Copper in its dry state is incredibly antimicrobial! When holding your copper sphere, studies show copper surfaces reduce the risk of cross contamination. Ten million E. Coli bacteria are eliminated in minutes. The inherent antimicrobial property of copper is better than a disinfectant in your hands when visiting a hospital, either as a patient or visitor, travelling by public transport, or any other occasion which increases the risk of contact with bad bacteria.
The human hands and feet contain more sweat glands than any other part within the body. Every square inch of skin over the palm of your hand may contain as many as three thousand tiny sweat glands, working the copper sphere, your hands will warm very quickly, allowing the necessary absorption rate of copper into the blood stream.
Copper has been used in alternative medicine for thousands of years including the treatment of chest wounds, purifying of drinking water (not recommended to try at home as drinking tap water may contain enough copper), to alleviate symptoms of joint problems.
Copper and human health
Copper (Cu) is a trace mineral that the body needs only in small amounts but it has several very important functions:
- Copper helps produce red and white blood cells and triggers the release of iron to form haemoglobin, the substance that carries oxygen around the body;
- Copper contributes to the normal function of the immune system and the protection of cells from oxidative stress;
- Copper contributes to normal functioning of the nervous system, brain development and infant growth;
- Copper contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism;
- Copper contributes to maintenance of normal connective tissue and strong bones;
- Copper contributes to normal skin and hair pigmentation;
Typically the recommended daily intake is between 1.2 -2 mg. According to the World Health Organisation, there is a greater risk from copper deficiency than from copper toxicity, even in developed areas such as the US and Western Europe. The copper intake from the combination of food and drinking water in unlikely to exceed the upper level of intake of 10 mg for women and 12 mg for men (WHO). Copper deficiency can lead to numerous health problems such as anaemia, neutropenia, bone abnormalities (such as osteoporosis, fractures etc, joint problems), increased incidence of infections, heart and circulation problems, complications in the functioning of the nervous and immune systems.
Food rich in copper
We recommend that you include food rich in copper in your diet, such as meat (beef, liver pate), oysters, shellfish (calamari, lobster) and fish, most nuts (especially brazil and cashew), seeds (especially sesame, poppy and sunflower, pumpkin), cocoa powder or dark chocolate, sundried tomatoes and also drinking water in some regions.