Copper is a nutritionally important mineral and a chemical element.

nutritional information:

    IMPORTANCE: Necessary for the absorption & utilization of Iron; helps oxidize Vitamin C and works with Vitamin C to form Elastin, a chief component of the Elastin muscle fibers throughout the body; aids in the formation of red blood cells; helps proper bone formation & maintenance.

    DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS: May result in general weakness, impaired respiration, skin sores.

—courtesy of Austin Nutritional research

    “Zinc toxicity has been seen in both acute and chronic forms”, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. “Intakes of 150 to 450 mg of zinc per day have been associated with low copper status, altered iron function, reduced immune function, and reduced levels of high-density lipoproteins (the good cholesterol). One case report cited severe nausea and vomiting within 30 minutes after the erson ingested four grams of zinc gluconate (570 mg elemental zinc).”

    Sources of copper include: avocado, beans, broccoli, cabbage, chocolate, fish, garlic, lentils, lettuce, mushrooms, nuts, parsley, peas, seaweed, and spinach.

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scientific information:

    Copper is a ductile metal with excellent electrical conductivity.

    Name: copper

    Symbol: Cu

    Atomic Number: 29

    Periodic Table: Group (or family) 11 (old European IUPAC system group IB; old American CAS system group IB), coinage metals; Period 4; d-block

    Atomic mass: 63.546(3) g/mol

    Copper is antimicrobial, meaning that bacteria, vruses, and fungi are killed by coming into contact with copper. The ancient Egyptians used copper water pipes to clean their water supply..

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