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Copper

Dietary spirulina reduces copper toxicity, improves blood and growth

Posted January 30, 2014

Copper is a naturally occurring free metal. The body uses this metal for a variety of actions and regulates proper amounts. Too much copper taxes the kidneys and liver and can be detrimental. The right amount is essential. A certain blue-green algae called spirulina has been found to reduce copper toxicity and improve blood and growth in fish. This modulating action, as seen in this fish study, effectively eliminates excess copper obtained through overloaded water, soil and air. This study could translate to helping people with toxic amounts of copper in their body.

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Zinc protects brain cells from effects of copper toxicity

Posted January 20, 2014

The naturally occurring metal copper plays an essential role for certain functions of the body; however, underutilized copper can accumulate in the soft tissues of the body and actually be toxic. Too much copper can roam freely and accumulate in the liver and the brain, eroding necessary cellular functions. If copper is not bound, transported and utilized properly, it can damage the organs at the molecular level.

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Decreased Zinc and Increased Copper Levels Found in Individuals with Anxiety

Posted August 29, 2013

In a study involving 38 subjects with anxiety and 16 neurotypical age-, gender-, and size similar controls, individuals with anxiety were found to have significantly higher plasma levels of copper and Cu/Zn, and lower levels of zinc as compared to controls. Levels of zinc and copper were compared and assessed pre and post therapy for perceived anxiety symptoms.

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Is There a Link Between Premature Ovarian Failure and Serum Concentrations of Vitamin D, Zinc, and Copper?

Posted February 4, 2013

The risk of primary ovarian insufficiency (POI) increases in association with autoimmune conditions. Adequate intake of vitamin D (vit D) and trace elements is required for the immune system to function efficiently. The aim of this study was to evaluate vit D, zinc, and copper blood levels in women with POI who had given birth to at least one child and in women with normal menstrual cycles.

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Boost vigor and mental well-being by harmonizing copper levels in the body

Posted August 10, 2012

Migraines, depression, fatigue and insomnia – these are just a few of the disorders that may be caused by a remarkably common nutritional imbalance of copper. When proper levels of this mineral are not maintained, illness and disease can develop. Since copper deficiency and toxicity have far reaching health consequences, it is vital to recognize the signs of imbalance.

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Duke Study Examines the Role of Vitamin D in Treating Asthma

Posted April 30, 2012

Researchers at Duke plan to answer this by conducting a study — Vitamin D Add-On Therapy Enhances Corticosteroid Responsiveness in Asthma (VIDA) — to see if patients who are given a vitamin D supplement see improved corticosteroid response and, consequently, achieve better asthma control.

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