SYMPTOMS OF COPPER DEFICIENCY
Copper is a mineral that is found throughout the body. It helps your body make red blood cells and keeps nerve cells and your immune system healthy. It also helps form collagen, a key part of bones and connective tissue. Copper may also act as an antioxidant, reducing free radicals that can damage cells and DNA. Copper helps the body absorb iron. Your body also needs copper to make energy.
Our body needs copper only in small amounts. Yet we often don’t eat enough copper-rich foods, given our stressful routines. Copper is utmost needed in many bodily functions.
A deficiency in copper, therefore, can have the following negative effects in our body, and this is just a short list!
- Anemia and low white blood cell count
- Brittle bones leading to osteoporosis
- Oxidation of LDL cholesterol that causes heart problems
- Poor immune system, low resistance to infections
- Thyroid disorders
- Low body temperature
- Water retention
- Stunted growth
- Hair loss and premature hair greying
- Skin problems