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Trace Amounts of Copper Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer's Disease

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  • Exposure to even trace amounts of copper in drinking water may increase your risk of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Copper interfered with the proper functioning of a protein LRP1, which helps clear amyloid beta, a toxic protein linked to Alzheimer’s, from the brain
  • If you’re deficient in zinc, and many are, it can lead to copper toxicity, and thereby possibly increase your risk of Alzheimer’s
  • Excess copper stimulated inflammation of brain tissue that likely contributes to Alzheimer’s; separate research found that brain inflammation appears to worsen Parkinson’s disease symptoms such as depression, fatigue and cognitive impairment

By Dr. Mercola

Copper is an example of a heavy metal that's a nutrient at low concentrations but extremely toxic at higher levels. Your body uses copper for bone growth, nerve conduction, hormone secretion and more; yet in excess, and especially in non-organically bound form, it's been linked to oxidative stress and brain damage that may lead to cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease.

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