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.