Copper metal and alloys have been used for thousands of years, for money, jewelry, pipes and any number of other things important in our lives.
Just a week or so ago I learned a new use for copper that is far more important in our lives than any of things we make from it.
"Copper plays a critical role in the formation of a variety of proteins and enzymes involved in functions that keep us alive. Consequently, many disorders caused by copper deficiency stem from failure to adequately produce or release copper proteins and enzymes.
Copper is required for hemoglobin production in red blood cells, production and function of white blood cells, the absorption, transport and use of iron, energy metabolism, the development, growth and maintenance of bone and connective tissue, the formation and maintenance of myelin sheath (outer surface of nerve fibers), adrenal hormone production, thyroid hormone production, muscle tone, immunity, reproduction, tissue repair, pigmentation of hair and skin, and proper growth and development of infants and children."
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We learned about this while trying to find out why Dad was suddenly listless, and tired all the time. After a visit to the Dr, who ordered a huge amount of tests, we found that one problem was anemia and very low hemoglobin.
It turns out Celiacs have a tendency to become copper deficient.
We will see more Doctors in the next few weeks, but in the meantime we have added copper rich foods to Dad's diet. The good thing is that chocolate is copper rich. Is it any wonder that Dad has embraced this new adjustment in his diet?