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Curr Opin Lipidol. 1994 Feb;5(1):22-8.

Copper: an antioxidant nutrient for cardiovascular health.

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Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado 80523, USA.

Abstract

Dietary copper often is low in the Western diet; low intakes may affect all stages of atherosclerosis adversely. Impaired oxidative defense in copper deficiency contributes to hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, and impaired prostaglandin metabolism. Free copper ion does not exist in vivo; some in-vitro experiments are conducted with millions-fold excesses.

PMID:
15559027
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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