Copper Balance from Provita Nutrition is an essential product for bone health, connective tissue health, cardiovascular health, lipid metabolism, neurological health, and skin health. Because copper and zinc compete with each other for absorption, high amounts of zinc (for example, 50 mg daily for an extended time period) without copper can result in a copper deficiency. Although copper can have pro-oxidant capabilities, it also demonstrates antioxidant properties. Copper is a cofactor for the essential antioxidant superoxide dismutase, which is produced in the body as part of the natural antioxidant defense system. A deficiency of copper can render many cell types, including fats and blood cells, more susceptible to oxidation. In a clinical setting, copper supplementation protected red blood cells from oxidation.
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Copper is a trace mineral that the body needs only in small amounts – but don’t underestimate the importance of it. The body needs copper for the synthesis of various enzymes and protein including the enzyme ceruloplasmin that carries iron in the blood stream. Because of this role, it’s not surprising that a deficiency of copper causes anemia. It’s also involved in the production of hormones, including epinephrine and norephinephrine – and plays a role in the production of collagen.
Symptoms of Copper Deficiency in Humans
What are the signs and symptoms of copper deficiency? Since copper is important for producing ceruloplasmin, the protein that transports iron in the bloodstream, some of the symptoms of copper deficiency come from a lack of available iron. The most common is anemia, or a low red blood cell count. Copper with zinc deficiency can also cause a decrease in white blood cell numbers, which can affect immunity to infection. Lack of copper with zinc also affects the central nervous system and spinal cord and can mimic the symptoms of B12 deficiency. A person deficient in copper with zinc may experience demyelination of nerves in the brain and spinal cord, which can lead to sensory changes, loss of sensation, difficulty walking, tremor, loss of balance, difficulty swallowing, problems speaking, and depression. The symptoms of a copper deficiency in humans can mimic those of multiple sclerosis. A person with a lack of copper may also feel fatigued, feel nauseated, and lose pigment in their skin and hair.
A high intake of zinc, without a balancing increase in copper intake, can therefore lead to a secondary, functional copper deficiency by competing for absorption and interfering with its metabolism. Research suggests that an excessive ratio of zinc to copper has a negative impact on cardiovascular and skeletal health. Both animal and human evidence suggests that, for optimal utilization of both minerals, the balance between zinc and copper should be about ten-to-one. But it’s common for supplements containing these nutrients to include too much zinc, and little or no copper, with the result that many – perhaps most – zinc supplements and multivitamin and multimineral formulas contain potentially harmful zinc imbalances. This isn’t just a theoretical concern. In a series of human studies, putting volunteers on a diet and supplement regimen in which the ratio between zinc and copper was 23.5-to-one (and sometimes lower) – common zinc-to-copper ratios, found in many multivitamins on health food store shelves – resulted in wide-ranging metabolic disturbances, including reduced levels of the copper-based antioxidants enzymes cytosolic superoxide dismutase and ceruloplasmin, increased total and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, anemia, reductions in the body’s levels of enkephalins (natural pain-killing molecules), and cardiac dysfunction (including rhythm disturbances and even heart attacks!).
At the extreme, out-of control zinc supplementation impairs immune function, despite the fact that an adequate intake of zinc is necessary for normal immune function. This is especially galling, considering that the most common reason for zinc supplementation is to support healthy immunity. One reason for this may be copper’s important role in immune function: one of the classic signs of ‘simple’ copper deficiency is depressed levels of important white blood cells (leukocytes and neutrophils). Over the long term, it seems that other problems linked to long-term, subclinical ‘simple’ copper deficiency – such as impaired bone metabolism, poor glucose metabolism, arthritis, neurological dysfunction, and increased levels of Advanced Glycation Endproducts (AGE) – would also manifest from a functional copper deficiency created by excessive zinc intake, leading top copper researcher Dr. Leslie M. Klevay to warn of the “hazards of zinc supplements.” The problem, of course, is not zinc supplements – but excessive or unbalanced zinc supplementation.
Zinc and copper are so similar in their atomic structure that they can actually compete with one another, not only for absorption, but also for utilization in the body’s biochemical pathways. When your intake of zinc is too high relative to your copper intake, the excess zinc actually interferes with the activity of enzymes, which depend on copper for their biological function, by stepping in to copper’s proper binding sites in the enzymes.When copper is not properly incorporated into these enzymes, they can’t fulfill their biochemical duties.
Provita Nutrition Copper Balance Highlights:
- Provides extra antioxidant support.
- Ideal for correcting deficiencies.
- Balanced Formula.
- Immune functions.
- 100% vegetarian.
Provita Nutrition Copper Balance Contains:
- Copper Bisglycinate ………………..5000mcg
- Zinc bisglycinate ………………………….25mg
Provita Nutrition Copper Balance Dosage:
- Take 1 tablet daily or as directed by a health care practitioner.