Copper is a heavy metal that triggers up to 50 enzyme reactions and a multitude of physiological functions in the body. It supports skeletal and neurological systems and helps build the blood. Ancient and modern medical experts have long hailed copper for its immense healing properties. The copper levels in our bodies contain less than that found in a penny, yet research suggests three in four American adults do not get enough of it. Conversely, some authorities posit that most individuals ingest more than necessary. Maintaining a proper balance of copper is crucial; a deficiency or excess can cause a host of health issues.


1. Historical Use of Copper in Medicine

Writings from Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, as well as Aztec, Persian, and Hindu manuscripts, document manifold medicinal applications of copper. Medieval and later European medical records report using the mineral and its compounds as antibacterial, anti-arrhythmic, anti-tumor, anti-epileptic, and anti-inflammatory agents. The nutrient was also prescribed to accelerate the healing of broken bones and wounds.

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