Copper is an essential nutrient to the body for healthy living. It is primarily stored in the liver but small amounts are also found in all tissues in the body. Although only small amounts are required daily (1-2 mg for adults), copper plays a role in many key functions of the body’s healthy living, including the
- Growth, development, and maintenance of bone, connective tissue, brain, heart, and many other body organs.
- Absorption and utilization of iron.
- Synthesis and release of life sustaining proteins and enzymes which in turn produce cellular energy and regulate nerve transmission, blood clotting, and oxygen transport.
- Production of hemoglobin (red blood cells), collagen (component of bones and connective tissue), myelin (substance that surrounds nerve fibers), melanin (pigmentation), and elastin (connective tissue).
- Stimulation of the immune system to fight infections, repair injured tissues, and promote healing.
Copper is also becoming a vital treatment in many common health issues such as anemia, rheumatoid arthritis, and strokes.
Foods that contain copper include seafood (oysters, lobster, mussels, crab), organ meats (beef, liver, kidneys, hearts), enriched cereals (bran flakes, shredded wheat, raisin brain), fruits and vegetables (mushrooms, tomatoes, potatoes, bananas, and grapes), and nuts (cashews, macadamia, pecans, and pistachios).
1. University of Maryland Medical Center Article, www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/copper-000296.htm
2. The Benefits of Copper by Dr. George Obikoya, www.vitamins-nutrition.org/vitamins/copper.html
3. Copper – An Essential Nutrient by Suzanne VanDeGrift,