Copper and Health

In Old Africa, copper was more valuable than gold. It was appreciated for its colour and lustre. Mined from the ground, it was believed to protect from the dangers of the earth. In different parts of the continent, copper was used to disinfect wounds, sterilise drinking water and to treat the pains and stiffness associated with old injuries. Copper bangles adorned and protected the arms and bodies of all those who wore them …

Copper is recognised today for its many health benefits. It is an important dietary mineral and is an essential nutrient critical for normal human metabolism. It can’t be made by the body (because its an element) and has to be ingested.

Copper is good for the skin.

It enables the production of collagen and elastin that are essential for maintaining the skins health and it has been shown to help remove damaged collagen from scar tissue.

It uplifts the spirit.

Copper is used by the body to create the proteins and enzymes that produce adrenaline, noradrenaline, melanin and dopamine (“the happy hormone”).

It assists in breathing.

Copper helps the body absorb iron from the intestines and so plays a role in the production of haemoglobin and red blood cells that carry oxygen in the blood. It also acts as an antioxidant in the form of an enzyme (superoxide dismutase) that neutralises the harmful free radicals that are a dangerous byproduct of oxygen metabolism.

Copper is important for preventing infection.

It has significant biocidal properties and has been shown to kill bacteria, fungi and viruses.

It is good for the bones and joints.

Copper is essential for maintaining bone and connective tissue and is the body’s natural anti-inflammatory thanks to its antioxidant and biocidal properties that assist in removing the causes for inflammation.

Can wearing a copper bangle make a difference?

In its metallic state, copper is insoluble in water but can be dissolved by sweat and sebum (the natural oils produced by the skins sebaceous glands) to form copper ions that are diffusible through the skin.

Disclaimer: The information on this website is not intended as medical advice. You should always consult your doctor when it comes to your personal health.
African Copper Bangles