Microbiome Awareness Month – Copper: Your Microbe Resistant Ally

‘Tis the season of colds and flus and we are always searching for ways to stay healthy. Short of staying indoors all winter and wearing a hazmat suit when venturing out, you may want to consider the power of copper as it has amazing anti-pathogenic properties.

In 2011, scientists at the University of Bern in Switzerland pointed out that a significant proportion of many pathogens die on copper services. The phenomenon has come to be known as contact killing. Going back centuries, copper was frequently used to store water after it was observed that water contained in copper vessels was of better quality than that held in containers made from other materials, developing little or no visible slime.

In fact, the Greeks, Romans, and Aztecs all used copper or copper compounds to treat conditions such as headaches, burns, ear infections, and intestinal worms. In 19th-century France, copper workers in Paris appeared to develop an immunity to cholera, an infection of the small intestine by certain strains of the bacterium Vibrio cholerae.

For more information on microbes and copper, read our classic blog post.

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