Benefits of Copper

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Copper Bottles and Cups

Studies have shown that water stored in a copper vessel for at least four hours acquires a certain quality — because copper leaches into the liquid. Since people today use water purifying systems, many of the healthy micronutrients are removed from their water. Drinking water out of a copper cup replenishes the copper stripped by purifying systems.

Uncoated Copper

India has used Copper for centuries, 90% of copper is coated, it will not Oxidize and you will recive no Oligodynamic effect benefits

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  • According to Ayurveda water stored in a copper vessel has the ability to balance all the three doshas in your body, (vata, kapha and pitta) and it does so by positively charging the water.
  • Water is stored in a copper vessel overnight or for over eight hours, a very small amount of copper ions gets dissolved into the water. This process is called Oligo dynamic effect which has the ability to destroy a wide range of harmful microbes, molds, fungi etc.

Copper and its use in India

The shape, design, and material of a copper vessel plays a role in its health benefits. When you store water in a copper bottle overnight, copper ions dissolve in that water in small amounts. This process is called the Oligodynamic Effect as this water now has the potency to kill harmful microbes, fungi and bacteria.

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What is the Oligodynamic effect?

The Oligodynamic effect is the effect some metal ions kill or inhibit the growth of microorganisms and bacteria.

This effect can be observed at extremely low doses. Metals which exhibit the oligodynamic effect include Mercury Silver, copper, brass, bronze, tin, iron, lead and bismuth.
Of all metals, the strongest effect is exerted by mercury and silver.

Copper Cup Benefits: 15 Reasons to (Safely) Drink Copper

What is copper and why is it important?

First, you should know that copper is a reddish metal found in the environment, including rock, dirt, and water. There’s even small amounts of copper in the air.

Copper is an important trace element that helps the body function properly. The body doesn’t make copper, so we need to absorb it through our food and water.

Some food sources of copper are:

However, according to Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology,

Why do people drink out of copper mugs?

Long ago, people in the Far East found that water stored in copper vessels tasted better and kept fresh longer. Scientists discovered that copper has an oligodynamic effect — which means copper can kill bacteria. It also kills viruses, algae, mold, spores, and fungi.

Studies have shown that water stored in a copper vessel for at least four hours acquires a certain quality — because copper leaches into the liquid. Since people today use water purifying systems, many of the healthy micronutrients are removed from their water. Drinking water out of a copper cup replenishes the copper stripped by purifying systems.

But since liquids aren’t all the same, leaching can cause problems. I’ll get to that in a minute.


What are the health benefits of copper?

Drinking water out of a copper cup has many health benefits. Here are 15 of them, in no particular order:

Copper kills bacteria.

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Like mentioned above, copper is oligodynamic and can destroy bacteria, including E.coli and S.aureus — two common bacteria that cause serious illness. Copper also helps prevent bacteria that causes diarrhea from drinking bad water. In fact, drinking out of copper vessels is one way for countries with poor sanitation systems to enjoy cleaner water, and thus keep healthier.

Copper improves your digestive system.

Copper helps stimulate peristalsis, the contraction and relaxation of stomach muscles, which moves waste products (feces) through the intestines and out of the body. Copper also helps kill harmful inflammation-causing bacteria in the gut, possibly improving ulcers, indigestion, and infections. A healthy gut is important in order for the body to absorb proper nutrients.

According to ancient Indian Ayurvedic teachings, drinking water stored in copper vessels (such as a copper water bottle or a copper water cup) first thing in the morning on an empty stomach detoxifies and cleanses your digestive system.

That being said, too much copper can damage your “good” intestinal bacteria and cause diarrhea. We’ll talk about having too much copper in your system in a minute.

Copper strengthens your immune system.

Copper has antioxidant properties. Antioxidants help decrease free radicals which are harmful to the immune system. Drinking water from a copper cup routinely can boost your antioxidants and, therefore, boost your immune system. And because copper helps eliminate harmful bacteria, your immune system doesn’t have to work as hard — which will also keep you healthy.

Copper increases your energy level.

Copper helps make an important enzyme in the body called adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is basically energy. When you drink water from a copper cup, you are providing copper needed for your body to make more energy.

Copper balances your thyroid.

Not having enough copper in your system (copper deficiency) can cause your thyroid gland to regulate hormones improperly. Drinking water from a copper vessel provides the copper needed by the thyroid gland to stay balanced and function properly.

Copper helps with weight loss.

We’ve already learned that copper helps regulate the thyroid and helps make energy through ATP. Both of these speed up the metabolism and create energy for fat burning, which in turn may help you lose weight.

Copper improves your brain function.

Copper is needed to make phospholipids, a type of fat (lipids) used to give cells form and to build a protective barrier around them. Of all your organs, the brain has the highest concentration of lipids.

These lipids help electrical impulses shoot from nerve to nerve, giving signals to the rest of the body, telling it what to do. They also help with memory storage.

Changes in lipid levels may lead to problems in the brain, such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the most common type of dementia among older people.

Copper decreases your risk of cancer.

Copper has antioxidants which fight off free radicals. Studies show free radicals in large amounts damage the body’s cells which can then lead to cancer. Antioxidants help neutralize these free radicals preventing them from causing damage.

Copper helps your heart and blood pressure.

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Copper helps prevent plaque from accumulating in the coronary arteries, decreasing your risk of heart attack. Copper also helps your blood vessels dilate, which improves blood flow to the heart and helps regulate your blood pressure.

Copper helps protect your liver.

Copper deficiency appears to be a factor in Non-Alcoholic Fatty-Liver Disease (NAFLD), a syndrome where fat cells replace healthy cells in the liver, causing other metabolic problems.

Copper helps prevent anemia.

Copper helps the body absorb, use, and maintain iron — preventing anemia.

Copper decreases joint inflammation and arthritic pain.

Copper has anti-inflammatory properties which may help relieve aches and pains caused by inflamed joints — such as in arthritis.

Copper helps heal wounds.

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Enzymes use copper to produce new cells in the body, particularly new skin cells, which is key for tissue healing. Since copper also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, copper helps wounds heal faster.

Copper slows down signs of aging.

Copper has antioxidant properties which fight off free radicals, one of the main causes of fine lines in the skin. Since copper helps produce new, healthy skin cells to replace the old dying ones, it helps you look younger.

Copper helps strengthen hair.

Copper is used by enzymes to make melanin, the pigment that creates our skin, hair, and eye colors. Copper also improves circulation at the hair follicle level which promotes hair growth. Having enough copper in the body may help your hair stay lush longer, and slow the inevitable age when your hair turns gray.

Copper promotes healthy skin.

Copper promotes healthy skin in several ways.

So there you have it — 15 ways drinking from a copper cup benefits you. Now let’s take a look at the other side of the proverbial coin.

Side-effects of drinking water from a copper mug: is copper bad for you?

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People often ask, “Is it safe to drink out of copper?”

Generally, yes. According to experts, copper toxicity is possible but not common.

But beware! You have an increased risk of having too much copper in your system IF

Like a bad trip, acid is the culprit.

Liquids with a pH < 6.0 (acid) such as alcohol, fruit juices, and vinegar increase copper leaching.

In fact, the FDA prohibits food with a pH less than 6.0 to come into direct contact with copper and copper alloys (such as brass).

That’s why a popular alcoholic beverage called the Moscow Mule — which is often served in an unlined copper mug — has been banned in some areas.

Like Switzerland, water is neutral.

The pH of pure water is 7, which is neutral. The pH of drinking water varies, but it’s generally between 6.5–7.5.

Drinking water out of a copper cup every morning carries very little risk of copper toxicity.

Bottom line, know the pH of your water— because pH is the key to drinking water from an unlined copper mug safely.

What are signs of excessive copper exposure?

Copper toxicity is rare. But excessive long-term copper exposure can cause:

Why doesn’t everybody drink from copper? The “copper water bottle” controversy.

Not everybody recognizes copper cup benefits.

According to Michael Lynch, MD, medical director of the Pittsburgh Poison Center, “There’s probably no real health benefit or risk from drinking from a copper cup. They’re safe to use, but there’s probably no benefit.”

Again, from the Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology:

And David Eisenberg, adjunct associate professor of nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in a PBS NewsHour segment said:

He went on to add:

But apparently our ancestors knew a thing or two about the health benefits of drinking out of a copper vessel. So…

Go ahead and buy that copper water bottle!

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You’ve now learned the health benefits of copper, why some copper vessels can be dangerous, and how drinking water from a copper mug is safe.

Now it’s time for you to enjoy the health benefits of drinking from a copper cup or water bottle. One that puts the micronutrients your body needs to keep you healthy back into your system.

Article by Dawn Bauman on Medium


Health Effects of Excess Copper

“The amount that was in his body could have only got there if he had eaten it”

  • Acute GI effects of copper, including nausea and vomiting, have been seen in case reports and epidemiological studies. Dose-response information is difficult to determine from those studies.
  • Recent controlled human experimental studies have demonstrated a dose-response relationship for the acute GI effects of copper.
  • Acute copper toxicity does not seem to pose a significant reproductive risk for humans. In experimental animals, high concentrations of dietary copper do not pose a reproductive risk unless food intake is reduced. High concentrations of copper given by injection can be teratogenic, but the significance of that finding in humans is unclear.
  • Copper metal is inactive in most assays of mutagenicity, although it can induce chromosomal and DNA damage via a free-radical-mediated mechanism under the appropriate conditions.
  • There is inadequate evidence that copper plays a direct role in the development of cancer in humans.
  • In sensitive human populations, the major target of chronic copper toxicity is the liver. In Wilson disease, neurological toxicity also occurs.
  • Based on cases of TIC, ICC, and ICT, there appears to be a subset of the population sensitive to hepatic copper toxicity. Cases generally occur in infants or young children, have a familial pattern suggestive of recessive inheritance, and usually involve increased ingestion of copper in milk or water. The data suggest that a gene causes a predisposition to copper-induced liver cirrhosis. Given that some heterozygous carriers of the Wilson gene accumulate abnormal concentrations of copper, a reasonable hypothesis is that carriers of mutations of this gene comprise the infants with copper toxicosis disorders. An alternative hypothesis is that an unknown copper-susceptibility gene is present in many populations. Irrespective of which hypothesis is correct, increase in the ingestion of copper should be cautioned against until the hepatic susceptibility is clearly identified.
  • In general, studies on the toxicity of copper in animals provide little information except for some data on physiological, biochemical, and pathological aspects of copper metabolism or chronic toxicity relevant to human dietary concentrations of copper.
  • Although animal models provide some qualitative insight into the toxicology of copper, they are of limited value for establishing dose-response relationships in humans.
  • The LEC rat, an inbred mutant strain isolated from the Long-Evans rat, is prone to copper toxicosis because of a defective ATP7B copper transporter. This illustrates how genetic errors in experimental animal models can result in syndromes that more closely represent the human situation. Therefore, such models are useful for studying human genetic defects.
  • There are few studies in animals that evaluate copper in drinking water. Therefore, the differences in the bioavailability of copper in food versus drinking water are not well established.

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