Studies have shown that some people with arthritis seem to have difficulty metabolising copper from the food they eat, leading to increased pain and inflammation.
Additionally, Penicillamine, often taken by those with rheumatoid arthritis, lowers copper levels in the body.
Supplementing with copper does not seem to help. So what to do? Maybe get that copper bracelet after all?
Dr Helmar Dollwet, author of The Copper Bracelet and Arthritis, suggests that the dissolved copper from a copper bracelet bypasses the oral route by entering the body through the skin.
The doctor says that this may be the only way arthritics ever receive the copper their bodies need – copper that studies have shown can indeed relieve pain.
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