Throwing Coins in the River: Superstition or Science ?
It is a common practice to make a wish upon a coin and throw it in the river to bring good luck. However, this tradition dates back to thousands of years and has a very scientific and logical reason behind it. In ancient times, rivers were the main source of water. Many primitive civilizations flourished at the banks of major rivers and water bodies. The river water was used for cooking, drinking, agriculture, plantation etc. The coins in ancient period were made of pure precious metals that were rich in minerals and had many properties for good health. Copper was the most common mental used in the coins.
Copper, chemical element symbol Cu, is a good electrical conductor. It is said to have antimicrobial properties, cure diseases and kill certain bacteria. Copper is said to have properties that purify and enrich water. It works under the principle of ionization to purify the water. The metal in the coins would dissolve in the water, thus further enriching the river water. This enriched water was used daily by the whole society. Since the body does not need a large quantity of copper, this ensured that everyone got a proper amount of copper each day for good health. Henceforth, via the ritual, people were encouraged to drop coins in the river to make sure enough copper level is constantly maintained in the water for all. In many homes, drinking water is still stored in copper vessels.
COPPER is an essential nutrient for the body. Together with iron, it enables the body to form red blood cells. It helps maintain healthy bones, blood vessels, nerves, and immune function and protects cells from damage. It also helps in iron absorption in the body. Low copper levels in the body have been linked to High Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure. It may lead to Cardiovascular disease, Osteoporosis (bone loss) and Anemia (low red blood count).
The richest dietary copper sources include shellfish, seeds and nuts, organ meats, wheat-bran cereals, whole-grain products, and chocolate, nuts, beans, fruits and vegetables. Tap water and other beverages can also be sources of copper, although the amount of copper in these liquids varies by source.
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