Oct 16, 2009

15 Facts About Copper and Food Sources

Copper isn't one of the necessary minerals that you hear about the most, but it's a trace mineral that plays important roles in the body, which include:
  1. iding the body in the production of hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying molecule in the blood
  2. Works with Vitamin C to aid in formation of collagen...the part of th cell membrane that supports muscles and tissues.
  3. It conducts electricity so aids the nervous system
  4. Oysters and nuts contain copper
  5. It's in drinking water that comes through copper pipes
  6. The fact that zinc and copper compete with one another for absorption in the digestive system should be considered
  7. Our body stores about 100 mg of copper, mostly in our liver and brain, the muscles contain the rest
  8. There are some who are concerned that we are getting too much copper because of certain factors, for example copper piping, and others who are concerned that we don't get enough.
  9. You do not need to supplement a lot of copper, but it is found in mineral supplements like Trace Mineral Maintenance.
  10. Other natural sources that include copper are whole grains, esp. buckwheat, whole wheat, shellfish ie shrimp, liver and other organ meats, dried peas, beans, dried fruit ie prunes, yeast, and dark green leafy veggies to name a few.
  11. Blood tests can determine whether copper is low and supplementation is needed.
  12. Copper toxicity can contribute to fatigue, irritability, nervousness, depression, learning problems, and in more severe cases, anxiety states, joint and muscle pain, poor memory, psychological depression, schizophrenia, epilepsy (more than 2 seizure episodes considered epilepsy), autism, hypertension, stuttering, hyperactive children, pre-eclampsia in pregnancy, and a few other conditions. Remember, this list can be caused by many other things too, a health care provide can help you determine whether Copper is the cause.
  13. Wilson's Disease affects how the body metabolizes copper, and can lead to high, even fatal levels of copper in the liver and brain, often treated by chelation with agents that bind with copper and carry it out of the body.
  14. Iron deficiency is often accompanied by copper deficiency
  15. Low copper levels can reduce thyroid function, weaken immunity, contribute to irregular heart rhythms, cause bones to loose minerals, and more...again, you should have blood tests to determine whether your copper level is low, not guess based on symptoms that can be cause by other things as well.

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Chromium and Glucose Tolerance
Magnesium, 12 Facts and 8 Sources

1 comment:

  1. That is interesting, Claudia. I need to see what I am taking that may have copper in it. And I am trying to drink less purified water to get some minerals that way.