• Mineral deficiencies
• Immune function
• Prostate health
What Is It?
One study found that 75% of older American adults failed to consume enough zinc, and none of them achieved even the minimum recommended intake for copper. While the importance of zinc is widely recognized, copper's crucial role in our health has often been discounted. An overemphasis on zinc has resulted in widespread, unbalanced zinc supplementation. This can lead to a copper deficiency because zinc and copper compete for absorption. Excessive zinc can also interfere with copper-dependent enzymes by binding to them, thus preventing copper from fulfilling its own biochemical duties. AOR's Zinc-Copper Balance provides a balanced, research-based ratio of zinc to copper, each in various forms in order to ensure optimal absorption.
What Does It Do?
Primary Uses: Zinc is primarily used to support immune function. Ironically, out-of control zinc supplementation impairs immune function likely because copper supports the production of white blood cells, which are vital to immunity.
Secondary Uses: The most important implications of a copper deficiency are cardiovascular disturbances and osteoporosis. Human studies have found that people consuming a zinc to copper ratio of up to 23:1 (common ratios in many multivitamins) experienced wide-ranging metabolic disturbances including increased cholesterol, anemia and heart attacks, and that prolonged excessive zinc supplementation more than doubles the risk of prostate cancer in men.
Who Should Take It?
Zinc-Copper Balance is the best choice for anyone supplementing with zinc or looking for a balanced and varied formula containing these two essential minerals.
Take 1 capsule daily with food, or as directed by a qualified health care practitioner. Take a few hours before or after taking other medications.
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