For thousands of years, people of India and many other Asian countries have known the benefits of drinking from copper vessels. Ancient Ayurvedic medical journals have recommended storing water in copper for a period of time and only then drinking it, which is kept as a daily practice in India especially. Now, current medical studies are supporting this ancient practice:
Copper’s Antimicrobial Power
“According to a 2012 study published in Journal of Health, Population, and Nutrition, storing bacterially contamined water in copper for up to 16 hours at room temperature considerably reduces the presence of the harmful microbes. The researchers inferred that “copper holds promise as a point-of-use solution for microbial purification of drinking-water, especially in developing countries.”
An additional study from University of South Carolina researchers explored the purifying power of copper, finding that “Antimicrobial copper surfaces in intensive care units (ICU) kill 97 percent of bacteria that can cause hospital-acquired infections,” resulting in “a 40 percent reduction in the risk of acquiring an infection.”
Copper Promotes Health
Only about 25% of the US population is getting adequate copper each day in the diet. Copper is a powerful anti-oxidant, and is also required for proper absorption of iron. With continued mineral depletion and soil erosion, it is becoming more necessary to consider ways to adequately supplement our diets with this vital mineral. If you keep water in a copper vessel, preferably overnight or at least for four hours, the water acquires a certain quality from the copper which is very good for your liver in particular and your health and energy in general.
Copper naturally oxidizes with water and turns black. To clean ;simply rub a piece of wet tamarind/lemon (like soap) around and inside the cup and rinse with water. Make sure to dry the cup with a piece of cloth before storing!