Copper is an essential trace mineral found widely distributed in foods. The highest amounts are found in organ meats and seafood, nuts and seeds, grains, cocoa products, and water, especially water from copper pipes. A Copper deficiency can lead to anemia, which symptoms are very similar to an Iron deficiency .
Copper deficiency can lead to anemia, which is a decrease in the total number of read blood cells or hemoglobin and therefore decreases the blood’s ability to carry oxygen. Anemia symptoms are often very vague and may include feeling tired, week, having shortness of breath and a poor ability to exercise .
A copper deficiency can cause an increased risk of coronary heart disease .
Another symptom is the increased concentration of iron in the liver, which can lead to liver damage .
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