Copper utensils may not be just as popular as they used to be, but they are making a comeback because of the popularity of alternative therapies such as Ayurveda. Ayurveda suggests the use of copper for the purification of water and many health enthusiasts suggest that copper utensils add health properties to the water which helps in boosting brain function, fight inflammation, help with weight loss and lot more.
Though there are no proven studies to support the heavily exaggerated claims of health benefits of copper, copper utensils do help in killing bacteria present in the water. Copper is oligodynamic in nature and thus is great for storing water.
Based on a study, storing water in copper utensils may reduce bacterial contamination in water due to copper’s antibacterial properties. Researchers found that after storing the water in copper vessel for 16 hours, there was no longer any trace of bacteria. This is why copper vessels are a great option for water storage in rural areas.
Copper is one of the essential trace minerals required for maintaining the overall health. The mineral is important for blood cell production, healthy brain function and collagen production. We can easily get the required amount of copper we need through the food we eat.
In reality, cooking in copper vessels can be harmful to the health as copper may leach into the food and may cause copper poisoning. Excessive intake of copper is linked with symptoms such as vomiting, nausea and diarrhea. While the prolonged use of copper may result in serious risks such as kidney and liver damage. This is the reason why most copper utensils are lined with a non-reactive metal such as nickel or tin.
It is advisable to be cautious when using copper utensils, so as to avoid any mishaps.