Author: Emily

Copper is an essential mineral having various human functions. Copper is essential for making collagen and is a component of antioxidant enzyme. Although a little bit of copper may be absorbed across the wall of the stomach, by and large most of the absorption takes place in the small intestine. From there copper is found in most tissue playing a role as an essential component of many enzymes with various roles throughout the body. Copper is a chemical element with atomic number as 29. It is a soft, ductile and malleable metal with high electrical and thermal conductivity. ┬áThe freshly…

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Zinc is one of the most active minerals in the body as it influences the functioning of hundreds of different enzymes. Although often overshadowed in the popular press by the likes of iron and chromium, lately zinc has been thrust into the limelight. Zinc supplements have been purported to reduce the length and severity of the common cold, which will be discussed. In living things, zinc is more associated with amino acids and proteins. Therefore, it is logical to presume that animal foods, with their higher protein content, would be better zinc sources than plant foods. This is true. The…

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