The Healing Powers of Copper
What would spring to mind if we said 'copper' and 'health' in the same sentence? Most people would mention that wearing a copper bracelet can reduce the symptoms of rheumatism and arthritis. And whilst there is no scientific proof for this, many individuals swear by it.
In reality, copper can do much more than that. In fact, it has been used as a folk remedy for many thousands of years, both internally and externally.
Copper is one of the essential trace minerals we all need for survival. It is found in all our body tissues, particularly the brain, heart, liver, kidneys and muscle. You might have heard about studies into the possible connection between copper and Alzheimer's disease.
Copper plays a major role in producing red blood cells, maintaining nerve cells and boosting the immune system. And because it helps us absorb iron, it is also used in energy production. Whilst copper deficiency is rare these days it can happen. That can lead to neutropenia (lack of white blood cells), which affects our ability to fight off infection.
As we age copper becomes even more important. A serious copper deficiency can lead to low bone mineral density, prompting a higher risk of osteoporosis. Copper also helps our bodies maintain collagen and elastin. Without these, the body is unable to repair damaged connective tissue or maintain our structural integrity.
And, as all the beauty magazines tell us, the higher our collagen levels the more chance we have of preventing skin ageing.
These are just some of the ways in which we can boost our health and wellbeing by maintaining our internal copper levels. However, there's still more that copper can to help us.
Copper is antimicrobial, which basically means it can kill bacteria. This is why many door handles - especially in hospitals and public buildings - are made from brass (a mix of copper and zinc).
Most interestingly, copper has long been used in the ancient Indian health science, Ayurveda. Believed to bring balance and harmony to our minds and bodies, it is recommended we wear brass or copper jewellery against our skin.
The Ancients believed that copper was a powerful conductor of spiritual and healing energy, especially when combined with healing crystals. It can enhance psychic abilities, amplify our thoughts and boost mental agility. Legend has it that witches used it to make wands due to its amazing powers.
New Age healers believe it essential for revitalising body, mind and soul, cleansing negative thoughts, boosting self-esteem and freeing us of emotional baggage.
Whatever your personal beliefs, one thing's for sure: maintaining your internal copper levels, and introducing more copper to your home or work environment, is one of the best things you could do in 2018.