Copper

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Copper

Among its many functions, copper helps with the formation of bone, hemoglobin, and red blood cells, and works together with zinc and vitamin C to form elastin, an important skin protein.

It’s involved in the healing process, energy production, hair and skin coloring, and taste sensitivity.

This mineral is also needed for healthy nerves and joints.

One of the early signs of copper deficiency is osteoporosis.

Copper is essential for the formation of collagen, one of the fundamental proteins making up bones, skin, and connective tissue.

Other possible signs of copper deficiency include anemia, baldness, diarrhea, general weakness, impaired respiratory function, and skin sores.

A lack of copper can also lead to increased blood fat levels.

Too much copper can lead to toxicity, which has been associated with depression, irritability, nausea and vomiting, nervousness, and joint and muscle pain.

Ingesting as little as 10 mg usually causes nausea, 60 mg usually results in vomiting, and just 3.5 grams (3,500 mg) can be fatal.

Children can be affected at much smaller dosage levels.

Sources

Besides its use in cookware and plumbing, copper is also widely distributed in foods.

Food sources include almonds, avocados, barley, beans, beets, blackstrap molasses, broccoli, garlic, lentils, liver, mushrooms, nuts, oats, oranges, pecans, radishes, raisins, salmon, seafood, soybeans, and green leafy vegetables.

Comments

The level of copper in your body is related to your levels of zinc and vitamin C.

Copper levels are reduced if you eat large amounts of zinc or vitamin C.

If your copper intake is too high, your levels of vitamin C and zinc drop.

Eating a lot of fructose (fruit sugar) can make a copper deficiency significantly worse.

In a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, people who got 20% of their daily calories from fructose showed decreased levels of a red blood cell enzyme critical to antioxidant protection.

Cautions

Too much copper in your body can promote destruction of eye tissue.

People with eye problems should be especially careful to balance their intake of copper with that of iron, zinc, and calcium.

In one study, elderly people who ate a high-fat diet, rich in saturated fat and trans fat, and had high copper intakes (greater than 1.6 mg per day), seemed to experience greater cognitive impairment compared to those who ate a diet low in these fats or lower in copper (0.88 mg per day).

In this study, it was best to get copper from foods rather than supplements.

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