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against today we’re going to talk about copper deficiencies now no you can’t suck on a penny because that’s the wrong type of copper that’s elemental you want to consume a copper that is actually from food not from a metal okay very important now what does copper do in the body well it helps form collagen and connective tissue and that’s why if you’re deficient you can actually lose the elasticity with your connective tissue and get a symptom called swayback where your lower back is exaggerated going forward so you have this excessive lordosis or curve in your lower back but you can also have all sorts of problems with your ligaments even flat feet but these dysfunctions occur when you’re in the womb when you’re first developed if you’re a mother that’s carrying you is deficient these trace minerals that you could start having these problems okay so copper is a cofactor and by the way copper is a trace mineral which means you need it in very small amounts compared to other minerals that you need in large amounts so but it’s a cofactor a helper mineral in certain enzymes enzymes do the work in the body they’re basically proteins that form different structures and do different chemical processes so one of the enzymes helps make melanin which is a pigment in your skin okay so if you’re deficient in copper you can get something called vitiligo which is a loss of pigment so there’s little white specks in your in your skin and this enzyme called tyrosinase is present in mushrooms there’s actually a mushroom extract you could take to help vitiligo okay because of what it does to melanin now copper is also involved in making neurotransmitters and these are kind of like communication particles that travel through the nervous system as compared to hormones travel through the blood so neurotransmitters are just another way the body can communicate very important in growth of the fetus so if you’re deficient you’re going to get neurodegeneration which is basically breakdown of the nervous system one symptom being peripheral neuropathy which is the destruction of the nerves in your feet or your hands you see that a lot in diabetes loss of vision okay decrease white blood cells so your immune system actually is deficient you have a muscle weakness symptoms similar to a b12 deficiency anemia and lastly the foods that you can eat that are high in copper would be Easter’s organ meats like liver make sure it’s grass-fed meats in general leafy greens and of course mushrooms alright I’ll see you next video if you’re liking this content please subscribe now and I will actually keep you updated on future videos
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In this video, Dr. Berg talks about copper deficiency. One of the functions of copper in the body is to help transform collagen in connective tissue. When you’re deficient, you could lose the elasticity of the connective tissue that could cause the symptom called sway back, problems with ligaments and flat feet. Copper is a trace mineral which means you only need it in small amounts and also a cofactor in certain enzymes.
Functions of Copper:
• Formation of Collagen
• Co-factor to certain enzymes
• Makes neurotransmitters – communication particles that travel through the nervous system.
• Growth of fetus
• Forms Tyrosinase (enzyme present in mushroom) – Taken to help vitiligo.
Symptoms of Copper Deficiency:
• Sway Back
• Similar symptoms to low B12
• Low White Blood Cell
• Muscle Weakness
• Peripheral Neurophathy – Destruction of the nerve in the feet or hands
• Loss of Vision
Foods High in Copper:
• Organ Meats – Grass-Fed Liver
• Leafy Greens
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