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Updated 14 February 2013

What copper does for you

Copper is necessary for your body to convert the mineral iron into haemoglobin, the pigment that makes your blood red and carries oxygen around your body. It also helps make tyrosine, an amino acid precursor of the thyroid hormones, some of the neurotransmitters and also helps give your hair and skin its colour. Copper also assists in the function of the proteins that make you grow, as well as assisting in the workings of your nerves, the release of energy and the control of inflammation and free radical damage. Copper, with zinc and manganese, form an essential part of all the antioxidant enzymes of the body by acting as co-factors for optimal enzyme functioning.

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Copper is necessary for your body to convert the mineral iron into haemoglobin, the pigment that makes your blood red and carries oxygen around your body. It also helps make tyrosine, an amino acid precursor of the thyroid hormones, some of the neurotransmitters and also helps give your hair and skin its colour.

Copper also assists in the function of the proteins that make you grow, as well as assisting in the workings of your nerves, the release of energy and the control of inflammation and free radical damage. Copper, with zinc and manganese, form an essential part of all the antioxidant enzymes of the body by acting as co-factors for optimal enzyme functioning.

 
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