We get the question all the time, “Does copper jewelry really offer health benefits?” There are many who would tell you, absolutely, it does. We say hold on just a minute!
There is medical proof that copper introduced in our diets in very defined doses is a benefit to good health. It is noted that 9mg/day of copper is the recommended dose and is essential for our metabolic functions to operate at peak. Additionally, it is said that copper in dietary form aids in cardiovascular function as well.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting you go out and start licking on copper anything, just to gain better health. It won’t work.
In order to benefit from copper, it should be a part of your normal diet. Copper has to be ingested either in food or via vitamin supplement. Here are some more natural and traditional ways to obtain this supplement.
A few foods that offer more common ways of getting some copper inside your body are, Shellfish, organ meats, beans, nuts, whole grains, leafy green vegetables, dried fruit, and yeast all are natural sources of copper and offer tasty options as well.
Copper jewelry as a source of health benefits is pretty unlikely. First off not nearly enough absorption would take place. Some people might get a little green on their skin from the oxidation of the metals interaction with sweat and body oils, but that isn’t the same as a diet supplement by a long shot.
Now I’ve been told many times, by a number of our older customers that copper jewelry does wonders for their arthritis and other aches and pains. Perhaps it does or maybe they just want it to work.
Now I’m by no means saying that this belief is hogwash, only that it doesn’t work on me that way, and both my wife and I have been wearing copper for years, copper jewelry is our specialty. As far as we know there is no real evidence that copper has that kind of therapeutic benefit. Nor do many doctors prescribe jewelry wear as a treatment for body aches and pains.
So what does all this mean? The next time someone tells you that their jewelry will help with your health or reduce your aches and pains because it is magnetized or whatever, decide whether or not you like the piece from an aesthetic standpoint and get it because you think it’ll match some clothing you have or you just happen to think it is pretty.
After that, go find a nice restaurant and partake in some good food to obtain the copper that will really help you.