First...let's go back to a little History on copper:
Copper is found in multitudes in nature. It has been mined for centuries. At one time in history, copper was highly sought after, and shown status and social power. It become a source of currency. These days though, our copper penny is not worth much. But back in the day, it was worth a lot!
A copper pendant was found near what today is known as northern Iraq that was from around 8700 B.C. And here I am, in the year 2020 making copper pendants! How cool is that?
Copper goes back thousands of years in belief of it's healing properties. Cleopatra allegedly wore copper to bed every night on her forehead to aid in anti-aging.
Copper is found in our bodies
The average adult has about 50-80mg of copper in their body. Mainly found in the muscle and liver. Copper helps us make melanin, bone, and connective tissue. The copper found in your copper comes from different foods we eat. Foods with high copper content include foods like, liver, seafood like oysters, beans, leafy greens and whole grains.
Copper is an essential nutrient for our body. It helps make red blood cells, along with iron. It helps to maintain healthy bones, blood vessels, and even contributes to iron absorption. Having too much, or too little can cause health issues.
Here are a few health benefits:
1: Joint Stiffness and pain: There is belief that copper has anti-inflammatory properties, which can prevent joint pain. It also supports a strong immune system and strengthening bone.
2: Anti-Aging: Once again, copper having anti-inflammatory properties can help heal skin as well. Eating foods rich in copper can also help this. Copper is an anti-oxidant that can safeguard your cell membranes from ions and free radicals and can help your skin retain collagen and elastin to prevent premature aging, and promote skin elasticity.
3: Prevent Anemia: Lack of copper in your body can actually cause anemia. Like I mentioned above, copper helps the absorption of iron, which aids in maintaining a healthy red blood cell count and adequate oxidation within your organs.
4: Antibacterial: Copper is a metal that will actually destroy and prevent the growth of microbes, fungi, and bacteria (including E Coli and even most superbugs). When a microbe lands on copper, copper ions are released and basically punch holes in the bacterial cell membrane and destroys it the DNA and RNA. That means the microbe can no longer mutate, and cannot develop a resistant to copper.
Some other health benefits:
- Increases Cardiovascular Health
- Aids in Mineral Absorption
- Cognitive Stimulant
- Reduces Cholesterol
- Good Circulation
- Improves Digestion
NOW. We all understand that these health benefits are scientifically proven seeing as it is an essential nutrient for our bodies.
But...Does wearing copper JEWELRY actually give us health benefits?
A lot of people do believe that wearing copper jewelry does aid in giving us these health benefits. It's been apart of folklore for thousands of years. Wearing copper bracelets or rings for example, are thought to aid in joint pain. They believe that copper is absorb with friction when wearing the jewelry, and therefore will aid in our health.
Is it fact or myth?
There have been studies done to find out whether or not copper jewelry can actually aid in health. One particular study in 2013, where 70 patients with painful Rheumatoid Arthritis were given either a copper bracelet, magnetic bracelet, or placebo (neither copper nor magnetic), and wore them for 5 weeks and gave self-reports on their pain and whether they believed their bracelet helped.
The studies though, did conclude that there were no statistical differences when wearing copper bracelets, vs. magnetic bracelets vs. the placebo bracelets.
Do I personally believe that wearing copper jewelry can have health benefits? I actually don't know. I don't have an answer. I do believe that scientifically, we need copper, and get it through our foods. But whether or not wearing a copper bracelet can help our joint pain? I don't know. BUT, I also do believe in the power of our minds. The placebo effect. And if we do believe that something works, our minds can actually help that come true. If I am having joint pain, and I wear my bracelet because it can't hurt to help my pain, perhaps my mind will help make that happen.
And certainly, thousands of years of people believing there is healthy energy and power in copper, perhaps there is some truth to it.
I am not going to sit here, and lie to you and tell you that my copper jewelry is going to help your health ailments. That would be horrible of me to do so. I will always be very open and honest about what I know and don't know. And this, I don't know. I think there are people who do believe it, and people who don't. And that is totally okay.
But my point is that, I think it doesn't really matter if you do or don't believe that copper jewelry has healing properties.
Either way, Copper jewelry not only looks beautiful with every skin color, is affordable, and durable...perhaps it does have health benefits.
It doesn't hurt to try right?
Especially since we can look awesome while wearing it.
Written by Whitney Tidmore for Copper Dawn Designs.