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It turns out that Copper is a vital mineral necessary (in relatively small amounts) for survival. The liver, brain, heart, kidneys and skeletal muscle house most of the copper in the human body. It is required for the formation of collagen (a fibrous protein in bone and cartilage) it also helps with the production of energy.

You’ll know you have a possible copper deficiency if there’s a noticeable depigmentation (loss of colour) of skin and hair. Deficiency can also affect growth and neurological function; it can heighten the risk of acquiring infections and cause a loss of bone tissue which in turn makes bones susceptible to breaking. The aforementioned collagen provides support to the bones and produces or replaces connective tissue; the absence of both can lead to joint dysfunction among many other problems.

Everything should be in moderation. So it is needless to say that an excess of the same can also lead to a host of problems.

This should substantiate the significance of copper as a part of the human anatomy.

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Tiny amounts of copper can be absorbed through the skin and while copper jewellery generally doesn’t cause any side effect (those with skin allergies aren’t in question here) apart from a bluish-green discoloration of the skin (it is the deposit that comes off of the metal and can be washed off easily). In the olden days, copper compounds were used in medicine. The Egyptians, Greeks and Romans; made use of the metal in various methods to quicken the healing of wounds, to treat skin, inflammatory and neurological disorders.

Copper bracelets were also considered medicinal in nature to relieve muscular and joint pain. The only objection to it being that the skin is not the normal means for the absorption of nutrition; this was more acceptable in ancient traditions concerning medicinal treatment. However, research shows that minerals from the metal do get absorbed in certain quantities through the skin that otherwise may not be as effective via the gastrointestinal route.

Now, if a person has a copper deficiency, the best (and obvious) recourse is to consult a physician.

Having said that, precautions can be taken by eating the right kind of food which include almonds, chocolate, shellfish, meat and mushrooms. Copper is also added to strengthen food; supplements for copper are also available for consumption. So there a number of recourses that can be taken up to maintain the balance that copper constitutes in the human body.