high in copper, however neither are commonly eaten in a Western diet. In the EU and UK, a staggering half of the adult population consumes less than the daily recommended amount of copper (1). This figure is even further reduced to at least a quarter of people in Canada and the USA.
A copper deficiency has many big impacts on your health. The list of harmful effects of copper deficiency is long. Here is a list of some of the most important risks of copper deficiency:
- Increased risk of heart disease (2)
- Increased cholesterol (3)
- Increased blood pressure (4)
- Increased inflammation
- Fatty liver disease
- Hepatic Iron overload
- Alzheimer's disease (5)
- Osteoporosis (6)
Copper can improve immune function
Copper has been used for more than 4000 years as an immune booster. It was known to be used as far back as 2200 BC to purify water and heal wounds. This is because copper kills or inhibits the growth of bacteria and other microorganisms.
Copper is now being used to fight against the spread of COVID-19. By using a copper coating on surfaces that are touched regularly by people, it is stopping the spread of the virus on surfaces by up to 96% (7).
Copper deficiency can lead to neutropenia, which is a lack of the white blood cells that fight off infection. Studies have shown that copper deficiency can be linked to an increased susceptibility to infection (8).
Why Copper Jewellery?
Copper jewellery possesses special interest and high value for its scientific connection to the fundamental mechanisms of biochemistry. Copper jewellery is also valued for its potential as a broad-spectrum adjuvant therapy.
Copper bracelets are preferred by some over dietary copper or copper supplements for several reasons:
- Gastrointestinal disorders may disrupt copper absorption
- Certain food products such as soy products can disrupt absorption of copper
- Chronic inflammation reduces absorption
- Various oral copper compounds can cause nausea and vomiting
- Regional dietary differences can lead to low copper consumption