NUTRITION WHY’S #44: WHY COPPER ? Copper is an important trace mineral that you need everyday. The easiest way to get the Copper you need is in a Multivitamin/Multimineral with Copper and Zinc in balance at about 20 mg of Zinc and 3 milligrams of copper.

NUTRITION WHY’S #44: WHY COPPER ? Copper is an important trace mineral that you need everyday. The easiest way to get the Copper you need is in a Multivitamin/Multimineral with Copper and Zinc in balance at about 20 mg of Zinc and 3 milligrams of copper. Taking Zinc alone at greater than 50 milligrams can lead to a Copper deficiency anemia as can taking large amounts of Molybdenum. In addition to being needed for red blood cell formation, Copper helps to connect the brain cells so that they function correctly and Copper is important for liver function. The body only stores 75 to 100 milligrams of Copper so the balance of intake and excretion is carefully controlled. Copper is carried in the blood bound to a protein (Ceruloplasmin) which keeps the levels of free Copper normal. A genetic disease called Wilson’s Disease occurs in 1 of every 30,000 people where the levels of this protein which carries Copper are low. This leads to an inability to get rid of extra Copper through the liver and gallbladder bile so that it can get out of the body through elimination from the large intestines. As a result Copper accumulates in the brain and liver leading to liver failure and mental changes in thinking and personality. It is usually diagnosed between 5 and 35 years of age and must be considered in any one presenting with rare forms of liver disease. Copper accumulates in the eye forming a green ring that is visible around the iris of the eye. Foods rich in copper include oysters, lobster, crab, nuts, seeds, barley, and mushrooms, but the easiest way to get the Copper you need is to take a Multivitamin/Multimineral with a balance of Zinc and Copper. Balanced Nutrition for a Healthy Active Lifestyle includes getting the Trace Minerals like Copper every day!! #drdavidheber #multivitamin #copper #liver #brain to learn more go to www.drdavidheber.com and www.herbalifenutritioninsstitute.com

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