Many People Are Missing This Important Mineral

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Many People Are Missing This Important MineralCopper is often forgotten when it comes to checking mineral levels. After all, do we really need copper for our good health? Researchers at the University of North Dakota would argue that, in fact, copper is very important for maintaining health.

The researchers state that copper has been known to be essential for health for more than three-quarters of a century. Myriad experiments with animals reveal that the cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and nervous systems are most sensitive to deficiency. Copper in the Western diet has been decreasing at least since the 1930s; in fact, at least one-fourth of adults consume less than the estimated average requirement published for the United States and Canada.

The research team reviewed clinical trials involving copper supplementation. They found that almost 1,000 people have benefited from supplements containing copper in controlled trials. In addition, people deficient in copper are being identified increasingly. They conclude by stating that Alzheimer’s disease, ischemic heart disease, and osteoporosis are the most likely human illnesses caused by low copper intake.

Follow this nutrition advice: make sure your copper intake is adequate. Incorporate these healing foods into your weekly diet:

— Oysters (raw)
— Legumes (dried beans and peas)
— Wheat bran
— Wheat germ
— Organ meats
— Shellfish
— Crimini mushrooms

Besides these copper-rich foods, you can supplement with the mineral. Keep in mind you shouldn’t take above the amount suggested below. While the exact level at which copper causes problems isn’t quite known, some say 10 milligrams can cause nausea and 60 mg vomiting. If taking zinc, copper is safe at up to three mg a day.

Drinking tap water that flows through pipes made of copper? You may already be getting your requirements, or even more so. Consult your doctor before taking any supplements. The important thing to remember with copper is to avoid deficiency, but not to take too much of the mineral either.

To find out about another mineral that many North Americans are deficient in, read Boost Your Immune System with Zinc.

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