Copper and You
A History of Copper
For over 5,000 years, the ancient medicine of longevity in India, Ayurveda, has recommended the use of copper kettles to store water overnight to drink in the morning. The ancient Egyptians were the first to recognize the benefits of copper by incorporating it into their cosmetics. It was most widely used in their eye shadow but older texts show instances of it being used for medicinal purposes. The discovery of Copper peptide (GHK-Cu), early in the 20th century, sparked a rapid development in science. In 1973, Dr. Loren Pickart, PhD, found copper peptide to have anti-aging properties and in 1983, scientifically proved copper peptide to be beneficial against hair loss and wounds.
Benefits of Copper
In 2008, the U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) designated copper as an antimicrobial. Through numerous studies, copper has shown to have immense germ killing capabilities. A recent study from the Centre for Biological Science at the University of Southampton showed a head to head comparison of copper and stainless steel and how long viruses can last on those surfaces. In about 10 minutes, the copper surface showed almost no signs of any viruses left on its surface.
Copper is a vital nutrient for the body. Together with iron, it enables the body to make red blood cells. It helps maintain healthy bones, blood vessels, nerves and immune function and can contribute to iron absorption. Sufficient copper in your diet may help prevent cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. Too little copper in your system can lead to neutropenia. This can create a deficiency of white blood cells, or neutrophils, which fight off infection. Low levels of neutrophils can increase the likelihood of getting an infectious disease. Copper, when absorbed into the bloodstream, in small and negligible quantities can create a physiological balance in the body. This can negate the toxic effects of several high-toxic metals in the body. Copper can trigger enzymes to help create hemoglobin in your body.
The Roman Empire used copper pipes in an effort to improve the public health. They knew the benefits of copper that they used it for drinking water and made cooking utensils from it. It was common knowledge that copper helped to stop the spread of illness and disease. Copper is an essential metallic element for human health.
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