A complete resource for understanding the relationship between copper and drinking water, and why it’s important for your health and well-being
What did the ancient Egyptians know that many are only now starting to appreciate?
The many benefits of drinking water from copper containers.
The relationship between water, copper, and human health goes back into early human civilization and continues on today. It’s a powerful relationship that will likely stand the test of time, mostly due to its wonderful simplicity.
This article presents the scientific understanding of copper’s benefits to human health when used as a material for storing drinking water. Get comfortable, and get ready to learn more about copper than you have since high school Chemistry class!
Copper – The Natural Germ Zapper
Naturally Healthy Water In A Naturally Hygienic Container
We all want our drinking containers to be clean, sterile, free of odors and free of germs. What if there was a cost-effective and readily available metal that was naturally hygenic, due only to its basic properties?
There is – copper. Copper’s natural anti-microbial properties are a result of something called the oligodynamic effect, which is a deadly reaction experienced by viruses, bacteria, molds, and fungi when exposed to certain metals.
Amazingly, copper eliminates nasty microorganisms quickly and naturally simply by coming into contact with them, including organisms inside of water that contacts copper surfaces. In fact, copper is effective in killing even modern strains of powerful drug-resistant bacteria like salmonella, e. coli, and MRSA.
How Does This Actually Happen?
The oligodynamic effect takes place when a charged atom of metal (called an ion) reacts with molecules in a microorganism to denature it – that is, pull it apart and cause it to stop functioning. (It’s quite a destructive process at the microscopic level.)
Long before the oligodynamic effect was officially discovered by Swiss botanist Karl Wilhelm von Nägeli, it was being used in practical applications for hundreds and even thousands of years without people knowing the science behind it:
- One of the most common applications of the oligodynamic effect, still in practice today, is the use of bronze door handles in hospitals, which self-sterilize and reduce the spread of pathogens inside the facilities.
- Silver linings have been used for many years to coat the insides of water holding tanks to keep the water fresh, such as tanks in ships that stay at sea for long periods of time. Lining a water tank with silver is referred to as ‘silvering’ the tank. This is where the phrase “silver lining” comes from, which describes something good hidden within something not so good.
- Silver coins and pieces are a popular addition to many tanks which hold oysters and other seafood, which helps to keep the water free of infections while the seafood grows.
- And for many many years, cultures going back as far as Ancient Egypt have used the oligodynamic effect to help keep their water pure and free of diseases. Copper water jugs have been used as storage vessels for drinking water in cultures around the world, from ancient Egypt and cultures throughout Arabia for hundreds of years, to cultures throughout Hindustan and present-day India, following in the traditional health practices of Ayurveda, which taught of the importance of purifying water of diseases by leaving it in a copper vessel before drinking it.
It is even said that one of the reasons that people throw coins into ponds, fountains, and other bodies of water actually comes from the ancient practice of adding pieces of copper and silver to water to keep it clean and sterile!
From ancient times to modern-day science, the oligodynamic effect is a simple and effective means of purifying water, reducing pathogenic exposure, and maintaining a healthy living environment. Saucha Soul bottles are one more in a long line of innovations that take advantage of the oligodynamic effect to keep your drinking water pure and free of unwanted germs.
We love copper because copper has a particularly strong oligodynamic effect, as these and many other studies show:
- A recent study demonstrating the antimicrobial effects of copper showed a 100% destruction of 10 million e. coli bacteria on a wet copper surface in approximately 45 minutes.
- Another recent study reported by the United States National Institutes of Health showed that colonies of diarrhea-causing bacteria, including e. coli and salmonella, were completely destroyed in water stored in a copper container for 16 hours.
- A study from Nepal demonstrates copper’s superior oligodynamic activity over both silver and brass, completely destroying a salmonella culture in four hours.
Copper – A Vital Mineral
An Essential Mineral For Countless Roles In Human Health
Copper is a necessary mineral that helps our bodies strengthen bones, fight infection, and much more. Sadly, many people do not receive sufficient copper in their regular diets due to nutrient-poor foods and dietary imbalances. Storing your water in a copper container is the easiest way to make sure you receive trace copper that your body needs for countless important health functions.
Copper is essential to creating energy from the food we eat. It’s involved in repairing cells, strengthening bones, processing information from your senses, and recovering from physical injuries. These and many more essential processes all involve copper in some important way.
It seems that almost everywhere we look inside the human body, trace amounts of copper are present and serving a vital role in keeping us healthy and strong.
Unfortunately copper’s place in human health has not received the attention that it deserves. Compared to a mineral like iron or calcium, for example, copper does not attract the kind of attention that helps us appreciate its importance in keeping us healthy. The truth is, copper plays a vital role in many of the most important functions of physical health and while we will survive with a copper deficit, we are not as sharp, responsive, or sensitive as we are with proper intake of trace copper.
Why Does My Body Need Copper?
Copper Helps You Think and Feel
The cells in your nervous system transmit the information that makes up your thoughts and senses. These neurons are covered in something called myelin, which helps the electrical energy flow through your nervous system. Copper is a key ingredient in manufacturing myelin and helps keep your nervous system working at peak condition – which means your brain works faster and your senses are more clear.1,2
Copper Helps Regulate Your Weight
Copper Is An Anti-Aging Mineral
Because it is a naturally powerful antioxidant that is essential for your growing cells, copper has a role in keeping your skin, hair, nails, and eyes healthy and strong. Copper plays an important part in the production of melanin, which gives color to our skin, hair, and eyes. It is also required to produce elastin and collagen, two of the key wrinkle-reducing substances that give our skin a soft, youthful, radiant glow.6,7,8
Copper Is Great For Your Joints and Bones
Copper Helps Your Energy Levels
Copper is an essential ingredient in the process that creates energy in your body. It helps produce ATP and helps provide available protein so your body has the energy it needs and is faster to recover from injuries.12
Trace Copper From Your Copper Water Bottle
Perfect To Supplement Your Daily Copper Intake
The United States Food and Nutrition Board, which determines recommended daily allowances of vitamins, minerals and nutrients, recommends 1mg of copper per day for adults, which may be a bit low according to some nutritionists.
Saucha Soul bottles provide trace copper to the water that they hold. The amount is very small – measured in parts per billion – which for an average Saucha Soul user will amount to approximately 10-50% of your recommended daily copper. This occurs as a natural result of copper’s contact with water and is one of the best ways to receive the trace copper that your body requires for optimal health.
The Numbers on Copper RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance)
According to the United States Food and Nutrition Board, the average adult requires approximately 1mg per day of copper in their diet.
Water that is stored inside a copper container receives approximately 15 parts per billion of trace copper for each hour that it is in contact with a copper surface, which is just a small fraction of a milligram and is approximately one or two percent of your recommended daily intake of copper.
Let’s assume that you drink two liters of water from your Saucha Soul bottle in a day and you drink progressively so that the water stays in the bottle for some period of time before you refill it. We’ll estimate that the water inside your Saucha Soul bottle stays in contact with the bottle for an average of six hours. In this case, you will receive approximately 25% of your recommended daily intake of trace dietary copper from your Saucha Soul bottle.
Because Saucha Soul bottles are made from pure copper there is nothing but copper contacting the water inside the bottle – no linings, no metal alloys, no mystery materials. This means that your Saucha Soul bottle will never deposit anything more than a trace amount of copper – a fraction of your recommended daily copper intake – into your water. No plastics, no iron, nickel, chromium, lead or any other substance. Just a trace amount of copper.
Copper and Water Are A Smart Combination
If you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading! We hope you’ve learned a thing or two.
If you have any further questions about the topic in general, we welcome you to read the references below or contact us. If you have questions about Saucha Soul water bottles, check our FAQ and you might find the answer there, or drop us a line.
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2. Washington University, The Source, “Copper helps brain function – could tweaking circuits make us smarter?” https://source.wustl.edu/2006/09/copper-helps-brain-function-could-tweaking-circuits-make-us-smarter/
3. Intech “Lipid Metabolism” Ch.3 The Role of Copper as a Modifier of Lipid Metabolism http://www.intechopen.com/books/lipid-metabolism/the-role-of-copper-as-a-modifier-of-lipid-metabolism
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9. PubMed, National Library of Medicine, “Is copper pro- or anti-inflammatory? A reconciling view and a novel approach for the use of copper in the control of inflammation.” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8304249
10. University of Virginia, Metals In Medicine and the Environment, “Copper: The Anti-Inflammatory Healer” http://faculty.virginia.edu/metals/cases/reddaway2.html
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