Potential Benefits: Copper is a vital component of a number of essential enzymes. It is essential for energy production, connective tissue formation, production of skin colour, iron metabolism, melanin formation and it also has an antioxidant function.
Copper is also necessary for the manufacture of the neurotransmitter nor adrenaline as well as for the pigmentation of hair.
Description: Copper is required in the formation of haemoglobin, red blood cells and for healthy bones. It helps with the formation of elastin as well as collagen -
Copper works closely with Iron for these functions.
Potential Side Effects: The absorption of large amounts of Vitamin C and Zinc can negatively influence the level of copper in the body, while large amounts of fructose can make a Copper deficiency worse
Potential Interaction: Severe copper deficiency is relatively uncommon, yet approximately 25% of the population may be at risk of Copper deficiency. The following groups are at most risk of deficiency; Infants/children fed only cow's milk formula as cow’s milk is low in Copper.
People with malabsorbtion syndromes like celiac disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, sprue and short bowel syndrome. People with cystic fibrosis as recent studies have shown cystic sufferers may have increased Copper deficiency.
General Usage: May be taken daily.
Food Sources: Almonds, Beef Liver, Cashews, Chocolate, Clams, Cocoa Drink, Crab, Dandelion, Hazelnuts, Lentils, Mushrooms, Oats, Oysters, Peanut Butter, Sesame Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, and Wheat Cereals.
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