Similar to iron, copper’s unique ability to transfer electrons makes it a critical component for many metabolic pathways. Copper levels must be maintained within a narrow range for optimal function. We know that there are elevated levels of copper in the brain tissue in people with Alzheimer’s disease. Elevated copper levels also contribute to the retinal degeneration and cerebellar degeneration that leads to cognitive dysfunction. Elevated copper levels have been shown to lead to some cancers and heart disease. Elevated levels also inhibit Thyroid Releasing Hormone at the hypothalamus and in the case of Wilson’s Syndrome, build up in the liver preventing conversion of T4 to the active thyroid hormone, T3. Common sources of copper exposure are copper piping, copper cooking utensils and supplements.
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Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.