A colloid is a substance that is said to be dispersed throughout a different substance evenly on a microscopic level. Colloidal systems normally have two different phases, a dispersed and a continuous phase. Copper colloids consist of nanometer particles of pure copper in a fluid. If the fluid used, which is most common, is water; the colloid will be known as a hydrocolloid. In a copper hydrocolloid, copper represents the dispersed phase, water is the continuous phase. Colloidal copper has been specifically found effective when applied as an internal health supplement. Direct effects of colloidal copper include the enrichment of the mineral content of the blood, cleaning arteries and veins, and generally boosting the circulatory system.
Copper is one of the essential minerals for biological function. It is a micronutrient that is required for the formation of RBCs (Red Blood Cells), protein metabolism, RNA production, enzyme activity, and the color of hair and skin. Copper’s function in coloring skin and hair comes from its ability to convert tyrosine into melanin, the hair and skin pigment.
It is widely believed that copper has been utilized as an ailment or a treatment for many different symptoms over the ages. However, the discovery of colloidal copper has brought about many changes. The sub-micrometric particle sizes of colloidal copper are smaller than membrane pores in the human body which prevents toxic buildup of copper. This property allows elemental copper to travel throughout the body and reach the cells where it is needed. A fact that is worth mentioning, however, is that colloidal copper is still in its research phase and has not yet been widely accepted as an effective health tool.
In a counter argument, opponents of colloidal copper claim that there is a high degree of hype over how many diseases are really caused by copper deficiency; or deficiencies of other essential metals. Such claims mean that the use of colloidal copper could possibly be effective in treating symptoms resulting from copper deficiency, but could possibly have no effect on the health of individuals who do not possess such deficiencies.
Certain beliefs surrounding copper, whether true or not, have originated from man’s early days. The Queen of Sheeba was said to use a creamy mixed mixture of ground copper and water to retain her beauty; similar myths have existed about Queen Cleopatra, Queen Genvieve of Arthur, and even Queen Nofertete of Egypt. Colloidal copper can thus be seen as an agent that promotes many health benefits for many parts of the human body. Further research, however, is required to make colloidal copper into an officially accepted medicine, or perhaps, the chemically synthesized 21st century fountain of youth.