Benefits Of “Copper” Supplements
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Copper benefits may also help to protect bones, prevent anemia, boost immunity, prevent heart rhythm problems, regulate blood pressure, balance cholesterol levels, and protect against cancer.
It is an anti-inflammatory agent and is therefore helpful for osteoarthritis. Copper bracelets leach the copper into the system through perspiration - adding to levels in the blood.
Two thirds of Americans get less than 1.5 milligrams of this dietary mineral daily. The recommended amount set by the Food and Nutrition Board is 1.5 to 3.0 milligrams. Because some of us may not get enough of it in our diets, it is recommended to take a daily multiple supplement that contains 1.5 to 3.0 milligrams.
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Consuming too little of this mineral may contribute to numerous health problems, such as osteoporosis, heart rhythm problems, increased blood pressure, and glucose intolerance. Some studies supports the theory that a lack of copper can also contribute to cholesterol problems. It also helps in absorbing and using iron. A severe deficiency can result in anemia similar to that observed in iron deficiency.
Some animal studies suggest that it helps protect against cancer. Two copper containing substances in our bodies work as antioxidants, disease fighters that neutralize harmful forms of oxygen that can lead to cancer. Other minerals with antioxidant roles include manganese, molybdenum, and selenium.
It is also important to the immune system. It may be linked; along with calcium, vitamin D, manganese, and zinc, with the formation of healthy bones.
A study showed that people suffering from Menkes’ disease, a rare genetic disease that does not allow efficient metabolism of copper, have frequent heart, urinary infection and skeletal problems.
Experts suggest, that if you use dietary supplements, you should take in ten times as much zinc as copper, and no more, to maintain a proper balance. Even if you are getting enough, a deficiency can be caused by an imbalanced supplementation of zinc, which interferes with copper utilization.
People with Wilson’s disease, (a rare inherited condition that inhibits proper copper metabolism) should not take this mineral. Symptoms of this disease include a golden brown or greenish ring around the cornea of the eye, mental deterioration and cirrhosis of the liver.
As with all dietary supplements, copper supplements should be used in amounts typically recommended for nutritional purposes only.
Food sources of copper include nuts, cocoa, cherries, shellfish (especially oysters), mushrooms, whole grain cereals, and gelatin.
Herbal sources of copper include burdock, horsetail and skullcap.
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