Kate's Cuisine

Jun 12 2009

Copper

Although you may not think of copper as a mineral that you need to survive, it’s very important for many things. Not only is copper the backbone of many enzyme systems but it also allows iron to work within the body, which helps prevent anemia. Copper also combats free radicals because it works as an antioxidant and bones, lungs, and blood vessels all depend on it for proper health. Copper is also very important in the healing of wounds.

There are many foods that have copper levels sufficient enough to get the daily requirements. These foods include legumes, shellfish, fish, whole grains, cereals, and green vegetables. Men and women should both get 900ug/day of copper.

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