Benefits of Copper
Copper is a trace chemical element, and key component in collagen production. Skin with plenty of collagen tends to be firm, elastic, and youthful-looking
Copper is a trace chemical element, and key component in collagen production. Skin with plenty of collagen tends to be firm, elastic, and youthful-looking. As our bodies age, collagen formation slows down. This reduction in collagen formation manifests itself in wrinkles, saggy skin, and a lack of elasticity.
This slowing down of collagen production is correlated with a decreased presence of “GHK-cu copper peptides” in blood plasma as we age. Studies have shown that at age 20, GHK-cu copper peptides exist in a concentration of about 200 ng/mL in blood plasma (that’s 200 nanograms per milliliter). By the age of 60, that number decreases to about 80 ng/mL.
These peptides are small fragments of protein that bind with copper, which is found in trace amounts throughout the body’s cells. When these peptides are at work, they encourage blood vessel growth, help promote skin regeneration, stimulate collagen, and boost antioxidant activities.
Essentially, copper acts as a conveyer that carries nourishing, restorative proteins to the skin. When there’s not enough copper in the body to carry out this work, the visible signs of ageing become more obvious.
Copper plays an important role in maintaining a healthy body and has a variety of health benefits.
Studies on animals have suggested that maintaining copper levels in the body may delay or even prevent arthritis. This is why some people wear copper gloves, bracelets, and other accessories made of copper. However, studies conducted in volunteers with arthritis have shown no benefit from wearing copper jewelry.
Research studies have found that copper has antioxidant properties. Since copper contains antioxidants, it may reduce the production of free radicals. Free radicals are known for damaging cells and causing diseases, especially cancer.
Improves Cardiovascular Health
There has been evidence linking high blood pressure and cholesterol to low levels of copper. One study published in the European Heart Journal suggests some patients with heart failure can benefit from adding copper supplements to their diets. Other studies in animals have found a connection between low copper and cardiovascular disease. However, it unknown whether low copper has the same effect on humans.
Boosts Immune Health
Cooper deficiency and low copper intake have been shown to reduce the number of white blood cells in the body, causing a condition called neutropenia. Having a low white blood cell count can make a person more vulnerable to infection. Maintaining copper levels in the body may help with the production and support of white blood cells and in keeping the body healthy.
Protects Bone Density
Severe copper deficiency has been linked to a greater risk of osteoporosis, osteopenia, and decreases in bone density. Osteoporosis is a condition that weakens bones and makes them susceptible to fractures. Osteopenia causes bone mineral density to be lower than it should be, and it is considered a precursor to osteoporosis.
More research needs to be done to determine whether low levels of copper alone may affect bone health and if copper supplements may actually prevent osteoporosis and manage its effects.
Assists in Collagen Production
Since copper has antioxidant properties, researchers think it may help prevent skin aging. Sufficient levels of copper help the body to replace damaged connective tissues and the collagen needed to hold bones together. (Collagen is the main structural competent in the space between the connective tissues and bones.) Insufficient collagen levels may lead to joint dysfunction and the breakdown of connective tissues.
Promotes Brain Health
Copper is involved in neurological processes and growth, and it is important for cognitive function. But too much copper can be negative, causing cognitive decline. Researchers from Berkeley recently found that when high amounts of copper enter cells, neuron signaling is reduced — when copper levels fell, signals resumed correctly.
Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.
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