Category Archives: Copper

Superoxide Dismutase As a Marker of Mood

Superoxide dismutase is an enzyme that acts as an antioxidant in cells. Superoxide dismutase is present in humans in two forms. One form uses manganese as a cofactor and one form uses copper and zinc as cofactors. The superoxide dismutase … Continue reading

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An Imbalanced Zinc to Copper Ratio: A Cause of Anxiety?

Zinc and copper are essential minerals that are known to antagonise each other. In this respect high intakes of copper can inhibit the absorption of zinc, and vice versa. Therefore a balance must be struck such that both minerals are … Continue reading

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Oysters: Nutrient Dense Seafood

Edible oysters belong to two different genera. The Ostrea and Crassostrea differ in appearance but have similar tastes. While the Ostrea have round and scalloped shells, the Crassostrea have shells that are long and asymmetrical. Crassostrea virginica and Crassostrea gigas … Continue reading

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Mineral Antagonism: Zinc and Copper

Trace (micro) minerals, are required in small microgram amounts by humans. Trace minerals are essential nutrients and as such a failure to obtain an adequate intake causes specific deficiency diseases and ultimately death. Plants are a good source of many … Continue reading

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Mineral Losses in Sweat: Are They Significant?

Evidence suggests that trace mineral intakes in developed nations are declining. This relates partly to the increasing consumption of the typical Western diet that is naturally high in mineral poor processed foods but naturally low in the types of foods … Continue reading

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Vitamin C and Copper Interactions

Supplementation with vitamins and minerals can have useful health benefits. In some cases, essential elements can be absent from the diet and supplements are a useful adjunct to support proper growth and development. However, supplementation is a double edged sword … Continue reading

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Pica in Humans: Remember Dr Joel Wallach from ‘Dead Doctors Don’t Lie’?

Recordings of the now infamous ‘Dead Doctors Don’t Lie’ cassette tape can still be found on the internet. When it was released in the 1990’s it caused quite a stir in the nutrition world. Wallach, a veterinarian by training, highlighted … Continue reading

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Copper And Sucrose Interactions: It’s The Fructose Again

Fructose is known to alter long chain fatty acid metabolism in mammals. In particular, fructose increase the production of triglycerides in the liver through the de novo lipogenesis pathway and also through a stimulation of the desaturation of stearic acid … Continue reading

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Superoxide Dismutase Supplements: Not Absorbed?

Superoxide dismutase is an antioxidant metalloenzyme found in mammals. There are two isoforms of superoxide dismutase, one requires copper and zinc to function, whereas the other requires manganese. While the copper and zinc isoform is found mainly in the cytosol … Continue reading

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Copper and Zinc Interactions

Zinc and copper are both essential trace minerals required for human health. The ability of the two minerals to antagonise the absorption of one another has been demonstrated in the nutritional literature. This likely relates to common transport and storage … Continue reading

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