Copper is a completely natural and environmentally friendly mineral that serves as a required nutrient in many ecosystems, and plays a vital role in many cellular functions in the human body. Copper naturally provides protection against viruses and microbial growth to prevent odors and stains in the product.
Numerous studies have outlined both the exceptional antimicrobial effects of copper and the benefit of human exposure. For example, it is shown to be 1,000 times more lethal to the flu virus than stainless steel, with a contact kill rate of 99.999999% per hour. Generally, no live organisms have been recovered after prolonged incubation of microorganisms on copper surfaces. This strong antimicrobial effect has also been shown to occur when bacteria and viruses are in close proximity to, but not directly in contact with, copper particles. When foam that is infused with CopperGel™ is compressed, the otherwise evenly dispersed copper particles become concentrated at the surface of the foam, forming an antimicrobial film close to the human skin which helps increase health benefits for sleepers. These attributes make for a cleaner mattress and a more hygienic sleep.