Minerals => Micro Element => Copper


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++).

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…

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.

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).


Excess may produce Subtle Toxic Effects.

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

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Author: Manoj

My Research on Ancient (But Highly Intelligent & Advanced) Studies-Ayurveda & So Called Modern Studies (!!) has brought me literally back from Dead! Quit my sailing job in 2009 due Serious Medical Conditions (Severe Vision Loss, Severe Haemorrhoids, Severe Depression...), But few incidences (Rajiv Dixit CD's, Fatal Ailments Getting Cured at High End Ayurveda Ashrams, Khongress Leaders Going to Ayurveda Ashram!!!!!!!) Prompted me towards 'Dedicated & Devoted Studies of The Greatest (Ancient-Original) Medical Science-Ayurveda'.