Copper is a mineral that is essential for the normal functioning of the body. It can be found in all tissues of the body. Copper is involved in energy production, red blood cell production, connective tissue, neurotransmitter synthesis, and aids in iron absorption. Copper is abundant in the liver, kidneys, heart, and the brain. Beef, oysters, seeds, and nuts have high amounts of copper.

Health Functions
As mentioned before, the main function of copper is to produce healthy red blood cells, together with iron. Copper maintains proper health of the bones, immune system, and nerves. Adequate copper intake enhances the immune system, particularly the white blood cells, which are responsible for fighting infections. Copper also acts as an antioxidant and scavenges harmful free radicals.

Disease Risk Reduction
Adequate copper intake reduces the risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, impaired nerve function and collagen production, and arthritis.

Groups at Risk
Copper deficiency can be caused by an X-linked, recessive disorder called Menkes disease. People with celiac disease and those who are taking too much zinc supplements are at risk for developing copper deficiency.

Intake Recommendations
The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for copper is 890-900 micrograms for adults. Pregnant and lactating women need at least 1,000 micrograms of copper.

7D VARIETY Recommendations
Energy Dates are rich in copper. A cup of Energy Dates can provide you 34% of the daily recommended intake (which is 900 micrograms of copper). 7D VARIETY recommends you to consume a healthy diet that includes enough copper - Energy Dates can help you with that. Eating dates can maintain adequate copper intake which in turn, decreases your risk for cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis.