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NUTRIENTS >> Copper

Copper is involved in the absorption, storage and metabolism of iron and the formation of red blood cells. It also helps supply oxygen to the body. The symptoms of a copper deficiency are similar to iron-deficiency anemia.

Daily amount needed
The estimated safe and adequate intake for copper is 1.5 - 3.0 mg/day.

Sources
Most fruits contain a small amount of copper, but kiwi fruit has a significant amount. Lima beans, cashew nuts, walnuts, beef and soya milk.

Deficiency symptoms and diseases
Anemia, arterial damage, depression, diarrhea, fatigue, fragile bones, hair loss, hyperthyroidism, weakness.

Normal values
The adult body contains between 1.4 and 2.1mg of copper per kilogramme of body weight.

Copper assessment via hair mineral analysis. An ideal range of copper in the hair is about 1.5-2.5 mg% or about 15-25 ppm. Any number higher than this tends to indicate excessive copper in the hair tissue and, by extension, in other tissues of the body. A hair copper level of less than about 1.5 mg% usually indicates hidden copper toxicity.

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