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Copper

What is copper? Copper is an essential mineral that is important in maintaining our health.

In terms of bioavailability, the absorption of dietary copper is enhanced by certain substances like L-amino acids and picolinic acid.

Copper deficiency 

  • Adults typically require about 1.5 to 2.0 mg of copper daily to maintain health. 
  • Diets high in zinc and low in protein can lead to copper deficiency. 
  • High fiber diets might also increase copper requirements.

Copper benefits

  • Adequate copper intake is crucial for heart health, immune function, and preventing diseases related to ageing, such as cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Interaction with other dietary components like iron and ascorbic acid can affect copper status, impacting its effectiveness and absorption in the body.
  • Copper is a component of superoxide dismutase, an important antioxidant enzyme that helps protect cells from oxidative damage.
  • Copper is vital for the production of ATP, the energy currency of the cell, as it is a key component in the electron transport chain within mitochondria.
  • Copper helps in the synthesis of collagen and elastin, which are essential for the strength and elasticity of connective tissues throughout the body.
  • Copper plays a role in brain development and neuroprotection by helping regulate neurotransmitter pathways and brain cell signaling.
  • Copper is essential for the proper functioning of the immune system. It helps develop and sustain immune cells necessary for fighting infections.
  • Copper’s role in collagen production also benefits skin health, aiding in the prevention of premature aging and contributing to skin's firmness and smoothness.

References

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