Copper Linked To Alzheimer's Disease: What Is The Real Risk Of Copper In Your Diet?

By Anthony Rivas on August 20, 2013 11:43 AM EDT

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Copper is essential to normal bodily functions, but a new study shows that, over time, its accumulation in the brain could trigger the development of the toxic plaques that cause Alzheimer's. (Photo: Creative Commons)

Copper, among other metals, is essential to the human body. It helps the body metabolize iron, in addition to aiding nerve conduction. Deficiencies in the element can lead to immunity and bone problems such as anemia and osteoporosis. But while too much copper can also lead to problems, including kidney and intestine disease, even the trace amounts that humans consume each day may be enough to trigger and encourage the development of Alzheimer's disease in the brain, according to a new study.  

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Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia. It normally begins to appear in people older than 65 years old and develops progressively as sticky amyloid-beta protein molecules clump up into larger plaques within the brain. These plaques block cell-to-cell signaling and have also been implicated in cell damage and death.

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