The mineral copper

What is copper?

Copper is a mineral that is very important to our body. It performs many functions in our body and is therefore necessary for the proper functioning of the body and for maintaining good health.

What are the functions of copper in our bodies?

-Along with iron, it participates in the synthesis of hemoglobin in red blood cells

-It is also apart of many enzymes

-Has an antioxidant function

-It is important for the health of bones and tissues and for their renewal

-Play an important role in the production of energy

-Is necessary for the proper functioning of the nervous system

Symptoms of deficiency

Tiredness, arthritis, osteoporosis, pallor, low body temperature, anemia, brittle bones, joint pain, thin hair, inflammation of the skin.

Symptoms of an overdose

Hypotension, heart disease, postpartum depression, paranoid and hallucinogenic schizophrenia, hyperactivity and autismin children, abdominal cramps, insomnia, hypothyroidism.

In what quantities do we need copper?

Infants 0-6 months, 200mcg/day 7-12 months, 220mcg/day  
Children 1-3 years, 700mcg/day 4-8 years, 1000mcg/day  
Adolescents Girls 9-18 years, 1100mcg/day Boys 9-13 years, 1300mcg/day Boys 14-18 years, 1500mcg/day
Adults Man> 19 years, 1700mcg/day Women>19years, 1200mcg/day

Pregnant, 1200-1300mcg/day
Breastfeeding, 1400-1500mcg/day

What foods are the best source of copper (the values ​​for the amount of copper are given for 100 g of the listed product)

Soy 0,4mcg
Lentils 0,3mcg
Cashew nut 2,2mcg
Sesame seeds 4,1mcg
Chickpea 0,4mcg
Sunflower 1,8mcg

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