We can’t believe everything we hear and see?
However, sometimes things we don’t believe can actually be true.
In regard to copper used in clothing & textiles,
some of what we hear is true and some may be false. Copper has been
used in fabrics and clothing for several reasons. Some of the reasons
have science supporting the claims and other aspects are still in question.
Anti-microbial properties of copper have been reported to help with
the elimination of bacteria. The concept being that reducing bacteria
will help combat fabric odor caused by body odor, etc. As per our
understanding from what we have read, this aspect of copper has truth illustrated
Are the claims about copper infused clothing true?
There is an article on the Science Around Michigan
website that discusses this subject. They took a look at the claimed
benefits of infused copper which is essentially that it has anti-microbial
properties which can help prevent odor. The anti-microbial properties
are well known and studied. The following was quoted in the article,
“Bacteria, yeasts, and viruses are rapidly killed on metallic copper
surfaces, and the term “contact killing" has been coined for this process. While
the phenomenon was already known in ancient times, it is currently receiving
renewed attention. This is due to the potential use of copper as an
antibacterial material in health care settings. Contact killing was observed
to take place at a rate of at least 7 to 8 logs per hour, and no live microorganisms
were generally recovered from copper surfaces after prolonged incubation. The
antimicrobial activity of copper and copper alloys is now well established,
and copper has recently been registered at the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency as the first solid antimicrobial material. In several clinical studies,
copper has been evaluated for use on touch surfaces, such as door handles,
bathroom fixtures, or bed rails, in attempts to curb nosocomial infections."
Visit the Science Around Michigan website to learn
what science says about copper compression clothes.
Copper is a chemical element with symbol Cu (from Latin:
cuprum) and atomic number 29. It is a ductile metal with very high
thermal and electrical conductivity. Pure copper is soft and malleable;
a freshly exposed surface has a reddish-orange color. It is used as
a conductor of heat and electricity, a building material, and a constituent
of various metal alloys (and apparently used in some textiles for apparel
and fashion accessories)
Back in December 2006, Cupron Inc., owner Jeffrey Gabbay
says it is the first textile manufacturer to produce fibers “impregnated"
with copper oxide, an agent that kills bacteria and odor on contact. The
socks, which he says can heal and prevent athlete’s foot, are one of his
company’s best-selling products. Gabbay, who has a background
in textile engineering and biochemistry, believed that textiles containing
tiny copper particles can heal diabetic ulcers, prevent the spread of diseases
in hospitals, and cure a host of other ailments. You can read the
full article about the company that
claims copper clothes heal.
According to the
Copper Clothing Ltd. website in the UK, “Copper in small amounts is
actually a nutrient. Copper assists in the formation of haemoglobin
and red blood cells, it's involved in forming pigments in your body's natural
hair colour. Copper is also involved in enzymes for digestion, protein
metabolism and in healing processes necessary for proper bone formation
and maintenance, it's also necessary for the RNA (Ribonucleic acid) in all
of your cells. Without copper your body can't make new cells. It
is also involved in the formation of elastin, the healthy, youthful skin
and chief component of the elastic muscle fibres throughout the body.
Trace amounts of copper are absorbed from the fabric via the skin and is
readily utilized and metabolized by your body".
Some compression clothing has been sold with copper
woven into it, with the same folk medicine claims being made. While
compression clothing is a real treatment for some ailments, therefore the
clothing may appear to work, the added copper may very well have no benefit
beyond a placebo effect (however, we are not certain)
Some apparel & jewelry suppliers indicate copper
helps with the release of positive ions promotes health and wellness.
That is a fairly broad claim that is challenging to study or prove.
Other companies have claimed that copper-infused fabric
improves skin elasticity, reduce age spots, and give your skin a healthy
glow. Again, we are not sure if this has been proven by science.
Copper is commonly used in jewelry, and folklore says
that copper bracelets relieve arthritis symptoms. In alternative medicine,
some proponents speculate that excess copper absorbed through the skin can
treat some ailments, or that the copper somehow creates a magnetic field,
treating nearby tissue. In various studies, though, no difference
is found between arthritis treated with a copper bracelet, magnetic bracelet,
or placebo bracelet. As far as medical science is concerned,
wearing copper has no known benefit, for any medical condition at all. A
human being can have a dietary copper deficiency, but this is very rare,
because copper is present in many common foods, including legumes (beans),
grains, and nuts.
Note: Apparel Search does NOT know if copper has any
special or healing powers. You should do your own research and come
to your own conclusions.
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