Scientists have found out that the element known as copper is a great fat burner when it is made a part of a good diet.
A novel study shows the salubrious effects of copper on fat burning and weight loss. The human body seems to thrive on small amounts of copper in the diet. It especially helps in fat metabolism.
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Copper has a complex history. It was used in cooking implements, electronic appliances, jewelry items and plumbing odds and ends. Yet it also has a crucial role to play in various biological reactions.
Copper helps generate RBCs, aids in the absorption of iron, facilitates the formation of connective tissue and boosts immunity. The study was published online on Monday in the journal Nature Chemical Biology.
Apparently copper dismantles the fat cells in the human body with ease. These fat cells are then used as an energy source. Copper is a regulating agent.
It ensures that the more quantity of it is available, the greater the fat-burning effect. A deficiency of copper may be a causal factor in obesity and other diseases.
Copper is available in plentiful supply in oysters, shellfish, leafy green vegetables, mushrooms, nuts and seeds as well as beans. An adult needs about 700 micrograms of copper on a daily basis.
Also the trends were such that only 25% of Americans were getting their full dose of copper. Since the body does not make this element on its own, it needs to be ingested from the environment in the form of food and drink.
The problem is that this element is not readily available in the Standard American Diet (SAD). The leafy green vegetables are few and far between in the nutritional choices found in America. Instead, the Asian diet contains more quantities of such leafy green vegetables.
However, there is a catch to this. Too much copper in the diet causes a zinc deficiency. It is a delicate balance dependent upon natural foods that causes salubrious health.
Mice were studied in a lab to find out more regarding the role of copper in the diet. Those mice with mutations that caused accumulation of copper in their livers were thinner than usual.
After a lot of procedures and processes that were carried out in the lab, it was found that copper acts as a brake on a brake of sorts. It has a positive effect on lipolysis.