Copper deficiency in humans, and ways to overcome

Copper deficiency in humans, and ways to overcome

Copper in small amounts is essential for the functioning of the human body. The mineral combines with iron and aids healthy blood functions. Copper is a trace mineral and is required for survival and is present in all body tissues. The mineral helps in the production of red blood cells, maintenance of nerve cells, and building a strong immune system. Copper helps the body absorb iron. Copper aids in the formation of collagen, and boosts energy production. Copper in healthy quantities prevents osteoporosis and reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Hypocupremia or copper deficiency occurs due to inadequate consumption and absorption of dietary copper. The deficiency of copper in the body can have serious and damaging consequences on the health of an individual. Copper deficiency is characterized by neuropathy, unsteady gait, muscle spasticity, and, in some cases, anemia. Copper deficiency can lead to fatigue and weakness due to insufficient ATP production. This results in weaker immunity as the body struggles to gather WBCs and build immunity. Copper deficiency reduces the production of neutrophils which are key elements in building WBCs. Copper is essential for the formation and preservation of myelin, which coats nerves and promotes signal transmission in the nervous system. Weakness, numbness, and pain can be felt in hands and feet if an individual is deficient in dietary copper. Copper deficiency can lead to abnormalities in the spinal cord that can cause decreased body activity, discomfort, and fatigue.

Copper deficiency can lead to insufficient dopamine levels in the body, which can inhibit feelings of pleasure or comprehension of incentives. A deficiency can cause stunted growth, weakening bones, and anemia in infants.

How much copper is enough?
Copper levels in the brain may be affected by both too much and too little. Menkes, Wilson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other impairments have been associated with improper levels of copper in the body.

For teenagers and adults, the prescribed daily allowance (RDA) is about 900 micrograms (mcg) per day. Changes in diet can often help cure acute Hypercupremia foods such as oysters, crabs, and other shellfish, whole grains, beans, hazelnuts, peanuts, potatoes, kidney and dark leafy greens, like spinach and chocolate are rich in copper. Another easy way of ensuring copper intake is by using copper cook-ware and serve-ware.

Cooking, serving, and storing in copper vessels:
Ayurveda mentions the different benefits of consuming copper in traces. The metal is one of the most ancient ones used to store water, and cook meals. The wisdom on the usage of copper like many ancient traditions got lost in the race for faster, cheaper materials. Modern-day living sees a revival of copper, again making inroads to kitchens for the health benefits it offers. The market today offers a variety of utensils, bottles, and canisters to help naturally aid the consumption of copper. You can choose to cook in copperware, store in copper boxes, and drink out of good-looking handy copper water bottles to lead a healthy living. While copper in trace amounts is essential, excess of this can be damaging. Using substandard unlined copper-ware can lead to excessive leakage of copper in food and have harmful consequences. All our products are completely safe and thoroughly tested to offer the best quality.

Foods you may want to avoid storing in copper-ware:

Foods that have an acidic quality could read with copper-ware if stored for long periods of time. Acidic foods, like citrus fruits, tomatoes, lemon, fried foods can potentially dissolve copper into your food, hence you must avoid cooking, storing, or serving these in copper-ware.

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