Copper has been known as a natural antibiotic and essential nutrient for over 8,000 years. Even Hippocrates is said to have recommended copper compounds as early as 400 B.C. However, scientists are still uncovering new information regarding the functions of copper in the human body and the benefits of copper supplements.
What we do know is that copper is essential when it comes to maintaining balance in our bodily functions. Copper is the third most prevalent mineral within the body, yet the body cannot create it by itself. Copper is important for proper organ function and metabolic processes.
How Copper Works in the Body
In the human body, copper is absorbed at a cellular level which then alleviates any copper deficiency and also boosts the immune system.
Most of the copper in our body is usually found in the liver, brain, kidneys, heart, and skeletal muscle. It plays a major role in the formation of collagen, and increases iron absorption and energy production.
Top Health Benefits of Copper
There are multiple health benefits of copper which is why nutritionists and supplementation experts recommend copper supplementation.
Top health benefits of copper include:
Copper Supports Diabetic Treatment
According to scientists’ reports, type 2 diabetes is often brought about by the oxidation of cells lacking essential metals which help insulate the cells and protect them from free radicals. Free radicals attack healthy cells and mutate the DNA. One study shows that copper deficiency or abnormal absorption of copper damages cellular defenses and body tissues, leading to the onset of diabetes.
Copper Helps Fetal Growth and Development
Copper is vital to optimal health and normal growth. It helps in the protection of skeletal, nervous, and cardiovascular systems.
Having a copper deficiency means that the normal and healthy growth of your organs and tissues would be hindered, especially for growing fetuses. Studies show that copper deficiency may even lead to birth defects and for babies to develop prematurely.
Copper Helps Improve Hair and Eye Pigmentation
Copper is one of the vital components of the natural dark pigment, melanin, which gives coloration to the skin, hair, and eyes.
Melanin is produced by melanocytes—but only with the aid of the cuproenzyme called tyrosinase, which is derived from copper.
Copper is also known to help in preventing the graying of hair. Copper aids in maintaining the color of your eyes as you age along with zinc. In fact, copper is known to be an anti-aging element.
Copper Helps Improve Brain Function
Copper is a brain stimulant which is why copper-rich food is also often called “Brain Food”. Copper is known as the “smart” mineral as it enhances brain function, energy, and intelligence.
Studies have shown that out-of-the-box thinking and creativity are linked directly to the copper content of the brain, showing that it enables neural pathways to develop in unique ways. This enhances your cognitive ability and the ability to process information more quickly.
Copper Helps to Increase Energy Levels
By boosting the production of red blood cells, copper prevents the development of anemia, one of the major reasons for fatigue. Many times anemia or fatigue are wrongfully linked to low iron but in actuality, the lack of iron absorption is connected to low copper. Copper is the “gatekeeper” allowing iron to get where it needs to go.
Along with iron, copper boosts energy by extracting carbohydrates from the cells and using them to their full potential. Furthermore, the copper-dependent enzyme, cytochrome c oxidase, plays a critical role in cellular energy production.
Copper Improves Immunity
Copper serves as an immunity builder by preventing and curing anemia, which enables your body to both defend and heal faster. It also acts as an antioxidant that supports immunity.
Copper Helps Improve Connective Tissues
The body uses copper to produce hemoglobin, collagen, myelin (protective layer of skin), and melanin. These help when it comes to the development and maintenance of connective tissues. Copper also helps with the production of elastin which keeps skin flexible. This helps with wrinkles, sagging skin, and premature aging.
Copper Helps Improve Enzymatic Reactions
The body goes through many enzymatic processes in order to stay alive and healthy. Some of these enzyme-producing processes facilitate copper so that the body can function efficiently. Without these enzymatic processes in many organs, the body may cease to function all together. The metabolism would slow down and hormonal levels would be thrown off. This causes its own domino effect of deteriorating issues.
Copper Helps Improve Cardiovascular Health
Copper provides a role in the development and maintenance of the cardiovascular system, including the heart, arteries, and other blood vessels, the skeletal system, and the structure and function of the nervous system, including the brain.
Copper Helps the Absorption of Iron and Sugar
In order for iron to be absorbed by the body and prevent it from being filtered out of the liver, the body requires copper.
Iron helps the body produce red blood cells and ensures oxygen is being delivered throughout your organs. However, iron cannot do its job without copper; copper and iron work together in the synthesis of hemoglobin and red blood cells. Furthermore, copper plays a part in the absorption of iron from the intestinal tract.
Having an iron deficiency leads to weakness, bruising, digestive issues, fatigue, and anemia. Copper is needed for the absorption and utilization of iron and all minerals.
Copper Helps Reduce Cholesterol
Copper deficiency is known to lead to increased bad cholesterol.
According to a number of different studies, copper is found to help reduce ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) and increase ‘good’ cholesterol (HDL cholesterol). This lowers the chances of cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks, strokes, and atherosclerosis.
Copper Helps Improve Thyroid Health
Copper plays an important role in ensuring that the thyroid gland functions properly. It works with other trace minerals like selenium and zinc that are needed to balance thyroid activity.
When the thyroid gland does not work properly, the production of hormones may cause unwarranted effects on the overall body’s metabolic processes as well as heart and digestive function, muscle control, brain development, and bone maintenance.
Copper and zinc work in conjunction with each other; these two elements should be balanced for everything to function properly. It may be essential, but just like all other vitamins and minerals, copper should be taken in moderation.
Copper Helps Improve Skin
Copper is essential for the structural lattices that hold the body together such as collagen and elastin. Collagen production is quite complex and requires a key enzymatic reaction between copper and the enzyme lysyl oxidase.
Lysyl oxidase is an extracellular copper enzyme that catalyzes the formation of aldehydes from lysine residues in collagen and elastin precursors. Without copper, the body would not be able to create collagen and elastin, the two most important molecules for skin integrity and elasticity.
Studies show that with copper supplementation, there is wrinkle reduction, better elasticity, expedited wound healing, and more.
In the skin, copper is involved in the synthesis and stabilization of extracellular matrix skin proteins and angiogenesis.
Copper is involved in numerous enzyme systems that break down or build up body tissues. It plays a role in the production of the skin pigment melanin by converting the amino acid tyrosine. Copper is essential for the synthesis of phospholipids, which are a component of the myelin sheath that surrounds nerves.
Copper Helps Prevent Osteoporosis
Collagen is also a main component of bones and so copper helps to prevent osteoporosis. The copper-dependent enzyme, lysyl oxidase, plays a role in bone formation.
What Foods Contain Copper?
Some of the different food sources from which we can derive our needed dose of copper include liver, meat, seafood, beans, whole grains, soy flour, wheat bran, almonds, garlic, nuts, oats, molasses, beets, and lentils. In some cases, copper can also be absorbed by drinking water that passes through copper lines and by using copper cookware.
Why Relying on Copper in Food may not be Enough
Many of the food sources high in copper mentioned are full of plant poisons like lectins or oxalates that could cause Leaky Gut and inhibit nutrient absorption. Thus the actual copper in the food is not absorbed by the body. The only foods not containing plant poisons are liver, meat, and seafood, which many people don’t eat enough of.
Why Accelerated Scalar Copper™ for Copper Supplementation
Now that we understand how copper deficiency can affect our health, and why copper supplementation is so important to maintaining overall optimal health, let’s discover why I believe Accelerated Scalar Copper™ is the best copper supplement available.
Increased Absorption. Most copper supplements only have 5% absorption whereas Accelerated Scalar Copper has 99% absorption.
Made with Proprietary Scalar Copper Technology. Accelerated Scalar Copper is the only nano scalar copper solution treated with water implosion technology and enhanced with Scalar frequencies to enhance the absorption and increase the efficacy.
Made only with ozonated and UV sterilized distilled water and 99.99% Ultra fine pure scalar copper. Using nano copper makes sure that it does not bioaccumulate to toxic levels as other supplements with much larger particles can do.
Treated With Proprietary Water Implosion Technology. This energizes the copper and structures the copper hydrosol.
Enhanced with Scalar Frequencies. The scalar frequencies imprint healthy bio-patterns to help with rejuvenation effects in the brain and body.
Accelerated Scalar Copper™ Directions and Applications:
- Take 1-2 Tbsp in the morning; leave in the mouth for a minute and swallow.
- Spray directly on the skin for infections or helping skin integrity.
- Spray on surfaces as a disinfectant. Copper is a well-known natural disinfectant, easily neutralizing viruses, bacteria, fungus, and mold.
- Take daily to enhance the efficacy of the Lifewave stem Cell activation patches that are based on copper peptide.
Sara Banta is a Stanford University Graduate with a Degree in Economics and Psychology, and a certified Natural Supplement Expert & Graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Sara is the Founder of Accelerated Health Products and host of the health & wellness podcast, Accelerated Health Radio.