In India, it is very common for our elders to recommend copper vessels (also known as “tamra jal” in Ayurvedic medicine) for storing and drinking water from. The Indian Ayurveda recognizes copper for its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticarcinogenic activities. It says that water stored in a copper vessel has the ability to balance all the three doshas in your body, (vata, kapha and pitta) by positively charging the water. It’s an age-old simple, practical and very effective method of drinking water in a holistic way.
Researchers at Battelle Columbus Laboratories found that copper, in very small quantities, has the power to control a wide range of molds, fungi, algae and harmful microbes. Study published in the International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences has also said that when copper dissolves into water, water becomes ionic (electrolyte) as can be ascertained by its pH measurement. When water is stored in a copper vessel, the production of copper ions kills the algae and bacteria.
Few health benefits of drinking water from a copper vessel are as follows:
- In a study, American Cancer Society, has accorded that copper helps regulate blood pressure, heart rate and lowers one’s cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Copper helps minimize the risk of developing heart disease, also regulates blood pressure, and lowers cholesterol levels. Copper also helps prevent the build-up of plaque in the arteries and dilates blood vessels to allow better flow of blood to the heart. Thereby help the heart to function properly.
- Helps maintain the pH balance: Body produces toxins due to the food we eat or because of the daily stress. It makes the pH of the body acidic. To avoid acidic pH, we need to have food alkaline in nature. Water in copper vessels is alkaline which cools down the body by cleansing the toxins and balances the body’s pH level.
- Kills bacteria due to its self-sterilizing nature: Through a process called the OligoDynamic Effect, Copper ions in the vessel positively charge the water and destroy bacteria very effectively. A paper published in the Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition found that water stored in copper vessels killed pathogenic bacteria such as E. coli and cholera causing Vibrio cholerae O1, and Salmonella species. However, water needs to be stored for a minimum of four-eight hours in the copper container to be charged with the good sterilizing properties of the metal to become effective against the imbalance of bioelements.
- Helps Prevent Aging : Packed with very strong anti-oxidant and cell forming properties, Copper fights free radicals. When we store water stored in a copper vessel it gets loaded with antioxidants. It helps in slowing down the skin aging process by reducing fine lines and playing a crucial role in boosting collagen and elastin production.
- A relief from arthritis and inflamed joints: Because of the anti inflammatory properties of copper, water stored in copper vessels can help relieve you from the pain caused by inflamed joints due to arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Water in copper vessels can help in digestion: Copper has essential qualities including anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. Thus helps in aiding in a better digestive system and brings down problems like ulcer, indigestion and infections. “When water is stored in a copper container, the mineral gets leached into it. This copper leached in the water helps in breaking down of food particles in our body and improves our digestion,” suggests Bangalore-based Nutritionist, Dr Anju Sood.
- Helps regulate working of thyroid glands People with thyroid diseases have one similarity. that is they usually have low levels of copper in their body. Copper is one of the most important minerals the thyroid gland needs to function optimally. A lack in copper can lead the gland to dysfunction. Drinking from a copper water bottle regulates the proper functioning of the thyroid gland by overcoming copper deficiency.
- Boost absorption of Iron in body: Copper aids the body’s absorption of iron, essential to maintain healthy iron levels in the body and preventing anemia. Copper is a vital component required in the process of absorbing and using iron in the body. It also helps to keep the levels of heme (iron) up and regulates its flow in the blood vessels. The intake of copper can be done by making a habit of drinking water from a copper vessel.Use of copper vessels is a healthy practice followed by our elders from many years. Studies have proven copper is antibacterial, acts as an effective antioxidant, improves immunity, supports good health, prevents aging, eliminates toxins and free radicals, and stimulates the brain.