"Copper compounds are more effective and less toxic than drugs being used to treat arthritis." Dr. John Sorenson, Univ. of Arkansas.
Copper and Zinc are two essential minerals needed to sustain human life. The natural mineral contents of commercially grown American produce have been decreasing for the last 30 years.
In the US the American Arthritis Foundation calls copper bracelets and “unproven remedy”. No-one has conducted the long trials demanded by the FDA because there is no economic incentive to do so as Copper cannot be patented.
In Europe (and other parts of the world) Copper bracelets are available at pharmacies to treat aches and pains.
The green stains are caused by deposits of chelated copper and their presence relates directly to the body chemistry of the wearer.
"Copper, when in contact with the skin, form chelates with human sweat and is thus absorbed through the skin. Think of a bracelet as a 'time-release' source of copper." Dr. Ray Walker, Univ. of Newcastle, Australia.
Copper in its pure metallic form cannot be taken in by our bodies, while chelated copper compounds are easily absorbed by our skin. They become visible when the wearer's body dissolves the copper faster than it absorbs it.
Green marks are also believed to appear when the body is hungry for copper. A body starving for copper will even manage to dissolve the copper contained in gold alloys and leave marks under 14K gold rings.
The green stains are normally absorbed overnight, and if needed they wash off with soapy water. If wearers strongly dislike the green marks, they have two choices. They can choose to address the causes and make healthier choices or simply ignore the warning and wear no more copper.
Our brass is Jeweler’s Brass which is 85% Copper and 15% Zinc.
Unlike the copper in many bracelets, our copper is 99.9% PURE copper.