Copper is one of the most widely used metals in the world. Electric cables, jewellery, vessels, decorative items, showpieces, furniture have all over the years been made out of copper. Although it may not be as prominent as steel or gold, the world is actually very much dependent on copper. It has been claimed to be first found in Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq)in big beads. Copper is one of the first metals to be found. With various ways of extraction and uses by different empires of this, the metal and its uses have come a long away.
In Indian culture, the use of copper as vessels and jewellery can be traced to the period of the Prehistoric age. So, it is known to us that this unusually heavy metal has several health benefits if consumed in the right amount. In our rich Indian history, Ayurveda has experimented and used copper and its various components to make it into useful things to be used as alloys and have extracted the medicinal properties. Over the years it has been used in medicines and treatments for its many advantages.
Copper like other heavy metals like Mercury and Lead should have traces of it present in the human body for its able functioning. But this essential micronutrient has to be present only in traces as anything more than a specified amount can be deemed harmful. And ironically, not getting enough of it will also cause problems to our health.
In our body copper tends to get stored in our bones and muscles. But unlike some other micronutrients, our body is not capable of producing copper by itself. So, the body can only receive it from external sources. Foods like beans, fish, nuts, oysters, beetroot, avocados, potatoes, peas organ meats chocolates, lentils, and green leafy vegetables provide the body with traces of copper that the body requires. Other than this, drinking 2-3 glasses of water which has been well stored in a copper vessel or a copper bottle can also provide our body with the required amount of copper.
We all know by now that copper is highly beneficial to our body and its well-being. So how is it advantageous? Here is how.
- Copper is antimicrobial which means that it has a high resistance against viruses and can kill any virus in a very short period of time.
- It is an able antioxidant which means that it helps to improve our bodily functions.
- Copper has anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Copper is beneficial to neutralize the toxins that may have entered our body.
- It helps to heal wounds
- Certain components of copper help improve the appearance of a person’s skin and avoid skin- related problems.
- It helps in the regulation of the metabolic processes of our body.
- Having water from a copper vessel or a copper bottle in the morning on an empty stomach can help to ensure the proper functioning of the various organs in our body.
- Copper is essential for our bones and muscles to move and work efficiently.
Copper is a metal that has several advantages to it. It is reusable and recyclable. Moreover, it can be passed down from one generation to the other as it does hold a lot of value and sentiments in Indian culture. As our world is moving towards a more sustainable future it is quite essential that we do away with plastic and start using an alternative like Copper vessels, jewellery, and bottles. What’s more? While using them it provides you with a lot of health benefits and it will make our grandmothers very happy that their antique vessels are finally being put to use. Can this deal get any better?
It is time for this change in our lifestyle. It is high time you make it now.