By Beatrice Quany
Copper is primarily a trace mineral, which is important for a variety of reasons in our bodies. It is an essential mineral found in plant life and the human body. All around the world, copper has been used for thousands of years in the creation of jewelry, cookware, alternative medicine, etc. and is a widely available natural mineral, which is beautiful and quite affordable. Pure copper is soft and malleable and has been used with other minerals for many other uses.
When copper is exposed to air, acidity, sweat and chemicals, it reacts and oxidizes. Because everyone is different, copper jewelry could cause one person’s skin to go green, while for another, it will have no reaction to the skin. The skin going green means that the person has more acidity in their body, from various things such as poor diet and stress, which cause pH imbalances in the body. During homeostasis (the process during which the body seeks and maintains a condition of balance or equilibrium within its internal environment), there will be no effect on the skin. However, everyone will notice a faint green mark on their wrist or finger every once in a while (when noted, this tint is easily washed away or will absorb into the skin overnight). An alkalizing diet can help with this.
Presently, we know of the health benefits of copper to include:
1. Relieving stiff joints and joint pain from arthritis
Copper jewelry is helpful in reducing the symptoms of arthritis. You can easily get bracelets and other jewelry used to cure the condition. When wearing a bracelet, tiny amounts of copper rub off and on to the skin where it is absorbed and can help to rebuild cartilage and ease inflammation. While some believe this is simply a placebo effect, research is ongoing.
2. Helpful in wound healing
Copper is one crucial mineral that plays a vital role in the healing process, to make sure wounds heal better and faster. It is a cofactor in the enzymatic reactions that cause endothelial growth, an important factor in the healing of tissue. Wearing copper jewelry supports the circulatory system and the immune system, helping the body to move white blood cells to the site of infections and promote healing.
3. Essential in the production of collagen
This essential nutrient plays a considerable role in collagen synthesis, as well as myelin, hemoglobin, and melanin synthesis. Copper also protects the myelin sheath that surrounds the nerves, and is actively involved in the elastin production processes. Elastin is the connective tissue element that maintains the flexibility of the skin. Many people who wear copper jewelry report that their skin feels firmer, tighter and more youthful.
4. Proper growth of various body tissue and organs
Copper is important for healthy and normal growth of the human body. It is quite helpful in the protection of the nervous, cardiovascular, and skeletal tissue and organs. Copper deficiencies have been associated with growth defects in children. Investing in a copper anklet for your child is a safe way to increase the levels of copper within the body and potentially provide the valuable growth benefits associated with this essential element.
5. Boosting the immune system
The mineral is a great immunity builder, which assists in the absorption of iron and in turn helps prevent anemia. This will also allow the body to defend itself much better, and heal itself faster. Wearing a copper ring, bracelet or necklace helps your body to fight off free radicals and remain healthy even during troublesome cold and flu seasons.
6. Helpful in energy production
Copper helps in the synthesis of the energy storehouse of our bodies – adenosine triphosphate. Adequate copper supply in our bodies will ensure that we have enough fully accessible and functional energy, to let us get through the day without feeling tired or lethargic. Simply wearing a copper bracelet or anklet can boost energy levels without the need to consume caffeine or other stimulants.
Copper also prevents premature aging and pigmentation of eyes and hair. It stimulates the brain and reduces cholesterol levels in the body. Investing in a collection of copper jewelry can help you to enjoy all these benefits while looking stylish and sophisticated for any occasion.
About The Author
Beatrice Quany is the Marketing Director for IloveCopperJewelry.com, a website displaying unique creations by award winning designer John S. Brana. Visit the site to view their stylish collection of beautiful copper jewelry.
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