Does Your Multivitamin Contain Copper?

As you know, consuming a copper-rich diet along with a multi-vitamin supplement can be very problematic, especially for seniors who may elevate their risk of a faster mental decline leading to Alzheimer's.

Based on a more recent study of more than 3,700 seniors (older than age 64), researchers specifically monitored the diets of some 600 who consumed at least 1.6 milligrams of copper every day from high-fat foods and drinking water, close to twice the recommended limit.

For many patients, all that extra copper in their diets wasn't beneficial either, as it added nearly two decades to their ages in relation to mental decline. The primary culprit targeted by scientists -- taking a multivitamin -- makes sense, since many inexpensive supplements use cheaper inorganic copper, further exacerbating its toxicity.

Generally, taking a multivitamin with copper is a very bad idea, unless you monitor your health regularly and know precisely you are deficient. Synthetic, man-made supplements certainly may be more convenient, but they are no panacea, as nutrient-rich whole foods are a far better option for your health.

Some natural guidelines that can protect your body from the risks of Alzheimer's without the need for a drug:

Archives of Neurology, Vol. 63, No. 8, August 2006: 1085-1088

New York Times August 22, 2006 Registration Required

Scientific American.com August 14, 2006

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