Copper and Brass in Gym Equipment

Copper in the body

The health benefits of copper are known - since it's used up in daily body processes it should be incorporated into your regular diet. The general recommendation for adults to consume 1.2-1.7 mg of copper per day. This will help with many bodily functions such as reducing inflammation, tissue and organ growth, haemoglobin production and even brain function.
As an essential micronutrient, copper is useful for keeping our body healthy and effective during physical activity - and when gyms are involved, it's also useful outside the body.

Copper in the gym

Copper and Brass can help sanitise Gym Equipment
Copper and Brass can help sanitise Gym Equipment.

Bacteria spreads easily in the gym (maybe another excuse so you don't have to go) since there are so many frequently touched areas; bars, dumbells, machine grips etc. - and a generally humid environment, gyms can be perfect for breeding and spreading bacteria and viruses. As the coronavirus pandemic begins to subside, and gyms start to reopen around Australia, of course, cleaning and maintenance will be a high priority. But some thought should also be given to the ongoing antimicrobial effect copper has and how it can be used to help reduce the possibility of spreading germs via gym equipment.
A study by Grinnell College has shown that bacterial loads in stainless steel, iron or rubber handles and equipment are 94% larger than if copper alloys are used. Specifically, outbreaks of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) have been problematic in the past. The highest bacteria concentration was found on dumbells, which also had the largest reduction (97%) when substituted with copper.
Of course, proper hygiene and cleaning will always be important in a gym setting - but helping reduce the bacterial load will also reduce the chances of taking something you don't want home from the gym.

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