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Minerals & Nutrition > Copper

Copper acts as a catalyst in the formation of hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying blood component. The highest concentrations in the body tissue are found in the liver and certain areas of the central nervous system, particularly the brain. Copper is stored in the liver and excreted in bile salts. It is a chief component of elastin in muscle fibers throughout the body and we also need copper for:
  • the absorption & utilization of Iron
  • oxidizing Vitamin C - copper works with vitamin C to form elastin
  • aiding in the formation of hemoglobin and red blood cells
  • helps proper bone formation & maintenance
  • maintaining hair and skin colour
  • Healing
  • Energy production
  • Taste sensitivity
  • Healthy nerves and joints
  • Formation of collagen.
Copper Deficiency Symptoms:
  • General weakness
  • impaired respiration
  • skin sores
  • Osteoporosis
  • Anemia
  • Baldness
  • Increased blood fat levels
Dietary sources of copper
Whole grain cereals, Legumes, Oysters, Organ meats, Cherries, Dark chocolate, Fruits, Leafy green vegetables, Nuts, Poultry, Prunes, soybeans, Tofu, Organ meats, Shellfish, Nuts, legumes and nutritional supplements and the dietary intake of copper should be less than 1.0 mg per day.

Copper Poisoning
Excess copper may accumulate when one is over exposed and the body stores it in the eyes, brain, kidneys, and liver where it may cause cirrhosis of the liver which is a serious condition called Wilson's disease. But with care and proper diet, the body will in time find balance.


 



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Mineral Nutrition of Coastal Cultures In Pre-Historic Times
Minerals And Chi
The Thesis of Body Mineral Balancing
Ionic Versus Colloidal Minerals
Doctors Mistakes
Minerals & Trace Minerals,
A Clarification of Definitions
Mineral Facts
Minerals from Sea Water
Individual Minerals A-Z
Boron
Calcium
Chromium
Copper
Zinc



 

 
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