Copper

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Sources of Copper

Seafood-oysters, crabs, bluefish, perch, lobster  

Meats-calf, duck, lamb, pork, beef liver, and kidneys  

Nuts and Seeds-almonds, pecans, walnuts, fiberts, brazil, sesame, sunflower, pistachio  Vegetables-soybeans  

Grains-wheat germ and bran  

Miscellaneous-yeast, gelatin, bone meal, corn oil, margarine, mushrooms, chocolate  

Other sources-copper water pipes, copper sulfate added to drinking water, copper compounds used in swimming pools, mineral supplements, copper cookware and tea kettles, vegetarian diets, stress, exhaustion of the adrenal gland  

Role in the Body

  1. Energy production
  2. Female reproductive system
  3. Blood formation

Functions

  • Circulatory-structure of blood vessels, aorta, and heart muscle   
  • Blood-formation of hemoglobin
  • Nervous-maintenance of myelin sheath on nerves
  • Reproductive-essential for fertility, menstrual cycle
  • Endocrine-synthesis of stimulatory neurotransmitters
  • Musculo-skeletal-bone and connective tissue structure
  • Immune-boost immune system
  • Integumentary-needed for skin, hair, nails, and pigments
  • Energy-engery production (electrol transport system)

Low Copper Level Symptoms

Anemia, atherosclerosis, fatigue, demyelination of nerves, diarrhea, edema, hair loss, impaired collagen formation, aneurysms, low female hormone production, loss of hair color, osteoporsis  

Copper Excess Symptoms

Acne, adrenal insufficiency, allergies, alopecia, anemia, anorexia, anxiety, arthritis, autism, cholesterol elevated, cancer, cystic fibrosis, depression, diabetes, estrogen (imbalance), fatigue, fears, fractured bones, headaches (migraines), hemorrahages, heart disease, hyperactivity, hypertension, hyperthyroidism, hypochlorhydria, infections, inflammation, insomina, mind racing, mood swings, MS, myocardial infarction, nausea, pancreatic dysfunction, premenstrual tension, schizophrenia, sexual inadequacy, spaciness, strokes, tooth decay, UTIs, vitamin deficiencies  

Synergistic Nutrients

Absorption-proteins

Antagonistic Nutrients

Zinc, manganese, iron, calcium, molybdenum

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