Copper, like zinc, is an essential trace element that is vital to the health of all living things and is a mineral. Such elements, along with amino and fatty acids as well as vitamins, are required for normal metabolic processes. As the body cannot synthesize copper, the human diet must supply regular amounts for absorption. However, like all essential elements and nutrients, too much or too little nutritional ingestion of this mineral can result in a corresponding condition of excess or deficiency of this mineral in the body, each of which has its own unique set of adverse health effects.
Copper works with iron to help your body make red blood cells and keep nerve cells and your immune system healthy. It also helps keep the blood vessels, and bones healthy. It aids in the formation of collagen, a key part of our bones and connective tissues. It may also act as an antioxidant, reducing free radicals that can damage cells and DNA. It helps the body absorb iron and to make energy. Because it is involved in the maintenance of cells related to almost every part of the body’s tissues, it is important for preventing joint and muscle pain, which is why it is sometimes used as a natural remedy for arthritis.
The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for copper is 900 micrograms for adolescents and adults. Copper deficiency is rare and often caused by genetic defects of copper metabolism or excessive intake of zinc or vitamin C supplements. Deficiency of this mineral can cause an increased risk of infection, osteoporosis, impaired neurological function, dilated veins, brittle bones, elevated cholesterol levels, anemia and compromised growth. Other physical effects of deficiency of this mineral include depigmentation of the hair & skin, lethargy, hair loss or paleness.
Even though it is the third most prevalent mineral in the body, it cannot be made by the body itself and must be obtained through certain foods. Oysters and other shellfish, whole grains, beans, nuts, potatoes, and organ meats (kidneys, liver) are good sources of copper. Dark leafy greens, avocados, beets, barley, oats, dried fruits such as almonds or prunes, cocoa, black pepper, and yeast are also sources of this mineral in the diet. It also enters the human body through drinking water in copper pipes or by using cookware.
Our range of products which are essentially rich in copper includes dark cocoa powder, various types of oats, whole grains and nuts or products made out of such ingredients (Health Bars, Nut Cookies or Nut Mixes). We also have a select range of premium quality dry fruits, which are healthy and tasty. Copper supplements are available as pills and capsules.
Just as copper is necessary for survival, too much mineral can be toxic. The tolerable upper intake level for copper has been set at 10 milligrams per day. It is also not recommended to take copper supplements and zinc supplements at the same time.
It has an essential role in keeping you healthy and hence eating a nourishing and balanced diet will help to maintain the essential level of the beneficial element in your body.