Copper linked to Alzheimer’s disease

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Posted 20/08/2013

The BBC has reported that a lifetime of too much copper in our diets may be contributing to Alzheimer’s disease.The research by scientists in the US has suggested that high levels of copper can mean that the brain struggles to get rid of a protein which is thought to cause dementia.However, the research remains divided, with other studies suggesting copper may actually protect the brain.Tap water which travels through copper pipes, red meat and shellfish, as well as fruit and vegetables are all sources of dietary copper. It is a vital part of our diet and necessary for a healthy body.Sophie Bales, a medical injury solicitor at Ashtons Legal comments:

“This latest research on copper may suggest that high levels of copper in our diet contribute to Alzheimer’s disease. However, these results should be treated with caution. Copper is part of a balanced diet and a vital mineral for the body and more research is needed before its true effect on the brain can be known.”


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