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Copper

Copper is an essential micro mineral in the human body. Copper appears in all living organisms and is essential for life. Copper atoms appear in the center of enzymes and proteins of great importance. Copper is also a vital component in different enzymes that help the neutralization of free radicals. Copper is also important for the production of red blood cells, and in metabolism of iron. Some components of the immune system require some level of copper.

Food sources of Copper - liver (beef, lamb), kidneys, soy-beans, seafood, shiitake mushrooms, snails, sesame seeds, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, avocados and bananas.

Copper and Arthritis - Copper is an important type of treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Excess or deficiency of the mineral may enhance the activity of free radicals and thus increase the risk of chronic degenerative diseases.

Copper and the heart - copper is essential for the pumping ability of the heart and helps in preventing the development of aneurysms. Also, copper ensures the existence of strong connective tissue growth in the arteries, which provides resistance to tears. Connective tissue of the heart muscle itself also depends on copper for prevention of heart muscle weakness due to malnutrition. Not only does this mineral help the heart to function better, it also monitors the levels of cholesterol, glucose and uric acid in our body. In addition, it helps strengthen bones, increases the production of red and white blood cells and contributes to growth of the baby.

Wound healing - Copper plays an important role in healing wounds and injuries. Scientists believe that the use of a bandage that releases copper immediately into the wound significantly prompts the healing process.