Why Copper Is Not The New Black

With spokespersons like Brett Favre copper wearables are becoming the new popular thing in sports and fitness clothing.  Copper is being touted for its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to help muscles to heal.

Well not so fast.  Most of the copper wearable products are woven into compression clothing.  Compression ankle, knee, back, elbow wear.  This can make the claims a little miss leading.  Because compression wear, any compression wear, has shown some ability to improve athletic performance.  But the copper in clothing has not shown any scientific proof of benefit.

Companies such as Tommie Copper have even been sued by the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.  And a judgement of $86.8 million was filed against Tommie Copper for making false claims.  But companies such as Tommie Copper, Copper Fit, and Copper Wearables are still making these strong claims that their product will bring down inflammation in joints and reduce muscle soreness.   And because of these claims these companies are doing huge business.

But if you check very reputable consumer protection companies like Consumer Reports you will see that there is just no proof that these products do what they say.  And our research also couldn’t find any conformation that these copper products had any real benefit.  We did find that just using a standard compression garments will give you some benefit in performance.  The standard garments are as good as anything else out there on the market despite how much we would love a concept like Copperfit socks to work.

So if you want to spend your money on a copper wearable product go ahead we just recommend that you do a little research to make sure you know what you are getting for your money and don’t be fooled by fancy advertising.

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