Health Benefits of Copper – Organic Facts
TRY A COPPER WATER VESSEL:
Copper is considered an essential mineral for our body. Ayurveda recommends storing water overnight in a copper jug and drinking it first thing in the morning for maintaining good health.The water stored this way is called ‘Tamra Jal’ and it helps to balance all three doshas (Kapha, Vata and Pitta.) The metal copper has electromagnetic energy which is called Prana Shakti. Drinking water that is stored for 8-10 hours in a copper vessel is very beneficial. Copper makes the water ionic which helps to maintain body’s pH (acid-alkaline) balance.
According to a 2012 study published in Journal of Health, Population, and Nutrition, storing contaminated water in copper for up to 16 hours at room temperature considerably reduces the presence of the harmful microbes, so much that the researchers inferred that “copper holds promise as a point-of-use solution for microbial purification of drinking-water.
Inadequate copper intake can lead to neutropenia, a deficiency of white blood cells (also called neutrophils). The main function of neutrophils in the body is to fight off infection. The fewer neutrophils you have, the more susceptible you are to infectious diseases.
Copper is a great brain stimulant
Our brain works by transmitting impulses from one neuron to another through an area known as the synapses. These neurons are covered by a sheath called the myelin sheath that acts like a sort of conductive agent – helping the flow of impulses. How does copper figure here you ask? Well, copper actually helps in the synthesis of phospholipids that are essential for the formation of these myelin sheaths. Thereby, making your brain work much faster and more efficiently. Apart from that copper is also known to have anti-convulsive properties (prevents seizures).
Copper aids in weight loss:
If diet just doesn’t seem to be helping you lose weight, try drinking water stored in a copper vessel on a regular basis. Apart from fine tuning your digestive system to perform better, copper also helps your body break down fat and eliminate it more efficiently.
Copper can fight off cancer:
Copper has very strong antioxidant properties that helps fight off free radicals and negate their ill effects – one of the main reasons for the development of cancer. According to the American Cancer Society the exact mechanism of how copper helps prevent the onset of cancer is still not known but some studies have shown that copper complexes have a considerable anti-cancer effect.
Foods sources of copper
Copper is found in a wide variety of foods. Some of the best sources of copper are organ meats, shellfish, nuts, legumes and chocolate:
Beef liver is a good source of copper – 3 oz of beef liver contains 12,400 micrograms.
- Beef liver, 3 oz: 12,400 micrograms
- Oyster meat, 3 oz: 3,630 micrograms
- Crab meat, cooked, 3 oz: 1,005 micrograms
- Mushrooms, cooked, 1 cups: 790 micrograms
- Cashew nuts, raw, 1 oz: 622 micrograms
- Lentils, boiled, 1 cup: 497 micrograms
- Almonds, 1 oz: 292 micrograms
- Chocolate, semi-sweet, 1 oz: 198 micrograms.