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Facts about Chromium and Copper

Chromium and copper are minerals. Minerals are very important elements of our bodies. They help our bodies to function properly. Minerals are also important to make hormones and enzymes. There are two types of minerals: essential and trace minerals. Trace minerals only require small enough for us to survive.

Beef is a good source of chromium, a mineral that our bodies need to function well.

Beef is a good source of chromium, a mineral that our bodies need to function well.

Chromium is a trace mineral that is very essential to our bodies. Chromium enables insulin to function and helps in processing and storing carbohydrates, proteins and fat.

There are two types of chromium: chromium 3+ ( trivalent chromium) and chromium 6+ ( hexavalent chromium ). Chromium 6 + is a chemical that can be produced in industrial environments or naturally in environments. The one that we eat in order to survive is chromium 3+. This chromium converts the food that we eat into energy. Chromium is found and stored in the liver, spleen, soft tissue and bones.

We can get chromium from the foods that we eat and from supplements. We need food like broccoli, liver, turkey, cheese, eggs, brewer's yeast, potatoes, whole grains and corn. We can also eat beef, seafood, waffles, English muffins, apples and bananas. Grapes, green beans, garlic and basil are also consumed to get the chromium that we need.

We need to get the right amount of chromium in our bodies for that we can stay healthy. If we don't get enough chromium in our bodies, we can experience weight loss, confusion, impaired coordination, and reduced response to sugar in the blood, increasing our risk of diabetes.

It is possible to consume too much chromium in our bodies, especially by taking too many supplements. Since our stomach doesn't absorb the mineral very well, the side effects of too much chromium in our bodies are not very common. We may experience headaches, allergic reactions, changes to our heartbeats and mood changes.

Tofu on a white plate: good source of copper

Tofu on a white plate: good source of copper

Copper is known to be a metal that you can find on the periodic table and that people use to be a conductor for electricity and heat. Copper has other uses, however, copper mentioned is not copper metal. The copper that is mentioned here is indeed a mineral that we need to have in our bodies so that we can be healthy.

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Copper is a trace mineral that is found in the liver, brain, heart, kidneys, and skeletal muscles. Copper helps makes red blood cells, maintain nerve cells and keep our immune system strong. It also helps form collagen in the body, helps adsorb iron in our bodies and helps produce the energy that we need.

We get copper from the food that we eat and from supplements. We need food like liver, oysters, spirulina, and shiitake mushrooms to get the copper that we need. We can also eat nuts and seeds ( almonds, cashews, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds), lobsters, spinach, kale, swiss chard, dark chocolate, and tofu. Fruits, avocado, chickpeas, shellfish, sweet potatoes, and buckwheat can also get us the copper we need.

We need the right amount of copper in our bodies so that we can function properly. If we don't get enough copper, we can experience weakness, fatigue, weak and brittle bones, difficulty waking, pale skin, vision loss, and a weak immune system. We can also have problems remembering and learning, and high sensitivity to cold and pre-mature gray hair.

We can consume too much copper in the food we eat or even the air we breathe and the water we drink. When we are exposed to a high amount of copper for a long period of time, we can experience liver damage cramping, diarrhea, and vomiting. We can also experience headaches, stomach pains, changes in mood, lack of focus and even death. When our food is served and cook our foods using copper dishes, cookware and utensils, we run the risk of contaminating our food with the copper from these items.


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