“Find a penny, pick it up, then all day you’ll have good
The full copper penny may be gone from the US money supply,
but the value of copper is no less valuable in the food supply (and, for some, their luck)! Vancouver Spine Care Centre
reports new information on just how valuable copper is to the status of bone
and cartilage as well as overall health status. Our Vancouver
chiropractic care patients may well want to check their copper intake to be sure it’s
enough…or even if it’s too much!
The skeleton and its
bone and cartilage need just the right amount of nutrients to be strong and
supportive. Vancouver Spine Care Centre reads a lot about Vitamin D and calcium for bone nutrition while
the other nutrients like copper, iron and selenium seem neglected. Being
low in copper, for example, hampers collagen fibril crosslinking or the bonding
of fibers that make the cartilage and bone solid. (1) A
copper deficiency in a celiac patient made a difference in his condition when
all other usual approaches – gluten-free diet, iron, folic acid, vitamin B12
therapy - were exhausted without improvement. (2) Post menopausal women with
osteoporosis and osteopenia and low bone
density have significantly lower level s of copper and zinc as well as
magnesium. Such a mineral deficiency is
important to address for their bone health. (3) Vancouver Spine Care Centre certainly
recommends a balanced diet and supplementation when necessary.
On the other end of the spectrum, getting too much copper
may affect health status, too. To document these variations, a study of kids
(0-14 years old) notes significant seasonal variation in blood levels of copper
(except in infants). As an aside, which season is highest for copper levels?
Spring. Lowest? Autumn. (4)
Vancouver Spine Care Centre thought these were neat little tidbits of info for our
Vancouver chiropractic patients!
Your Vancouver chiropractor included, we all know
that too much or too little of a good thing may be bad. Same is the case with
copper though it’s not likely as common an occurrence. Researchers uncovered a
copper deficiency and zinc excess in a patient with cervical spine myelopathy.
She had normal vitamin B12 levels but ate oysters daily for 5 years which may
well have led to the excess zinc in the system which affects copper levels! (5)
Goodness. Vancouver Spine Care Centre is always amazed at how one thing affects another
when we least expect it. A good life and good health is all a matter of
Contact Vancouver Spine Care Centre today to balance your life, your
health, and your spine. Vancouver chiropractic patients will certainly
find good luck (if you believe in such a thing) at Vancouver Spine Care Centre!