Copper

When thinking about copper, we may assume something to do with wiring and electronics, but it’s also an essential mineral that we take into our body. Copper plays a part in many of your body’s organs and systems.

Anti-inflammatory

An adequate level of in the body may delay or even prevent arthritis. That is why few people wear copper gloves, bracelets, and other accessories made of copper.

Antioxidant Properties

Copper has antioxidant properties. It is an antioxidant, and it may reduce the production of free radicals. Free radicals are damaging cells in the body and causing diseases, especially cancer.

Boosts Immune Health

Copper deficiency reduces the number of white blood cells in the body, causing neutropenia. Low white blood cell count can lead to infection. Adequate copper levels in the body help in the production of white blood cells and boost immunity.

Improves Cardiovascular Health

A low level of copper has been attributed to high blood pressure and cholesterol. Adequate copper levels reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and their associated diseases.

Protect bone density

Adequate copper levels decrease the risk of osteoporosis, which means porous bones, osteopenia, loss of bone mass, and increases in bone density. 

Collagen formation

Adequate copper levels help the body replace damaged connective tissues and the collagen needed to hold bones together.

Promotes Brain Health

Copper is involved in neurological processes and growth, and it is crucial for cognitive function. Itis also essential for brain-specific enzymes that control neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, neuropeptides, and dietary amines.

RDA for Copper

Ages 4-8        440 mcg

Ages 9-13      700 mcg

Ages 14-18    890 mcg

Ages 19 and older900 mcg

Copper sources

Many foods contain copper. Seafood (oysters, lobster, squid, mussels, clams) Organ meats (cow liver, kidneys, or heart), Nuts (cashews, filberts, almonds, pistachios, pecans, macadamia nuts, peanuts), Beans (lentils, soybeans, navy beans), Unsweet or semisweet chocolate or cocoa, Enriched cereal, Fruits and veggies, Blackstrap molasses and Black pepper.

Ginger green juice

Ingredients

  • Apples With skin 2 medium
  • Celery Raw 4 stalk, medium
  • Cucumber With peel 1 cucumber
  • Ginger root Peeled 1/4 cup slices
  • Kale 8 cup, chopped
  • Lemons with peel 1/2 fruit without seeds

Method

  • Process all ingredients in a juicer shake or stir to serve.

Nutrient profile

  • Calories 553
  • Carbs 123g
  • Fat 6g
  • Protein 28g
  • Fiber 35g
  • Sodium 346mg
  • Copper 15mg

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