Copper Is Back

copper-is-back_featured_image1In a recent study published in the Journal of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 650 ICU patients were studied over a one year period.

Sixteen ICU hospital rooms were used during this study. Half of the rooms had copper-surfaced objects placed inside and the other half did not. Both rooms were tracked for infection rates among the patients.

The research found that the rooms with copper-surfaced objects had half the incidences of infection compared to the rooms without copper. The rate of MRSA (methicillin-resistant staph infections) in the copper rooms was also significantly lower as compared to that in the rooms without copper.

Another study published last year in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology found that copper alloy surfaces reduced the “microbial burden” – the bacteria counts (colony forming units) found on surfaces – by 83%.

In Ayurveda, cooking with copper, drinking out of copper cups and scraping the tongue with copper tongue scrapers are intentional health practices that date back thousands of years.

It was traditionally believed that copper helped support lymphatic flow. The lymphatic system is the gatekeeper of the body’s immunity. Copper ions were believed to absorb into the lymph and blood and support a healthy immune response.

For years, this was not a big concern because most Americans had copper pipes delivering there water, which perhaps offered copper ions. Today, most copper pipes have been replaced by plastic, and few people drink right from the tap. Depending on the filtration method, filtered water may be stripped of any copper ions it may have once contained.

Maybe it’s time to break out the copper cups again. It was traditional to fill a copper cup before bed at night and drink the whole glass first thing in the morning. Bottoms up!


Posted on: Monday, April 29th 2013.



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  • Wendy Wood

    Very interesting! Any other suggestions as to how to add a bit of copper back into our lives if we don’t have a copper cup?

  • Emilie

    Very interesting…

    Though it’s best to be careful with copper as its oxidized form is toxic (the greyish gren layer that forms when it oxidizes), which is why copper pans (traditionnally used fo jam making for example) are usually “tinned” on the inside, covered with a layer of tin, usualu via an electrolytic process.

    And what do you think of silver?

    The same sort of information can be found about silver : eating with silver cutlery keeps good health, drinking out of a silver cup (in some european countries, silver cups are a traitional gift for a newborn baby and believed to protect from illness and infection)… Silver is also used in a lot of medicinal devices, plasters…and it has reknown antibacterial properties and is also said to help with cicatrization. There is also a lot going on about “colloidal silver” solutions on the internet. Have you heard of this? What do you think of it?

    Technically I guess both silver metal and copper metal are toxic in hight dose but both of them are essentail to metabolism in small dose and can be very benefical is absorbed in small amounts…