Image Caption : Copper is an essential trace mineral, meaning your body requires the mineral from your diet but only in miniscule amounts. A balanced diet provides all the copper needed; it`s rare for deficiency or toxicity to be a threatening health issue. In your body, several enzymes require copper to complete oxygen-related functions, and the mineral plays a critical role in the absorption of iron, which is needed to synthesize hemoglobin.
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A heavy metal trace element with the atomic symbol Cu, atomic number 29, and atomic weight 63.55.
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Minerals are important for your body to stay healthy. Your body uses minerals for many different jobs, including building bones, making hormones and regulating your heartbeat.
There are two kinds of minerals: macrominerals and trace minerals. Macrominerals are minerals your body needs in larger amounts. They include calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium, chloride and sulfur. Your body needs just small amounts of trace minerals. These include iron, manganese, copper, iodine, zinc, cobalt, fluoride and selenium.
The best way to get the minerals your body needs is by eating a wide variety of foods. In some cases, your doctor may recommend a mineral supplement.
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