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May 13, 2024

Does Your Heart Get Enough Copper?

Copper deficiency significantly impacts heart health, leading to reduced metabolism and energy supply which can mimic several risk factors for ischemic heart disease (IHD).

Insufficient copper intake is linked with conditions such as glucose intolerance, hypertension, and hypercholesterolemia, which are known risk factors for IHD.

Copper deficiency is also associated with elevated total cholesterol levels and increased susceptibility of lipoproteins to oxidation—factors that heighten the risk of IHD.

Dietary sources of copper include beef liver, shellfish, nuts, seeds, legumes, and chocolate, with organ meats being particularly favorable due to their balanced zinc-to-copper ratio.

However, changes in farming methods and dietary patterns have significantly reduced the copper content in foods like fruits, vegetables, and dairy products over the past decades, contributing to widespread copper deficiency.

This nutritional gap underscores the importance of addressing copper intake as part of a comprehensive approach to managing and preventing cardiovascular health issues.

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