Copper Deficiency Affects 20% of Population: The Symptoms and Your Best Natural Solutions

Posted May 28, 2009. There has been 1 comment

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Did you know that  20% of Americans have copper deficiency? . If you have osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis or just feel sluggish, it could mean that you need more of the micronutrient, copper, in your diet!

Who knew that copper deficiency was so widespread?

Fully 20% of the US population has copper deficiency, and one way to tell is through your symptoms. 1

Copper deficiency can be connected to these symptoms:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Colon cancer
  • Lowered resistance to infections
  • Reproductive problems
  • General fatigue
  • Impaired brain function

The Standard American Diet, digestive disorders, liver problems and improperly taking micronutrients, like iron and zinc, can lead to a dietary copper deficiency. With symptoms ranging from mild to serious depending on the severity and duration of your deficiency, copper is a mineral that deserves some notice.

Copper is a mineral that is actually considered a micronutrient because your body only needs it in very small amounts.

The World Health Organization calls micronutrients “magic wands” that help your body produce enzymes, hormones and other substances you need for proper growth and development.

Copper works with iron to make red blood cells and is a key component for nerves and collagen. This micronutrient also plays a role in fertility, immunity, and skin pigment or melanin formation.

Research has shown that copper helps:

  • Fight bone loss
  • Maintain fertility
  • Strengthen your blood vessels, bones, tendons and nerves
  • Your body use stored iron
  • Aid collagen formation
  • Promote healthy skin and hair color
  • Make important antioxidants

Copper is most definitely a vital micronutrient, and fortunately, the easiest way to get the copper YOU need is toeat a healthy diet and make sure you digest what you eat!

Body Ecology Can Help Prevent and Treat Copper Deficiency

Body Ecology offers a comprehensive approach to health and healing that emphasizes a diet rich in macronutrients and micronutrients. We understand how important it is to digest what you eat so that you obtain those essential vitamins and minerals, including copper, each day.

We teach that vitamin and mineral deficiencies are often the underlying root cause of several states of dis-ease in the human body. The good news is, we also offer solutions so that you can give your body the valuable nutrients it needs.

Here are some of the best Body Ecology food sources of copper that support overall health:

All of these delicious options are part of the Body Ecology system for health and healing.

Good health is about the choices you make each day: what you eat, the thoughts you think…essentially, your lifestyle choices. Body Ecology guides you toward foods that will keep your body and mind energized and healthy.

The foods and principles of Body Ecology work together to create optimal digestive health and a balanced inner ecosystem. This includes building up the beneficial microflora (good bacteria and yeast) that live in your intestines, keeping you healthy and strong.

When you have a thriving inner ecosystem, your body digests your food better, absorbs more minerals (including copper) and has stronger immunity.

Try some of the foods above if you are looking for a delicious introduction to Body Ecology.

You can find more information AND delicious recipes in The Body Ecology Diet, by Donna Gates. The book is packed with healthy copper-containing recipes for quinoa, vegetables, seafood and meat dishes. You’ll even get to make healthy dessert recipes that are packed with minerals.

What’s more, you’ll learn about the benefits of fermented foods and drinks, those delicious, convenient probiotic-rich foods and drinks that multiply the benefits of vitamins and minerals by hundreds of times.

Take Control of Copper Deficiency

Are you ready to look younger, feel more energetic and fight chronic disease?

Then get serious about reversing copper deficiency, and let YOUR food be your medicine to create a healthy body and mind.

Sources:

  1. “Copper: Are You Getting Enough?” CopperInfo.com.
  2. http://www.copperinfo.com/health/deficiencies.html

  3. “Micronutrients,” WHO.int.
  4. http://www.who.int/nutrition/topics/micronutrients/en/index.html

  5. “Copper,” NutriHerb.net. http://www.nutriherb.net/copper.html
  6. NutriHerb.com

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1 Comment

  • Anyone taking the AREDS supplement formula for ARMD should be aware that the zinc content is WAY TOO HIGH for the amount of copper content. If you are or have been taking an AREDS vitamin formula containing 80 mg. zinc and 2 mg copper, STOP taking the supplements immediately and see your doctor.

    Posted on Aug 24 at 8:19 am

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