More Copper in Diet: If You have Kidney Disease
Copper is a trace mineral that is essential for human health. It works with enzymes, which are proteins that aid in the biochemical reactions of every cell. Copper assists these enzymes in many crucial reactions in the body.
Copper’s functions include:
- Assisting in energy production
- Protecting cells from free radical damage
- Helping lysyl oxidase, an enzyme that strengthens connective tissue
- Assisting the brain neurotransmitters, norepinephrine, and dopamine
- Helping your body make hemoglobin, which is needed to carry oxygen to red blood cells
- Keeping the immune system, bones, blood vessels, and nerves healthy
Last reviewedSeptember 2014by Michael Woods, MD
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.