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Copper in health
Photo of euro coins
Picture 1. The new Euro coins are made from non-allergenic copper alloys. The copper's antimicrobial properties help prevent the spread of bacteria.
A catalyst for good health
  • Copper for coins
  • Copper for communications.
  • Copper for the body - sounds unlikely, but it's a fact.

Although the amount of copper found in the body (50–120 milligrams ) would fit on the head of a pin, this tiny quantity is essential. Research reveals that copper is vital for the optimal health of the human body - along with other mineral micronutrients such as iron, calcium and zinc. While copper is found throughout the body, it is concentrated in organs with high metabolic activity, such as the liver, kidneys, heart and brain.

The e-source has 4 pages:
  1. Introduction
  2. In your diet
  3. The roles of copper
  4. Balancing trace elements

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Question 1
The body's is the sum total of the chemical reactions that keep it going. It is fuelled by a diet of energy providing foods. However, to work efficiently, it needs a supply of such as iron, and copper.