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Chapter 4 : Copper

Copper arrow_upward

  • Copper is an essential trace mineral.
  • Copper is involved in the absorption and metabolism of iron.
  • Copper helps keep your arteries flexible.
  • This mineral helps transport oxygen through your body, maintains hair color, and is used to make hormones.
  • In fact, for a variety of biochemical processes in the body to operate normally, copper must be a part of our diet.

  • Functions of Copper arrow_upward

  • It works with iron in the manufacture of red blood cells.
  • It is also important for the production of collagen which is responsible for the health of our bones, cartilage and skin.
  • It is one of the antioxidant minerals which protects against free radical damage.
  • It is necessary for the production of adrenal hormones.
  • It helps in the absorption of iron.
  • It maintains nerve fibers.
  • It is essential for the utilization of vitamin C.
  • It makes tyrosine usable which promotes skin and hair color.
  • It regulates cholesterol.
  • It inactivates histamine.

  • Sources of Copper arrow_upward

  • The best sources of copper include:
    • Organ meats
    • Seafood
    • Nuts
    • Seeds
    • Dried beans
    • Peas

    Daily Dose of Copper arrow_upward





    Birth- 6 months

    200 mcg


    7-12 months

    220 mcg

    1-3 years

    340 mcg

    4-8 years

    440 mcg

    9-13 years

    700 mcg

    14-18 years

    890 mcg


    19 years and older

    900 mcg

    Pregnant women

    1,000 mcg

    Breastfeeding women

    1,300 mcg

    Deficiency Symptoms of Copper arrow_upward



    Rheumatoid arthritis

    Cardiovascular disease

    Colon cancer

    Lowered resistance to infections

    Reproductive problems

    General fatigue

    Impaired brain function

    Excessive Intake and Toxicity Symptoms arrow_upward

    Excessive intake of copper can cause:

    • Abdominal pain and cramps
    • Nausea
    • Diarrhea
    • Vomiting
    • Liver damage

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