Copper in Diet

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Copper's Use in the Human Body

Utilizing Iron

Copper assists the body in efficiently utilizing iron.

Fights Against Free Radicals

In addition, it works to rid free radicals which attempt to attack and cause cell damage in the body's tissues.

Vital for Bone Health

It also aids in bone health and is necessary for the development of bones and connective tissue health.

Melanin Purpose

Copper also assist in melanin production. Melanin is a dark brown or black pigment which is naturally present to varying degrees within the skin, eyes, and hair in the human body. In animals, melanin is present in fur and feathers. It's also present in plant life.

RDA for Copper

All healthy adults require about 900 micrograms daily for good health. That equals 0.90000 milligrams daily.

Copper Deficiency Symptoms

- Feeling fatigued, ill, weak.

- Difficulty in breathing, respiratory issues.

- Poor immunity against illness, including slow healing wounds and an increased risk for infection.

- Diseases triggered by copper deficiency include anemia, osteoporosis, blood vessel disorders, elevated LDL blood cholesterol, decreased HDL cholesterol levels, thyroid disturbances and irregular heartbeat.

- Loss of pigment in the skin and hair.

- Join pain.

Copper Toxicity Symptoms

Toxicity is more likely to occur than a deficiency as the American food chain is very liberal with vitamin and mineral additives. If you home is fitted with copper pipes, this is an issue you should investigate.

Toxicity symptoms include:

- Abdominal pain which may be accompanied by nausea and vomiting, cramping, and diarrhea.

- Liver damage may occur in severe cases.

If the patient also has low zinc levels within the body, they may have the additional symptoms:

- Schizophrenia

- Headache

- Fatigue

- Stuttering

- Hyperactivity

- Depression

- Hypertension [elevated blood pressure reading]

Foods Containing Copper

The Grain Group

Pearled barley, fortified cereals, macaroni & cheese, bulgur, couscous, oat bran and pasta.

The Protein Group

Beef liver, oysters, Northern lobster, Alaska King crab, duck, nuts, seeds, beef kidney, turkey and tuna fish.

The Dairy Group

Vanilla shake, buttermilk, milk, cottage cheese, ricotta cheese - and most varieties of cheese, and yogurt.

The Fruit Group

Tomato products, seedless raisins, orange juice, prunes, pineapple, grapefruit juice, blackberries, mango, grapes, coconut meat, and apricot nectar.

The Vegetable Group

Mushrooms, beans, Vegetable juice cocktail, potatoes, sweet potatoes, greens, parsnips, artichokes, kale, cucumber, and asparagus.

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