Copper deficiency is caused by eating too much sugar. Really?
Well here’s a list of symptoms caused by copper deficiency: Loss of hair color, dry brittle hair with split ends, diminished senses of taste and smell, sagging eye lids, skin, breasts and stomach, hernias, varicose veins and aneurysms, Kawasaki Disease, anemia, thyroid disease, arthritis, ruptured discs, liver cirrhosis, rage and anger problems, learning disabilities, Cerebral palsy and congenital ataxia, high LDL blood cholesterol, collagen/tendon/ligament problems, iron storage disease (too much iron in the liver), glucose intolerance (low blood sugar) and low neutrophil count (those white blood cells that fight off infection). Is too much sugar really worth it? You make the choice.
Natural food sources are much safer than pill forms of copper.
Foods high in copper include: Parsley, blackstrap molasses, carrots, green leafy vegetables, mushrooms, nuts, seafood, most grains/legumes, liver, potatoes, raisins, beets and sunflower oil.
Note: Copper levels are also reduced if large amounts of zinc, iron, or Vitamin C are consumed as well.
So, what ELSE does sugar do to my system? Well, let me tell you. . .It:
- Suppresses the immune system for several hours after eating it (imagine those who snack on sugar-filled snacks all day long?)
- Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
- Sugar can reduce helpful HDH cholesterol and increase the harmful LDL cholesterol levels.
- Sugar can cause liver cells to divide, increasing the size of the liver.
- Sugar may lead to chromium deficiency.
- Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
- Sugar can be a risk factor in gall bladder cancer and can cause gall stones.
- Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney and can cause kidney stones.
- Sugar can increase fasting levels of blood glucose.
- Sugar can cause yeast infections and cause acid stomachs.
- Sugar can weaken eyesight.
- Sugar increases the risk of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and can cause a raw, inflamed intestinal tract in persons with gastric or duodenal ulcers.
- Sugar can cause arthritis and asthma.
- Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.
- Sugar can contribute to eczema in children. (There’s that yeast factor again!)
- And sugar can cause high blood pressure, depression and migraine headaches.
Sugar is important for your brain, but you should try to use unprocessed, natural sugars like fresh fruit whenever possible. The age-old recommendation is to eat fruits before noon and with nothing else for best utilization and absorption.
Helpful Links and References:
Check out this website that measures some common things we eat and drink in sugarcubes (complete with photos). It’s a real eye-opener. Thanks to Debbie Doremus for this forward. http://www.sugarstacks.com/