Do Metal Bracelets Work?

Some swear they prevent arthritis

(HealthDayNews) -- Many people believe in copper bracelets and their power to help relieve the pain of arthritis. The value of these bracelets has never been proved, but the journal Agents and Actions reports that a survey of 300 people with arthritis showed that a significant number of them did claim to get some benefit from copper bracelets.

In addition, when the bracelets were carefully weighed before and after wearing, a copper bracelet worn on the wrist lost 90 milligrams of metal in 50 days. That's just the right amount to maintain the body's load of this trace metal.

And yes, copper can be absorbed through the skin.

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