Copper Benefits

Overview

“Copper is a mineral found throughout your body. It’s a nutrient that your body must have to function properly. You only need trace amounts of this heavy metal. Lead, mercury, and arsenic are examples of heavy metals that aren’t good for you. But getting copper in trace amounts is essential. Getting too much of it or not enough of it can cause health problems.

 

What does copper do?

Copper has an important role in a number of functions, including the:

  • production of red blood cells

  • regulation of heart rate and blood pressure

  • absorption of iron

  • prevention of prostatitis, or inflammation of the prostate

  • development and maintenance of bone, connective tissue, and organs such as the brain and heart

  • activation of the immune system” [1]

 

Food sources and supplements

“Copper is found in a wide variety of foods.

  • oysters and other shellfish

  • whole grains

  • beans

  • potatoes

  • yeast

  • dark leafy greens

  • cocoa

  • dried fruits

  • black pepper

  • cashews are a direct source of copper

  • organ meats, such as kidneys and liver

  • nuts, such as cashews and almonds

Most fruits and vegetables are low in copper, but it is present in wholegrains, and it is added to some breakfast cereals and other fortified foods.” [2]

 

Benefits Of Copper

“The health benefits of copper include the proper growth of the body, efficient utilization of iron, proper enzymatic reactions, as well as improved health of connective tissues, hair, and eyes. It is also integral to preventing premature aging and increasing energy production. Apart from these, regulated heart rhythm, balanced thyroid glands, reduced symptoms of arthritis, quick wound healing, increased red blood cell formation, and reduced cholesterol are other health benefits of copper.

 

The health benefits of copper are crucial for an overall healthy existence, as this mineral enables a normal metabolic process in association with amino acids and vitamins. It cannot be produced by the body and therefore needs to be added from external food sources. It is the third most prevalent mineral in the body and is mostly carried by the blood plasma protein, ceruloplasmin. In order to enjoy the health benefits, it must be included in the daily diet, as it is used up in daily bodily processes.” [3]

[1] Healthline Health - Copper: Why this heavy metal is good for you.

[2] Medical News Today - Health Benefits and risks of Copper. 

[3] Organic Facts - 13 Incredible Benefits Of Copper