Liver and oysters are excellent sources of copper. It is also found in nuts, seeds, whole grains, legumes such as soya beans and lentils.
- name of the term :
Copper (symbol Cu) is a trace element. It is a component of many body proteins and can be found everywhere in the body. Only a small amount of copper is stored in the body (in the liver and the bones). The amount of copper in the body is therefore controlled by dietary intake.
- Component of numerous enzymes (called cuproenzymes).
- Acts as an antioxidant; protects cells from oxidative stress.
- Involved in the metabolism of iron; contributes to the transport of iron in the body.
- Contributes to the pigmentation of hair and skin.
- Supports the normal functioning of the immune system.
- Synonyms : Cu