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Copper

It is involved in the absorption, storage and metabolism of iron. The symptoms of a copper deficiency are similar to iron deficiency anemia. Copper helps oxidize vitamin C and works with vitamin C to form elastin, a chief component of the elastin muscle fibers throughout the body. It aids in the formation of red blood cells and helps proper bone formation and maintenance. It also assists the thyroid gland in balancing and secreting hormones. Furthermore copper carries oxygen in the blood stream and supplies the body's tissues with oxygen.

Good sources of Copper are:
oysters
cherries
fruits
nuts
shell fish

Deficiency of Copper may cause:
lowered levels of HDL cholesterol
skin problems
swollen ankles
anemia
depression

 
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