Do you ever wonder about what the minerals in your daily vitamin are for?
The mineral copper is rarely covered but it’s an important one to make sure you get, and it’s probably best to get it through diet than a pill.
Copper is an essential trace mineral that is involved in critical enzymatic processes. Some of the signs of insufficient copper in the diet are:
- anemia (iron deficiency type)
- reduced integrity of collagen in the joints
- weak blood vessels
- LDL/HDL cholesterol imbalances
- reduced immune function
If you are eating the following foods, chances are you’re getting enough copper:
- nuts (almonds, hazel-, wal-, pecans, and pea-)
- legumes (split peas)
- grains (whole wheat, rye, barley, millet)
- oils (olive, sunflower, corn, butter)
- fruit (coconut, papaya, apple)
- vegetables (peas, ginger, garlic, carrot, turnip
Hence the need to eat a balanced diet. You don’t have to be strict about it, take our advice and follow the 80/20 rule: eat the right things 80% of the time so you can indulge 20% of the time.
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