How it helps
■ Helps the body absorb and use iron.
■ Helps form blood cells and collagen (a type of connective
tissue found in skin and tendons.)
■ It is involved in hair and skin coloring and taste sensitivity.
Where copper can be found
Almonds, avocados, barley, beans, beets, broccoli, lentils, liver, mushrooms, nuts, oats, oranges, radishes, raisins, salmon, seafood and green leafy vegetables.
What are the signs of deficiency?
Copper is essential for the formation of collagen and deficiency can contribute to the symptoms of osteoporosis. Anemia, diarrhea and skin sores are other signs.
■ The level of copper is interdependent with the levels of zinc and vitamin C. If zinc and vitamin C levels are too high then copper levels will fall and vice versa.
■ The consumption of high amounts of fructose can worsen a copper deficiency.
Vitamins and Minerals: A Self-Hep Guide
This book provides a simple overview of the common vitamins and minerals available to help you supplement your diet when appropriate.
The information within this book is basic and does not claim to provide in any way comprehensive information of the subject matter but hopefully it can point you in the right direction when you need more information. All the information has come primarily from the government and authoritative bodies recommending daily intakes and pinpointing the limits of dosages per day. Experts in the field have tried to make the information easy to follow in this book.