Monday, May 11, 2009

Copper: The Connector

Copper is a trace mineral which aids in the formation of bone, hemoglobin, and red blood cells. Copper promotes connective tissue formation and central nervous system function, and works with Vitamin C and zinc to form elastin, a chief component in skin tissue and muscle fibers.  Copper is involved in the healing process, energy production, hair and skin coloring, and taste sensitivity, and is important for the formation of collagen, one of the fundamental proteins making up bone, skin and connective tissue.

Possible Copper Deficiency Signs:
• Impaired breathing
• Chronic weakess
• Anemia
• Skin sores

Foods high in copper:
• Avocado
• Almonds
• Molasses (we suggest Blackstrap Molasses)
• Raw, green leafy vegetables
• Prunes
• Whole grains
• Eggs

Herbs high in Copper:
• Scullcap
• Sage
• White Oak Bark
• Horsetail
• Yucca

Uses of Copper in the Body:
• Aids in the absorption of iron
• Aids bone marrow in the production of red blood cells
• Cofactor in producing enzymes
• Insulates blood vessels, preventing ruptures

Clinical Uses of Copper:
• Anemia

Copper is generally plentiful in unprocessed, unrefined foods.  Deficiencies rarely occur without other nutritional deficiencies. 


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