Another essential mineral is copper. However, it must maintain a balance in the body with other minerals; zinc in particular. Impairment of zinc metabolism affects the zinc/copper ratio and all protein structures including brain cells, hormones, and hair. A copper excess contributes to poor hair growth, hair loss, and hormone imbalance. Excess copper also plays havoc with the brain and emotions. It is also synonymous with high estrogen levels and cancer. According to research done by Drs. Paul C. Eck and Larry Wilson, at Analytical Lab, copper has a stimulating effect upon certain hormones or neurotransmitters such as, epinephrine, norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin. These chemicals may cause arterial spasms, or in some way irritate delicate structures within the brain. A low zinc/copper ratio is associated with a predominance of copper in the tissues.
Excessive tissue copper is commonly associated with mental depression and emotional distress. Excessive tissue copper in the brain often results in distorted thinking and an imbalance of neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are hormones that are activated and greatly influenced by copper ions, which are essential for thoughts, brain waves, and messages, etc.
When excessive copper creates a brain disorder, one’s thoughts can not be transmitted properly and mental confusion occurs, resulting in depression. Memory loss is commonly associated with a low zinc/copper ratio, which is indicative of copper toxicity. Many copper-toxic individuals live in a lowered state of awareness.
For Part 2, see the next (July 2019) issue of Masters of Health Magazine to learn about the value of ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS (EFAs) & HORMONES and the harm of HEAVY METAL exposure in DEPRESSION, DIET, & BEHAVIOR.
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