What is Copper
Even though copper (atomic symbol Cu) is the third most abundant mineral in our bodies, it is still classified as a trace mineral. It plays numerous roles within the human body and is generally found in the bones, muscles, and liver.
Benefits of Copper
Copper is an important component in many enzymes with very specific functions in each one. It helps make up a transport-protein called ceruloplasm, which the body uses for iron metabolism, and to carry copper to tissues that needs it. Copper helps your body produce hemoglobin, a molecule used to transport oxygen. It is used to make superoxide dismutase, which is an enzyme the body uses to eliminate free radicals. Your nerves and joints both use copper to function better. It helps both the thyroid and prostate glands to function. Plus it may lower cholesterol and reduce arthritis.
Drinking water has been commonly found to have too much copper. If you consume too much copper, it may affect your neurological functioning, cause cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. It also has been linked to postpartum depression, autism, muscle pain, joint pain, headaches, fatigue, and other mental issues.
Copper deficiency may cause fatigue, rashes, loss of hair, osteoporosis, joint issues, high cholesterol, and poor immune functioning.
Foods high in copper are oysters, lobster, beef, nuts, sunflower seeds, molasses, spinach, sesame seeds, asparagus, crimini mushrooms, and legumes. It is suggested to consume 1-2 mg of copper per day.