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Am J Clin Nutr. 1980 May;33(5):1019-25.

The effect of dietary copper and zinc on cholesterol metabolism.


The effects of different amounts of dietary zinc and copper on cholesterol metabolism in the rat were investigated. The levels of the minerals used were comparable to those likely to occur in a normal mixed North American diet. Although the different levels affected the serum, liver, and femur concentrations of the minerals, they had no effect on the levels of serum and liver, total, esterified or free cholesterol, or on high density lipoprotein cholesterol. It was concluded that dietary copper and zinc, at levels likely to occur in a normal mixed diet, are not significant factors in cholesterol metabolism.

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