copper utensils and their remarkable benefits

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copper utensils and their remarkable benefits

1. Drinking water from a copper vessel is a good habit!

Drinking water from a copper vessel is a good habit!

Copper is considered an essential mineral for the human body. According to Ayurveda, water stored in a copper vessel has the ability to balance all the three doshas (vata, kapha and pitta). According to health experts, it does so by positively charging the water. The water stored in a copper vessel is known as ‘Tamara Jal’ and is meant to be consumed only after at least eight hours. But, the point is, what are the benefits of drinking water from a copper vessel? Listed below are the reasons that make it a healthy habit to be followed by people of all age groups. For instance, copper fights off free radicals that cause aging. Packed with strong anti-oxidant and cell forming properties, copper helps avoid the formation of fine lines and leads to the production of new healthy skin cells. Also, it helps in eliminating extra body fat efficiently; fine-tunes the digestive system and thus helps in losing the extra kilos. Even in homeopathy, drinking water stored in a copper vessel has been highly recommended. According to the American Cancer Society, copper has been found to help regulate blood pressure, heart rate and lowers one’s cholesterol and triglyceride levels. These are just a few benefits, read below to know what all copper can do to your body.

2. Infection fighter

Infection fighter

Copper is ‘Oligodynamic’ in nature (the sterilizing effect of metals on bacteria). It destroys all sorts of bacteria effectively and thus prevents common water-borne diseases like diarrhea, dysentery, and jaundice.

 

3. Better digestion

Better digestion

Copper helps in cleansing and detoxifying stomach. It also regulates the working of liver and kidneys. It increases the absorption of nutrients from food too.

4. Fights cancer and hypertension

Fights cancer and hypertension

According to the American Cancer Society, copper has been found to help regulate blood pressure, heart rate and lowers one’s cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

5. Controls aging

Controls ageing

Copper fights off free radicals that cause ageing. Packed with strong anti-oxidant and cell forming properties, copper helps avoid the formation of fine lines and causes the production of new healthy skin cells.

6. Regulates thyroid gland

Regulates thyroid gland

According to health experts, people suffering from thyroid diseases, usually have low levels of copper. Drinking water from the copper vessel helps maintain the required thyroid hormones level and prevent hyperthyroidism (low levels of thyroid hormone) and hypothyroidism (low levels of thyroid hormone).

7. Beats anemia

Beats anemia

Interestingly, copper is an essential mineral required in the body. In the entire process of absorbing and using iron in the body, copper helps boost the levels of haeme (iron) also regulates its flow in the blood vessels.

8. Weight loss

Weight loss

It helps in eliminating extra body fat efficiently. It also fine tunes the digestive system and thus helps in losing extra kilos.

9. Helps heal wounds faster

Helps heal wounds faster

Copper is high on anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties and that’s the reason is considered a great tool for healing wounds quickly. Also, it is known to strengthen the immune system and helps in the production of new cells

Since prehistoric times, copper has played a vital role in the healthy existence of the human race. From hair and eyes to skin and bones, copper has some amazing benefits for both your wellness and beauty. Since copper cannot be produced naturally by the body, it needs to be supplemented by external sources. This is why the use of copper is being extended from pots and plumbing fixtures to textiles and medical technology.

10.Helps You Stay Youthful

Collagen is essential for the production of elastic that keeps your skin firm, glowing and youthful. Sleeping on a copper infused mattress will help safeguard your cell membranes from free radicals that cause aging and promote the production of collagen, giving you that radiant glow.


11.Accelerates Weight Loss

Adding copper to your daily diet will boost your metabolism, help break down fat deposits and keep your body in the fat burning mode to accelerate your weight loss efforts.

An easy way to introduce copper to your daily regime is by drinking water stored in a copper vessel first thing in the morning.


12.Inhibits the Growth of Harmful Bacteria

Copper can effectively inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria, fungi, and microbes. When bonded in textiles, it can destroy a lot of harmful viruses and various fungi and also help keep several skin allergies at bay.


13.Helps Produce Melanin

Copper is a vital element of melanin – the dark pigment that imparts a natural color to the hair, skin, and eyes. Melanocytes control the production of melanin in the presence of an enzyme called tyrosine. Tyrosine contains copper which catalyzes the production of melanin, prevents the greying of hair and keeps you looking younger for longer.


14.Improves Brain Functions

Copper is a highly effective brain stimulant as it plays a control function in the brain. It is also widely known as an aid to the understanding of cognitive processes and is directly associated with neural pathways that play a vital role within the brain when it comes to creative thinking and higher thought processes.


15.Boosts Blood Circulation

Copper aids in the absorption of iron in the intestines and helps in releasing iron when needed by the liver for essential body processes. It regulates blood flow and boosts blood circulation while maintaining a healthy count of red blood cells and ensuring adequate oxidation of all the internal organs.


16.Keeps You Energetic All Day Long

Adenosine triphosphate is the powerhouse of the human body and copper plays a vital role in the synthesis of adenosine triphosphate. Copper acts as a catalyst in lowering the level of molecular oxygen to water in order to facilitate the synthesis of ATP, which is why copper deficiency can lead to lack of energy and fatigue.


17.Drives Enzymatic Reactions

Copper is either an element or a catalyst in more than 50 enzymes that are responsible for biological reactions in the body. Copper is essential for these enzymes to function properly and in harmony. In the absence of copper, metabolism slows down and the chain of biological reactions ceases to work in sync with various organs of the body.

Copper is specifically important for optimal functioning of brain pathways specifically those involving galactose and dopamine.

If you want to enjoy copper health benefits, there are many easy ways to include it in your day-to-day life and daily diet including wearing copper jewelry, copper clothing, cooking in copper utensils, drinking water from copper pots, consuming copper-rich foods and sleeping on a copper-infused mattress.

Frequently-touched surfaces in busy areas – such as hospitals, airports, public buildings – are at high risk of community-acquired and healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus(MSSA).

Bacteria deposited on a surface by one person touching it, or via contaminated body fluids (like a sneeze), can be picked up by anyone else who touches the same surface and spread elsewhere, potentially causing thousands of infections worldwide. There were over 800 cases of MRSA and almost 10,000 cases of MSSA reported by English NHS acute Trusts between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015.

19.Incredibly, in previous Southampton studies, simulated ‘droplet contamination’ of MRSA – representing a sneeze or a splash – showed it was rapidly killed on copper and copper alloy surfaces. But real contamination of surfaces usually happens with touching things, right? Copper takes care of that too.


 

Dr. Sarah Warnes, the lead author of this new research, explains:

“Our latest research shows that in simulated fingertip contamination of surfaces with millions of MRSA or MSSA, the cells can remain alive for long periods on non-antimicrobial surfaces – such as stainless steel – but are killed even more rapidly than droplet contamination on copper and copper alloys. Exposure to copper damages the bacterial respiration and DNA, resulting in irreversible cell breakdown and death.”


 


This new paper, published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology, demonstrates that MRSA dies on copper surfaces by a multifaceted attack from copper ions and reactive oxygen species (ROS).

Professor Bill Keevil, Chair of Environmental Healthcare at the University of Southampton and the paper’s co-author, explains the significance of these findings:

“It’s important to understand the mechanism of copper’s antimicrobial efficacy because microorganisms have evolved various mechanisms to convey resistance to disinfectants and antibiotics. Our work shows that copper targets various cellular sites, not only killing bacterial and viral pathogens, but also rapidly destroying their nucleic acid genetic material so there is no chance of mutation occurring and nothing to pass on to other microbes, a process called horizontal gene transfer. Consequently, this helps prevent breeding the next generation of superbug.”

Touch surfaces made from solid antimicrobial copper are already used by hospitals, schools, mass transit hubs, sports facilities and offices around the world to reduce the spread of infections, supporting key infection control measures such as good hand hygiene and regular surface cleaning and disinfection.

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