The role of Copper in your diet Die Rolle von Kupfer in der Ernährung Las funciones del Cobre en tu dieta

The role of Copper in your diet

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The role of Copper in your diet

Copper is a metal that is essential in our diet and for different functions in the body. It is found naturally in the soil, water and air, but also as part of food.

In the past, some cultures such as the Greeks, Egyptians and even Aztecs used copper preparations to relieve sore throats and rashes. Today, copper is used for many purposes, such as antifungal remedies, antiseptics and more.

Note that copper should be included in our diet, but in an appropriate ratio: when used in excess, copper can be toxic and cause side effects such as diarrhea, vomiting, bone fractures, schizophrenia and osteoporosis.

Copper in food

Our body requires at least 2 mg of copper per day and the best way to consume copper is through a balanced and varied diet. It is suggested that many plant foods are rich in this metal, although this depends on the richness of the soil in which they were planted. Otherwise, 50 grams of nuts or other seeds can usually meet our daily requirement of copper.

Currently, chocolate and cocoa products are often the main sources of dietary copper today. A chocolate bar of about 100 grams may contain 1 mg copper. If the chocolate is combined with milk, i.e. milk chocolate, the proportion of copper is much lower.

Chicken, rice, tea and even dairy products are considered low in copper, but because their consumption is usually in larger amounts, they can become an important source of this mineral.

Deficiencies

According to the WHO (World Health Organization), about 20 % of the population suffers from disorders associated with a diet deficient in copper. The most common are moderate to severe anemia, edema, bone demineralization, anorexia, changes in hair colour, stunted growth, fatigue and skin pigmentation.

That is why we recommend a daily dose of 3 mg per day, to avoid any of the above symptoms which are associated with its deficiency.

Benefits and features of copper

Copper provides numerous health benefits, here are a few of its main benefits:

  • Antioxidant, protects cells from free radical damage.
  • Involved in the formation of hemoglobin, so its deficiency can cause anemia.
  • Facilitates the development of bones, tendons, connective tissue and vascular system, as well as contributing to its maintenance.
  • Participates in the process of obtaining ATP, a substance that is used for cell energy expenditure.
  • It is linked to a substance known as interleukin - 2, which is one of the crucial messengers of our immune system.
  • Prevents infections by increasing the effectiveness of our immune system.
  • Participates in the synthesis of norepinephrine and melanin, two substances of great interest to the body's functions.
  • Reduces blood cholesterol levels.
  • Prevents the development of heart disease.
  • Minimises the risk of osteoporosis.
  • Contributes to improving pain in cases of arthritis.
  • Has the ability to reorganise collagen in the skin , so it is helpful for healing injuries and other impurities such as stretch marks, as well as aesthetic treatments against expression lines, eye bags and dermatitis.

Do not forget to include this trace mineral in your diet. Supplements can be helpful, but it is advisable to consult a doctor before taking copper supplements because although copper has many benefits, it should always be consumed in adequate quantities to avoid copper poisoning.

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on 15/03/2016
Interesting article! I had no idea copper played such an important role in the day to day functioning of our bodies and I am quite surprised actually... I always thought copper in any quantity was bad for the body and had apparently only heard of the symptoms of copper poisoning, which only happens as a result of TOO MUCH. Everything in moderation is the perfect summary!
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on 08/08/2014
Interesting. There's not much talk about copper, but obviously it's fairly important. Great article, very well written, and does a good job of talking about all the benefits of this mineral. Who would have known that chocolate and cocoa would be the primary source of such an important mineral. I think I'd much rather eat chocolate and nuts than take a supplement. mmm :)
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on 08/09/2013
The copper is apretty important mineral in our body but sometimes we forget about this, and then we end up with disfunctions in the body, to avoid this the easy way is providing copper with a supplement as the other person said, but if you want to do it in the right way then you have to learn to combine the right foods and know which foods contain more copper than others and combine.
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on 23/09/2013
Well to avoid disfunctions the most important is to talk to an especialist in this situation, I mean a person who can tell you which is the need of all the minerals in your body and if you are having enough of them, and if you don't then try to change the habits instead of relying in drugs or supplements
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on 06/09/2013
I keep the leves of copper ith a supplement, I canot recall the name now but it is very good when you have deficiency, although consuming the right foods should be enough to meet all the needs of the body, but if you cannot, then relying in a natural supplement can be a good option.

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