Copper can be found in the Cuprous Cu+ or Cupric Cu+ form. Copper was discovered over 10,000 years ago, it was originally known as “Cyrium Aes” meaning “the metal of Cyprus”, hinting to its country of origin. Copper was used in Egyptian papyrus wound dressing. It was thought that Copper would enhance the healing process. Hippocrates frequently treated leg ulcers and varicose veins with Copper.
In 1926, Copper was discovered as a dietary trace element after a study conducted on rats found Copper was needed for Red Blood Cell Haemoglobin production. Great dietary source of Copper include Oysters, Mussels, Kale, Sesame, Chickpea, Lentils and Mushrooms.
The first clinical sign of human copper deficiency was founded in 1962. Symptoms of deficiency include Anemia, Brittle Bones, Hypothermia and Poor Pigmentation of the Skin and Hair.
Here are some health benefits of Copper :
- Copper has been linked with cognitive health. Too little or too much can be the cause of devastating cognitive changes. Too little has been known to cause Brain Tissue Damage, too much has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
- Studies have shown that Copper can reverse poor pigmentation such as Grey Hair and Age Spots. Copper helps to regulate enzyme Tyrosinase to produce Melanin, which is responsible for pigmentation.
- Copper helps to produce energy by being an essential part of the Copper based Enzymes, Cuproenzymes and Cytochrome Oxidase. Consuming adequate dietary Copper can help to boost ATP levels, the universal compound of Energy.
- Copper is often taken to boost the Immune System. Once again, Copper is involved in a number of Immune Enzymes, namely super Oxide Dismutase and Cytochrome-c Oxidase.