Where does it come from?
Various internet pages with information on Ayurvedic pseudotherapy report that we should all be storing water in copper kettle or containers , because thus, the water gets (according to these pages) different healing properties:
- Supports the digestive system
- Supports weight loss
- Helps wounds heal faster
- Slows down aging
- Helps maintain cardiovascular health and control hypertension
- Kills bacteria
- Stimulates the brain
- Regulates the thyroid gland
- Relieves pain
- Supports melanin production
- Treat anemia
The information must be, from the root, taken as false or of doubtful veracity, since the first three characteristics of the water in a copper container are: ‘balance the three doshas in the body: vata, pitta and khaffa’. It also promises that if it stays for at least 8 hours in copper … it will never go rancid .
So far the hoax, that if you have received in your mail, electronic messaging service or any means of communication, do not help its dissemination . For the chain!
Why must it be made of copper?
Copper is an essential trace element , that is, our body lacks copper production mechanisms, however it is essential for the proper functioning of different metabolic routes, so its contribution must be exogenous , mainly in the diet.
The hoax takes advantage of the importance of copper in processes such as the formation of melanin , fixation and transport of iron, metabolism of thyroid hormones … to attribute these properties to the water stored in a best kettle made by copper.
On the other hand, it takes advantage of the fact that the utensils and copper container have been used since the discovery of this material due to its high heat conduction and resistance , in addition, rust stains are very easily evident and warn that it must be cleaned properly to return to use it safely.
Why is it false?
The copper utensils contain copper in alloy with other metals that provides it with more attractive characteristics for the user (lightness, shine, ease of cleaning …) and if it is in good condition, it should not release a significant amount of copper or other metals to the water it contains, moreover, if signs of deterioration appear, it is advisable to replace it since toxicity can occur from compounds derived from copper and other metals.
Thus, copper is considered a micronutrient because the recommended daily amount of copper for a healthy adult is 1mg / d (one milligram per day) and as I have previously commented, its contribution is made through diet, reaching this amount without difficulty in a complete and varied diet, since it is an element present in many foods .
Performing a search in scientific databases, there are no comparative studies that show the properties that the hoax promulgates , so it can be concluded that in addition to being false, it is dangerous if the container is not in a perfect state of conservation and cleanliness.
Firstly, copper is an essential trace element , that is, it cannot be produced by our body, however, it is already part of our usual diet.
It is better to conserve water in containers designed for this purpose .
If you have copper utensils , keep it in a perfect state of conservation and cleanliness, otherwise it can be dangerous to health.