Nopal Cactus (Prickly Pear) Contains Copper (Cu)

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Nopal cactus (prickly pear) contains copper, an essential ingredient in the formation of red blood cells(1*). Copper also partners with vitamin C to produce elastin, a protein that is found in all the connective tissue of the body as well as the skin(2*). Copper is vital in producing the neurotransmitters peptidyl alpha-amidating monooxygenase and dopamine hydroxylase(3*).

A deficiency in copper may result in decreased glucose tolerance, anemia, lowered defense against infections, abnormal carbohydrate metabolism and may also lead to heightened glucose, triglycerides and serum cholesterol levels(4*). In addition, copper plays a role in iron metabolism, storage, and absorption(5*). The signs of copper deficiency are similar to those of iron deficiency such as general malaise, and lightheadedness(6*), (7*).


Sources of Copper

Dark Green Vegetables, Legumes, Nuts, Oysters, Whole Grains and Nopal Cactus (Prickly Pear) from Natural Home Cures Freeze Dried Nopal Powder Capsules (Prickly Pear).

     Source References
(1) Wikipedia: Copper
(2) Wikipedia: Copper Deficiency
(3) PubMed: Copper Deficiency Has No Effect On Bovine Prion Proteins.
(4) Livestrong: Can Symptoms of Copper Deficiency Be Reversed by Copper Supplements?
(5) Body Ecology: The Symptoms and Your Best Natural Solutions
(6) Ehow: Identify Copper Deficiency
(7) OSU Linus Pauling Institute: Copper Deficiency