Did you know copper deficiency is the leading cause of greying hair and a common cause of thinning hair? Remember learning the periodic table in science class? Copper, the 29th element on the periodic table, is critical to our health, wellness and beauty. We go through most of our lives not giving much thought to this powerful trace mineral. Copper is responsible for many metabolic functions including a healthy liver, cleansed kidneys, healthy thyroid, reduced inflammation like arthritis and osteoporosis, reinforced connective tissue in arteries, strengthened bones, boosted energy, sharpened brain function, aided digestion and improved immune system.
Specifically relating to beauty, copper is critical for the production of melanin–the pigment of our hair, skin and eye color. In order for melanin to be created in the body, copper must be present to help create the enzyme called tyrosinase. Furthermore, copper is required for the creation of collagen and elastin in our skin to prevent wrinkles and give a more youthful appearance.
Copper is particularly relevant relating to hair growth. First, it prevents the body’s testosterone from being converted into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which severely damages hair follicles. Copper increases the hair follicle size for thicker hair as well naturally stimulating blood flow to the scalp, thus creating a healthy growing environment. In addition, it prolongs the growth cycle. Our hair has three cycles. Anagen (growth phase), Catagen (transition phase), and Telogen (resting phase). The anagen or “growth” phase of the hair generally lasts between 3-5 years and this is the state most of our hairs are in at any given time. Copper peptides have proven to extend the life of the growth phase. This means they not only trigger the anagen phase, but also extend it.
Our bodies are not able to synthesize copper on its own. Therefore, we need to make sure we eat a copper-rich diet and take supplements. Foods that are rich in copper include leafy greens such as kale and spinach, almonds, cashews, seeds, sweet potatoes, shell fish and red meat. Too much copper can have a negative health effect, but this is an extremely rare condition known as Wilsons Disease that is inherited where excessive copper builds up in the liver, brain and vital organs. Signs include jaundice or yellowing of the skin, nausea, vomiting, metallic taste in the mouth, liver failure, chills and fever. It’s important to note, there is little risk in consuming too much copper in dietary form. People who lack a nutrient-rich diet could benefit from a dietary supplement.
Copper is no stranger to society. It was the first metal used by mankind and dates back to the Roman Empire, using it for cooking and coinage and then making its way to the Egyptians for tools and mirrors. If you have arthritis, you may be use to using copper bracelets as the ions help to calm inflammation and improve circulation. Many report relief from wearing them. Furthermore, copper bath tubs are popping up in health and med spas as a service to soak in the positively charged water to help heal skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, calm aching muscles, and give an overall sense of well-being.
But wait, there’s more!! Copper is an excellent wound healer. It is anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and anti-viral. It’s a great assistant in healing damaged skin cells while fighting any infections. The anti-microbial
benefits have shown up in everything from copper infused clothing and socks to sheets to prevent odors–which you may have seen in a plethora of infomercials, shopping channels, and social media. Copper and cooking go hand in hand as copper cookware is a healthy option to toxic Teflon pans. Make your happy hour guilt-free and turn it into healthy hour with a beautiful Moscow mule mug. But don’t be fooled. In order to get the true health benefits, make sure the mug is 100% pure copper or you’re just sitting pretty.
So, as I see it, Copper is worth more than gold! After all, gold is not an essential mineral and it does not assist in the promise of beautiful and heathy hair, glowing skin, or longevity. Copperhed was born from this need to shift our focus to the much over-looked mineral. Copperhed is a clean, vegan, luxurious hair care, nutritional supplement, and styling tool line infused with copper technology to create a healthy scalp, promote pigment production, hair growth, shine, and silkiness. Copperhed brings a luxurious experience to a beauty ritual. It’s not just a product, but a platform for promoting a healthy and balanced lifestyle.