Copper Is a “Nutrient” Essential for Good Health
Did you know that copper is present in the human body? Copper is obtained from a variety of foods we eat, and plays important roles in maintaining good health.
Did You Know That Copper Is an Important Nutrient?
An Important Mineral for Good Health
About 80 to 100 mg of copper are present in our bodies. Copper is an essential trace element and plays crucial roles such as producing blood cells, maintaining healthy bones and blood vessels, and helping to enhance brain function. About 2 mg of copper are required by the body per day, which can be naturally obtained through a well-balanced diet. Foods that are rich in copper include oyster, liver (20-30 mg/kg), grains, and legumes. Nuts are also good source of copper.
Food with Nutrient Function Claims Copper Recognised as an FNFC Nutrient
In March 2004, copper was recognised as an FNFC (food with nutrient function claims) by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. FNFC refers to foods used to supplement nutrients needed daily, but are difficult to get due to aging or changes in lifestyle. As nutrients essential for human vital activities, 5 minerals including copper and 12 vitamins are recognised.
An Important to Powdered Baby Milk
A fast-growing baby needs copper. Copper is present in the body of a newborn at the rate of double to triple that of a adult. During the first month after childbirth, 100 mL of breastmilk contains about 45 μg of copper. For this reason, copper is added to powdered milk. 320 μg of copper are added to every 100 g of powdered milk. The standard 14% baby formula prepared with powdered milk contains 45 μg of copper per 100 mL (An example cited from a major powdered milk manufacturer). Even a paltry amount of copper contributes greatly to the healthy growth of the baby.