The physiological role of copper and the problems of copper nutritional deficiency
Article first published online: 19 OCT 2006
Copyright © 1988 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
Food / Nahrung
Volume 32, Issue 8, pages 755–765, 1988
How to Cite
Wachnik, A. (1988), The physiological role of copper and the problems of copper nutritional deficiency. Nahrung, 32: 755–765. doi: 10.1002/food.19880320811
- Issue published online: 19 OCT 2006
- Article first published online: 19 OCT 2006
- Manuscript Received: 12 FEB 1987
The paper deals with recent achievements concerning the physiological role of copper in the human organism. The problem of copper supplementation of the human diet is discussed. An outlook is given on the contemporary theories referring to the role of copper in nutrition. Special attention has been paid to the copper containing enzymes and copper-dependent enzymes as well as to the problem of nutritional copper deficiencies.
This paper shows the necessity of copper for:
— „cleaning” of the organism from the excesses of free radicals, biogenic amines and cholesterol
— the proper synthesis of hemoglobin, elastin, collagen and probably thyroid hormones
— providing the energy formed in the respiratory chain and needed for biochemical syntheses and proper physical activity.