What are the health benefits of copper?
A healthy balanced diet should contain a variety of vitamins and minerals, and copper in particular benefits bone, nerve, and skeletal health. Copper produces red and white blood cells, and triggers the release of iron to form haemoglobin, the substance that carries oxygen around the body. It's also thought to be important for infant growth, brain development, the immune system and strong bones. Our bodies though cannot produce copper itself, so must be obtained through certain foods.
Copper deficiency can be caused by a diet that lacks foods containing copper (such as shellfish, certain nuts, chocolate, liver, or red wine) or from ingesting high doses of vitamin C or zinc, both of which can block copper’s absorption. The body uses copper for proper bone, nervous system, joint, and circulatory system health. Oral supplements can overload the body with unnecessary copper and can do damage in people who are unable to metabolise the mineral. Therefore, some people find it beneficial to wear copper jewellery for the purpose of having a small amount of copper absorbed through the skin.
Some common symptoms of copper deficiency
Low body temperature
Skin inflammation and sores
People who are deficient in copper may benefit from wearing copper jewellery, since it can be absorbed through the skin. Jewellery is a good way of taking in the small
amount of the mineral needed. The healing properties of copper, in the form of bracelets, necklaces, rings, or earrings, can allow a minimal amount of the mineral into the body without overwhelming it. Some wearers of copper jewellery find it relieves the symptoms of arthritis and circulation problems.
If you think that you may be copper deficient it is advisable to see your GP and seek proper diagnosis and medical advice.
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