Copper is important in our diet - it is necessary for respiration and strong bones.
Copper has several important functions, it is an antioxidant that protects cells from free radical damage. It is also responsible for making collagen that is necessary for healthy skin, bones and cartilage. A Copper deficiency can cause brittle bones, and it should be included in an osteoporosis supplement.
Effects of deficiencies are widespread, including anaemia, oedema, brittle bones and may manifest itself as irritability and loss of the sense of taste.
At a Glance...
Copper forms haemoglobin in red blood cells, and is involved in different aspects of blood flow. Also important in healthy skin tendons and nerves.
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