Copper is a component of antioxidant enzymes and helps counter the effects of active oxygen. When iron levels in the blood are low, the result is anemia. Copper aids the absorption of iron. Therefore, getting adequate amounts of copper is as important as getting enough iron.

Copper is also a valuable mineral because it helps keep bones and blood vessels from becoming fragile. Copper is found in soybeans, sesame seeds, various nuts and oysters.


Eighty percent of the potassium in the human body is contained in the bones and teeth. Potassium is essential to the metabolization of sugars, proteins and fats. It is also considered essential to the growth and repair of body tissues. When the body is lacking in potassium, bones cannot grow strong. In addition, performance, concentration and the ability to produce energy are diminished.

An even more troublesome problem is the consumption of excessive potassium from processed foods. Intake of excessive potassium blocks the body’s ability to absorb calcium and iron.

Other minerals

Vanadium, found in hijiki and asari clams, keep bad cholesterol and neutral fats at normal levels and also stabilizes the secretion of insulin.

Molybdenum, found abundantly in kinako (a roasted soy powder often used on mochi) helps prevent gout and anemia.

Cobalt, which is plentiful in prunes and wakame (edible kelp), promotes the fission of red blood cells in bone marrow and is a mineral component of vitamin B12, which is needed to maintain normal nerve tissue condition.

(The information provided should not be construed as medical advice or instruction. Consult your physician before attempting any new program. Readers who fail to consult appropriate health authorities assume the risk of developing serious medical conditions.)


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