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The importance of copper in the human body

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The importance of copper in the human body

Copper performs numerous tasks in the human organism and is one of the three essential trace elements. Copper is needed for iron absorption, for example.

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The daily requirement of copper

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The daily requirement of copper

The German Nutrition Society (DGE) recommends a daily copper intake of 1.0 to 1.5 mg for an adult. Children between the ages of one and seven should take in about 0.5 - 1.0 mg of copper per day. Copper is absorbed via the gastrointestinal tract.

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What happens when there is an excess of copper in the body?

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What happens when there is an excess of copper in the body?

Excess copper does not result from eating too many foods containing copper. Excess is caused by extreme supplementation of copper in far too high doses.

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Copper for cellular respiration

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Copper for cellular respiration

Copper performs vital tasks in the human organism. This includes cell respiration, for example. In this process, the cells are supplied with oxygen for energy production. Even small amounts of copper are sufficient for the body to be adequately supplied.

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