Minerals => Micro Element => Copper

Copper-Utensil

What Copper Does? It Alleviates Vata & Kapha (Pacifies Nervous System & Purifies Blood) but May Alleviate Pitta (Though Mildly). Now Copper has shown to be Antagonistic to Silver (Which is just about 1 mg in Human Body) & Selenium. Copper is present in our Body from Birth, but is not synthesised in Our Body. In our Body, ‘Cu’ is mostly stored in Our Bones & Muscles. Performs many important functions in the body:

  • Helps Iron Metabolism – Production of RBC’s in the body,
  • Nervous System-Immune System,
  • Helps form Collagen & Elastin production (Structural Protein of Connective Tissues),
  • Acts as an Anti-Oxidant,
  • Energy Production in the Body,
  • Aids production of Melanin (Skin Pigmentation – Improves Skin Elasticity – Eradicates fine lines/Wrinkles) (Copper Sulphate – Historically used in case of Sores & Skin Diseases),
  • Possesses potent Biocidal Properties (High Concentration Copper Solution has been found to be lethal against Hard to Kill Bacteria, Fungi & Viruses) (Biocidal Properties have been observed in all of its Oxidative State => Cu, Cu+ & Cu++) (Interestingly Layer of Cu2O has been found to be as lethal against Micro-organisms as Cu, Cu+ & Cu++).
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Other few interesting Medicinal Properties of Various Oxidative States of Copper (used Internally & Externally) (Remember Copper ions are also liberally absorbed by our Skin) are:

  • Effective against Haemorrhoids,
  • Effective against Tonsillitis,
  • Various Eye Ailments,
  • General Wound Healing,
  • Storing water Dis-infected for long duration.
  • Healing Skin Sores,
  • Muscle Spasms,
  • Renal disorders,
  • Circulatory System Disorders,
  • Potent Anti-Inflammatory Agent,
  • Positive Results in Improving Brain & Liver Functions – Though More research is Required,
  • All the three Oxidative States of Copper have also been found to be effective Fungicides,
  • Copper salicylate form has been found to be highly anti-viral, anti-inflammatory & anti-epileptic and so on…
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Reasons for Shortage of Copper: Unbalanced Diet, High Intake of Zinc or Iron Sources / Supplements, Side-Effects of Medicines-Supplements…

Copper Deficiency may lead to:

  • Anaemia,
  • Deteriorating Bone-Skin Health (Loss of Pigment),
  • Low Body Temperature,
  • Low WBC Health,
  • Irregular Heartbeat-Coronary Heart Disease (Accumulation of Bad Cholesterol in the Body),
  • Thyroid Problems,
  • Infertility…

Rich Source of Copper (An Adult Human Body contains app. 1.5-2 mg/Kg Weight of Human Body):

Plant Sources:           Whole Grains-Cereals, Wheat Sprouts, Green Leafy Vegetables, Legumes (Lentils, Beans, Peanuts), Nuts (Cashews, Hazelnuts, Almonds, Pistachios…), Tomatoes, Potatoes, Poppy Seeds, Blackstrap Molasses.

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Herbs:                         Black Pepper, Fennel Seeds (सौंफ),

Fruit Sources:            Bananas, Grapes, Avocado, Pineapples.

Animal Sources:        Oysters, Crab…

Please do bear with me – I am just not inclined to detail non-vegetarian sources!!

Daily Recommended Values:

Adults:                        1000 – 5000 mcg/Day or 1 – 5 mg/Day (Non-Toxic even till the consumption of 10 mg/Day).

Contra-Indications:

Excess may produce Subtle Toxic Effects.

A component of Every-One’s First-Aid Kit: Colloidal Copper

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