“C” all the health benefits “U” can get from copper

29
Jan
2021

Although your body only needs a small amount of copper which is a type of trace mineral, copper is still an essential nutrient which plays an important role in your health.

Health Benefits

Healthy heart: Copper take part in the formation of collagen which helps to connect and support body tissue which results in strong strength and healthy function of heart. Insufficiency of copper intake might cause heart failure.

Improves immune and nervous system: Copper involved in maintaining the immune and nervous system which protects your body against the virus. Sufficient amount of copper in your body will improve your immune and nervous system.

Reduced risk of osteoporosis: Osteoporosis happened when bone density is low and become fragile. Copper contributes to the production of collagen which helps to increase bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

Support brain health: Copper is essential in maintaining nervous system and development of a healthy brain. Lack of copper in your body can worsen brain function and nervous system.

Great sources of copper:

  • Organs: beef liver, cod liver and chicken kidneys
  • Pure dark chocolate (unsweetened)
  • Seeds and nuts: cashew nuts, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds
  • Lentils and beans: chickpeas, green peas and soya beans
  • Vegetable: potato, spinach and asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Milk and yoghurt
  • Seafood: lobster, squid and oyster

Symptoms of copper toxicity:

The recommended daily intake of copper for normal adult age above 19-year-olds is 900 mcg (approximately 2 small sizes of potatoes) for both male and female by the US Food and Nutrition Board (FNB). Too much intake of copper will cause the following symptoms:

  • Constant headache
  • Stomach-ache, diarrhoea and vomiting
  • Tiredness, no strength
  • Dizziness
  • Metallic flavour inside your mouth

Reference: Ods.od.nih.gov. 2021. Office of Dietary Supplements – Copper. [online] Available at: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Copper-HealthProfessional/