- Copper is a very important trace mineral
- A copper deficit can lead to high cholesterol levels
- There are other aspects of cardiovascular health which are also protected by copper
- Trace elements are deficient in nutrition because of lack in soil and water
- When did you first notice the first gray hair?
Wilson's disease is always brought up as a reason not to take copper. Copper is easily balanced and excreted from the body. Wilson's disease affects 1600 people in the United States. It is very rare.
The RDI recommends about 2 mg a day. Pushing in the range of 7 to 8 mg may be better. Copper can be found in natural springwater. This part was furnished in the sanatoriums in the past as part of natural healing. Copper pots and utensils can be used to increase copper content of food and water.
Weight loss may be influenced because of the effect of copper on lipid metabolism. http://www2.cenegenics.com/e/49072/-burning-fat-researchers-find-/c2b46s/525026257
http://www2.cenegenics.com/e/49072/content-65-19-2151/c2b46q/525026257 indicates that low DHEA may be a sign of suboptimal copper levels. With our current environment we are seeing a premature drop in hormones. Perhaps these trace elements make a difference.
It is important to review some of the trace minerals that may have a significant effect on our health. Boron was reviewed previously. http://www2.cenegenics.com/e/49072/blog-the-story-of-boron-/c2b46v/525026257
Here is copper.
What if this aspect alone added 20 good years to your life? That may be the importance of trace minerals.
Copper is the metal of healing and love. http://www2.cenegenics.com/e/49072/copper-the-essential-metal-/c2b46x/525026257 The love part refers to the cardiovascular health but there are many other areas of benefits.
A deficiency of copper rather than excess is more worrisome for the majority of the population in the world. In the United Kingdom, the source of copper in dairy, meat, and other foods has decreased significantly. 80% of the US population is probably deficient in this metal. http://www2.cenegenics.com/e/49072/search-q-copper/c2b46d/525026257 This relates to the fact that copper is not present in the soil or in our water sources.
A deficiency does not send you to the emergency room on an urgent basis. Again, signs are subtle and so this has been easily overlooked. That is, perhaps, until 20 years down the line with an acute cardiovascular event. Marginally low copper levels can be dangerous and have long-term consequences. This may be slow in onset but still can affect longevity.
One of the common causes of anemia is low copper. This can also be seen with low while blood cell numbers.
High sugar levels come down with increased copper.
Copper is used to produce collagen and elastin with benefits for skin and hair. It also delays graying of the hair. Graying of hair before age 50 or 60 may be indicative of an early stage of trace mineral deficiency. This may involve minerals other than copper that are vital to health.
Bamboo salt is a good nutrient source for trace minerals. http://www2.cenegenics.com/e/49072/al-deficiencies-modern-people-/c2b46g/525026257 So is Himalayan salt. http://www2.cenegenics.com/e/49072/-doc-what-do-i-do-with-this-2-/c2b46j/525026257
As far as metabolic function, it attaches to ceruloplasmin which regulates antioxidant function.
It also may affect thyroid function. http://www2.cenegenics.com/e/49072/ored-in-a-copper-vessel-232020/c2b46l/525026257
As far as cardiovascular effects: http://www2.cenegenics.com/e/49072/search-q- copper/c2b46d/525026257 http://www2.cenegenics.com/e/49072/content-65-19-2151/c2b46q/525026257
It is the only nutritional deficit that increases cholesterol. Increased copper can be seen with an evaluation in CRP. The copper is probably not causing inflammation but is a sign of increased inflammation. Lack of copper is involved with increased formation of aneurysms (dilation) of large blood vessels. Again, this has to do with the collagen and elastin which are used in the formation of blood vessels.