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Copper: all you need to know!

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Charmie Patel

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Copper
Sources of copper
The best dietary sources of copper includes:
Seafood (especially shellfish)
Organ meats
Whole grains and legumes
Nuts (peanuts and pecans)
Vegetables such as potatoes, peas, dark green leafy, mushrooms
Red meat
Fruits such as coconuts, papaya, apples, lemons.
Chocolate (dark chocolate)
Functions
Foods high in copper...
help your body utilize iron
reduce tissue damage caused by free radicals
maintain the health of your bones and connective tissue
help your body produce the pigment called melanin ( color pigment)
keep your thyroid gland functioning normally
Copper works with iron to help the body form red blood cells. It also helps keep the blood vessels, nerves, immune system, and bones healthy.
What is copper?
Copper was first recognized in the 1870's as a normal constituent of blood. It is a trace mineral that plays and important role in our metabolism. It is the third most abundant trace mineral in the body, after iron and zinc.
Uses
Deficiency in copper
Works cited
Copper can be a great benefit to those who suffer from anemia. One of the symptoms of anemia is lowered levels of hemoglobin, which are the main components of blood. Copper, along with iron, are essential for the formation of hemoglobin, and so are considered to be important for those suffering from anemia.
Other health conditions that copper helps prevent or treat are:
Allergies
Baldness
Heart Disease
Leukemia
Hypothyroid disease
Deficiency in copper can lead to joint pain, lowered immunity and also anemia.
Events that indicate copper deficiency:
iron deficiency anemia
blood vessels that rupture easily
bone and joint problems
frequent infections
loss of hair or skin color
fatigue or weakness
difficulty breathing and irregular heart beat
skin sore
Toxicity
Copper in large amounts can be poisonous. The increased amount of copper in tissues leads to hepatitis, kidney problems, brain disorders and other problems.

Interesting facts
Copper was first used as early as 10,000 years ago
Copper does not react with water, therefore, copper plumbing is common and even the Egyptians, thousands of years ago, utilized copper in this way
Copper is recyclable.
Chiff.com. www.chiff.com/vitamins/copper.htm
Evert, Alison. Medlineplus. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlinplus/ency/article/002419.htm. February 18/2013
George Mateljan Foundation. whfoods.org. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=53. October 7/2013
By: Charmie Patel
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