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There are literally hundreds if not thousands of web sites you can source online that will confirm the benefits of copper including clinical trials and studies. These are some of the sites we recommend if you need more convincing that copper is essential for optimum health.
According to, Doctor Helmar Dollwet of the University of Akron believes that the only way for many people to get a sufficient amount of copper is to absorb it through the skin.
(Dr. Helmar Dollwet’s 1981 book, The Copper Bracelet and Arthritis did not take the medical world by storm though it still intrigues the “alternative” community.)
In their 1982 article, Inflammatory Disease and Copper (ed. J.R.J Sorenson), Humana Press, Clifton NJ, USA, W.R Walker, S.J.Beveridge, and M.W.Whitehouse state “studies have shown that copper is an effective anti-inflammatory and can relieve discomfort”. “Copper compounds are more effective and less toxic than drugs being used to treat arthritis”. Dr John Sorenson, University of Arkansas.
Carl Keen, professor of nutritional science and dietetics at the University of California, said it was reasonable to speculate that copper deficiency contributed to rheumatoid arthritis because of the way copper acts with two key enzymes in human tissue. One of the enzymes, lysyl oxidase, is a coagent with copper in helping form connective tissue. Another, superoxide dismutase, reduces inflammation and neutralises destructive free radicals, which may play a role in tissue damage in the disease. Free radicals, or reactive atoms or groups of atoms that have unpaired electrons, can cause massive tissue damage when they oxidise in cell membranes, Keen said.
Copper is the third most abundant trace mineral in the body, and helps protect the cardiovascular, skeletal, and nervous systems. It is needed to make an enzyme that keeps your arteries from hardening and possibly rupturing, and for the production of phospholipids, which help form the myelin sheath surrounding the nerves. The body also has to have copper to produce the powerful antioxidant, Superoxide Dismutase (SOD).