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Copper: The Next “Fountain of Youth”?

By on August 17, 2016

For centuries people have been using copper products to combat the effects of aging. Legend has it that Queen Sheba was gifted copper by King Solomon and from it created a paste which she applied to her face and body for rejuvenation. Similar legends exist invoking Queen Cleopatra and Queen Nefertiti, both known for their great beauty and vitality. Is copper the fountain of youth we’ve been ignoring?

What we do know is that the benefits of copper are endless. Ancient Yogis and Rishis have been telling us that for centuries. In Ayurveda, copper is one of the most widely used metals. Many therapeutic treatments incorporate copper’s antimicrobial properties, including:

  • Ushapan- morning water therapy using a copper vessel
  • Daily tongue-scraping with copper scrapers
  • Copper basins for Shirodhara therapies

Copper is an essential micronutrient, an antimicrobial, and an antioxidant. It helps synthesize keratin and produce collagen, which reduces fine lines, wrinkles, and blemishes while boosting skin regeneration. Furthermore, copper aids in the production of melanin which prevents premature graying, sunburns and vitiligo (the loss of skin color in blotches).

The beauty industry has already embraced the benefits of copper for skin rejuvenation. Look closely at many anti-aging products. Even in the latest shapewear, you will find trace amounts of copper in their ingredients and materials.

But, do you really want to spend hundreds of dollars to get a ‘trace’ of copper?

One sure way to get sufficient, safe amounts of copper in your diet is to incorporate the age-old Ayurvedic practice of drinking water from a copper vessel (tamra jal). This daily, mindful practice will provide the body with a great boost of copper micronutrients.

You can also find copper in a wide variety of foods, although normally present in small amounts. Couple those healthy, fresh foods with your daily tamra jal and you’ll surely reap the benefits from the inside out.

Some great sources of dietary copper include:

  • Seafood
  • Nuts
  • Legumes
  • Leafy greens
  • Spices like: mustard powder, chilli powder, cloves, celery seed, cumin, saffron, anise, spearmint, coriander leaf, dill, mace, curry powder and onion powder.
  • Fresh and dried herbs such as: chervil, marjoram, tarragon and thyme.

Remember, the fountain of youth is not going to be a shortcut at the bottom of a makeup bag. It is a journey requiring a mindful lifestyle with proper hydration, a balanced diet, appropriate exercise and a restful mind.

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About Mantreh Atashband

Mantreh Atashband, MPH, is the founder of Vasanti Health. She is a public health professional promoting holistic health care through common sense naturopathic and allopathic remedies and lifestyle alternatives. Mantreh was born into an ayurvedic lifestyle and has embraced the teachings ever since. Learn more at: www.vasantihealth.com.

5 Comments

  1. shopper214@gmail.com'

    Shopper

    June 30, 2015 at 11:20 am

    I just read the following article that says copper causes Alzheimer’s. How can it be the Fountain of Youth and the cause of Alzheimer’s?

    “Did You Know…that trace amounts of copper may be linked to Alzheimer’s disease?”

    Read more: http://undergroundhealthreporter.com/copper-linked-to-alzheimers-disease/#ixzz3eZSIZ1PN

    • Mantreh

      June 30, 2015 at 11:31 am

      Thank you for your comment. High levels of copper are definitely damaging. But those levels normally come from corroded pipes, etc. Ayurvedic products such as copper drinking vessels, are mixed with Zinc. Zinc helps balance copper levels making it safe. Also, the trace levels in foods that are rich in copper are very low even when combined with other copper sources. Copper is a vital nutrient and very beneficial when consumed appropriately. Its important to always purchase copper products from reputable sources who use good quality copper alloys, and to never heat copper.

    • lavista4u@gmail.com'

      Chris

      December 5, 2016 at 5:35 am

      Its a conspiracy. Copper can kill Alzheimer and everything else. Google Copper Conspiracy. The only thing you needed ever is Copper.

      The mainstream medical mafia is lying. Copper has no harm effects and any excess copper is removed from the body. Its the Iron poisoning that is causing humanity all sorts of problems.

      Copper is VERY GOOD. Iron is the reason for free radicals.

  2. callis0@me.com'

    Kallisto

    June 30, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    And , cooking with copper is also a favorite among some chefs.

  3. Mantreh

    June 30, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    Most copper cookware is lined with something else such as tin or stainless steel. So, heating them is safe.

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