Health Benefits of Antimicrobial Copper


Consuming water that has been cleansed and ionized in a copper vessel, upon rising, is a traditional Ayurvedic health practice. Referred to as Tamra jal in India, this revitalized water from a copper vessel serves as a natural antioxidant, contributing to the equilibrium of the body's three doshas—kapha, vata, and pitta. The minimal copper content in Tamra jal remains safe and beneficial, even when supplemented with other standard dietary sources of copper.

Have you ever wondered why after drinking multiple glasses of water a day, you still feel thirsty and not energized?  

To ensure the safety of drinking water, water treatment plants utilize basic filtration systems to eliminate most contaminants. While these systems render water safe for consumption, they inadvertently strip away its essential life energy and significantly alter its natural pH.  By the time your drinking water undergoes treatment, travels extensive distances through water pipes, and reaches your glass, much of its vitality is lost, resulting in a "dead" taste. Consequently, the water we consume struggles to be efficiently absorbed by our cells, leaving us unsatisfied. The copper vessel revitalizes the vigor of your drinking water. It ionizes, revitalizes, and restores the pH balance, reanimating the water to an "alive" state. This reenergized water is more readily absorbed by your cells, thereby enhancing hydration.

Vasanti Health provides authentic, high quality copper vessels used in traditional Ayurvedic health practices. We sustainably source our products to ensure the greatest purity and highest grade of copper. Independent lab testing confirms our vessels to be more than 96 percent pure copper. They also include zinc, as it balances the copper and aids in digestion.

Each vessel is skillfully designed by artisans in India making them healthful and decorative. 

How to use your copper vessel? (There are TWO main ways!)

One- Use your copper water bottle like any other. Fill it, and use it on-the-go. It'll keep you water fresh, cool and clean.

Two- You can use your copper vessel the Ayurvedic way:

Ayurveda suggests a daily intake of approximately 16 fl/oz of copper water (Tamra jal) that has sat in a copper vessel for at least 4 hours. It is recommended to consume this copperized water in the morning on an empty stomach. Why? Because the ionized water will coat your digestive tract and help boost metabolism. It's also an amazing morning detox!

Regardless of how you decide to use your copper vessel, remember to use it daily for lasting benefits. 

Please consult your health care provider before beginning any new health or wellness routines.


Why copper?

Copper, an essential trace mineral crucial for metabolic functions, acts as an antioxidant vital to muscle, immune, and nervous system health. Since our bodies can't produce copper, we rely on dietary sources like nuts, legumes, leafy greens, and seafood. However, these provide limited amounts, necessitating balance from other sources.

One effective method is consuming water stored in a copper vessel. For centuries, yogis incorporated Tamra jal into their daily yoga and meditation practice. Recognized for its health benefits, Tamra jal aids in reducing inflammation, improving digestion, and enhancing immunity. According to Ayurveda, it contributes to dosha balance (mind-body constitution). Some yogis still carry "kamandalam" pots, positively charging water to improve cell absorption.

Scientific studies have shown that copper removes bacteria and impurities from water due to what is called the ‘oligodynamic’ effect- the antimicrobial properties of certain metals.

Disease-causing bacteria cannot survive for more than a few hours on copper surfaces (Center of Applied Microbiology and Research, UK)

Copper helps neutralize toxins, ionize and balance the pH in water making the water fit for consumption. Other benefits include:

  • Improved vitality
  • Immune boost
  • Prevention of  aging
  • Aids in the production of collagen
  • Wrinkle reduction and increased skin elasticity
  • Increased metabolism
  • Enhanced digestion
  • Arthritic support
  • Strengthening of hair and nails
  • Support of bone & connective tissue development

Antimicrobial properties of copper are not just limited to cleaning water. Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registered copper as the only solid surface material to kill bacteria that may pose a threat to human health. Hospital acquired infections (HAI) are becoming a major health crisis throughout the world. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that about 2 million people in the United States are infected annually by hospital-acquired infections, resulting in 20,000 deaths.

Many hospitals are taking steps to reduce such infections by equipping their patient rooms and operating rooms with copper alloy surfaces, replacing bed rails, tables and door knobs. Such alterations have helped reduced the number of healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) in patients by more than half (Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, May 2013).

Take a look at this video on the antimicrobial properties of copper, from Discovery News.


More scientific research on the antimicrobial properties and benefits of copper water vessels to reduce bacteria: