IMPORTANT SOURCES OF COPPER
Our body cannot synthesize copper, so we need to obtain it from dietary sources. Copper is present in small amounts in various foods such as in meat, seafood, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts, leafy greens, garlic, and root vegetables.
Detailed list of copper rich dietary sources :
- Copper water (water stored in copper vessel for around 8 – 12 hours)
- Seafood, such as oysters, squid, lobster, mussels, crab, and clams
- Organ meats, such as beef liver, kidneys, and heart
- Nuts and nut butters, such as cashews, filberts, macadamia nuts, pecans, almonds, and pistachios
- Legumes, such as soybeans, lentils, navy beans, and peanuts
- Chocolate, such as unsweetened or semisweet baker’s chocolate and cocoa
- Enriched cereals, such as bran flakes, shredded wheat, and raisin bran
- Fruits and vegetables, such as dried fruits, mushrooms, tomatoes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, bananas, grapes, and avocado
- Blackstrap molasses
- Black pepper
Among these natural foods, oysters are the richest source of copper. Eating any of these foods that have been processed (packaged or canned) will not provide you any copper as copper content is lost in processing and prolonged storage in a highly acidic environment. A very good way of getting constant supply of copper for your body in sufficient amounts is by drinking water from copper vessels and preparing food in copper cookware! Ayurveda Some practitioners recommend drinking water stored overnight in a copper container first thing in the morning to promote good health and balance all three doshas.