We recently published an article about improving muscle mass and mentioned the benefit of copper in your diet. We have received many questions with regard to the benefits of copper so as we never like to disappoint, here it is!
Our bodies actually don’t actively produce copper, the only way we receive it is through consumption so finding copper rich food is the way to go.
It is recommended that adults should be consuming around 1.5 mg to 2.5 mg of copper per day.
Copper combines with proteins in our body to ensure we are functioning correctly. Too much or too little and we can suffer health issues.
If you’re experiencing weakness or energy loss, maybe should take a closer look at you copper intake.
Soothes Joint Pain
You will often see people wearing copper compression socks or wearing a copper bracelet. The fact is that copper is known to increase circulation and therefore soothe joint pain.
Stimulation of the Brain
Copper plays a huge role in brain functionality and thinking processes. The myelin sheaths are an essential part of the nervous system in your brain and copper helps in producing and rebuilding these. Ultimately this will impact how alert and fast you are able to process information.
Copper Rich Foods
You can purchase copper supplements but copper rich foods include:-
- Beef Liver
- Sunflower Seeds
- Dried Apricots
One of copper’s most important health benefits is that it improves the absorption of iron which in turn maintains proper red blood cell count. Iron and sugar are therefore distributed move evenly throughout the body. In short, copper promotes proper iron levels and decreases your chances of iron deficiency.
Strengthens Hair, Nails and Skin
Copper is a critical component in a nutrient called melanin. Melanin promotes hair, nail and skin growth and coloration. When melanin and copper work together, they create an enzyme called tyrosinase.This keeps your hair healthy and lessens your chances of the hair thinning and grey hair forming. It also keeps your skin smooth and flexible and reduces your chances of developing wrinkles.
Copper is known to kill bacteria and viruses. It can ultimately kill infections which may be lurking in your body. This in turn will boost your immune system and help your body defend itself. If you include the correct amount of copper in your diet it can also improve your body’s ability to digest food by awakening the muscles and allowing waste to travel through the body faster and more efficiently.