Copper: Why Is It An Important Mineral For Your Body

Thanks to its thermal and electrical compatibility, copper is used frequently in the following products, electromagnets, generators and motors, integrated circuits, copper wire (obviously), doorknobs, and similar household features, knives, spoons, forks in many brands of flatware, frying pans, roofing, United States coinage.



The recommended daily dosage of copper is just .9 milligrams, but experts suspect that just that small amount may aid in digestive tract absorption.

Copper. It's not just for pennies, nickels and dimes, anymore. Unless you spend absolutely no time in your kitchen, you're likely already aware of the role copper plays in household products. But did you know that copper comes with some major biological benefits to boot?

What's Copper?

Copper is a mineral, and number 29 on the illustrious Periodic Table of the elements. This elite portion of the Periodic Table also houses small treasure like silver and gold. Copper is like a first cousin, just not nearly as high maintenance.
 Available in many forms, copper is  found most readily in bars, foil, sheet, granules, plates, powder, shot, turnings, wire, insulated wire, mesh, "evaporation slugs", and rods. It gets it's rich characteristic color because it reflects red and orange light and absorbs other frequencies in the visible spectrum, this is because of copper's band structure.

Copper's Role in Society

You've probably already touched ten things today in which copper played some major role. So before learning about how useful it is in your body, get to know a little more about how much easier your life is because of it- especially when it come household maintenance.

Thanks to its thermal and electrical compatibility, copper is used frequently in the following products:

  • Electromagnets
  • Generators and motors
  • Integrated circuits
  • Copper wire (obviously)
  • Doorknobs, and similar household features
  • Knives, spoons, forks in many brands of flatware
  • Frying pans
  • Roofing
  • United States coinage

Copper and Biology

Although it's strange to imagine something that plays a large role in a vacuum cleaner being needed in the body, copper is found in many enzymes. Some of the body’s mollusks and arthropods use copper-containing pigments for oxygen transportation. The recommended daily dosage of copper is just .9 milligrams, but experts suspect that just that small amount may aid in digestive tract absorption.

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