Trace Minerals: Copper

almondsAs we continue the series on trace minerals, we will look at copper, which is the third most abundant trace mineral in the body, and a vital one at the that. Copper is at the core of normal body function. Without it, we cannot form superoxide dismutase (SOD), the superpower of all antioxidants. Copper also helps our bodies create collagen, the protein that forms healthy joints and supple, young skin. It also has a role in helping our bodies store iron, a critical component of the formation of hemoglobin in red blood cells.

While actual deficiency is rare, some health experts believe that the average person eating a typical Western diet, could benefit from a small amount of supplemental copper. Continue reading “Trace Minerals: Copper”

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Support Your Immune System: Zinc

According to Earl Mindell in his book Vitamin Bible, “Zinc acts like a traffic policeman, directing and overseeing the efficient flow of body processes (and) the maintenance of enzyme systems and cells.” So basically, it is involved in most bodily functions.

Zinc is a regulator of the immune system, ensuring that cells for identifying and killing microbes, viruses and cancerous cells are in good working order. Zinc also speeds wound healing and is used for the healing of burns and surgical incisions.

Studies have shown that zinc can protect against flu and colds. In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, seniors who took 45mg of zinc had fewer infections than those who took a placebo.

Just be careful – zinc can interfere with the absorption of copper in the long term. So if you are taking zinc for longer than a month, make sure to take 2 to 3 mg of copper a day.

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