Vitamin and Minerals- Vitamins and minerals are compounds necessary for the healthy functioning of our bodies. We need vitamins and minerals to help us grow, to see properly, to make bones, muscles, skin and organs, as well as to help us battle infections. Deficiencies in certain vitamins and minerals can lead to serious problems.
Water Soluble and Fat Soluble- Water soluble vitamins, such as B complex vitamins and vitamin C, dissolve in water and are excreted through the kidneys if you have excess amounts in your body. Fat-soluble vitamins--namely vitamins A, D, E and K--dissolve in fat and are stored in fat throughout the body.
Copper is a Mineral by both the geological and nutritional definitions. A geological mineral is an inorganic substance with a chemical formula and an ordered atomic structure, while a nutritional mineral is a chemical element required by living organisms. Copper falls under both of these definitions.
What is Copper?- Copper is a chemical element with symbol Cu and atomic number 29. It is a soft, malleable, and ductile metal with very high thermal and electrical conductivity. A freshly exposed surface of pure copper has a reddish-orange color.
What function does Copper have in the body?- Copper is a mineral that is found throughout the body. It helps your body make red blood cells and keeps nerve cells and your immune system healthy. It also helps form collagen, a key part of bones and connective tissue. Copper may also act as an antioxidant, reducing free radicals that can damage cells and DNA.
What foods are rich in Copper?- Beef liver, Sunflower seeds, Lentils, Almonds, Dried apricots, Dark chocolate, Blackstrap molasses, Asparagus, Mushrooms, and Turnip greens.
What should be your daily dose of Copper?- 2 mg
What happens if you have too much of this substance?- As little as 10 mg of copper can have a toxic effect
What happens when you have too little of this substance?- A Copper deficiency may lead to anemia and osteoporosis.