The Effect of Low, Optimum and Higher Dietary Zinc Copper Levels on Hemoglobin Levels in Rats
AbstractCopper is a trace element having a variable valency (CU2+ and Cu3+), it thus forms cuprous and cupric compounds. It affects many biological processes through its cofactor role in specific cupro enzymes, hemopoiesis being one such process. Hart et al, were the first to report that the physiological function of copper was to reverse anemia of rats fed an iron supplemented diet based on milk. Elvehjem and Sherman were able to demonstrate that copper influenced the hemoglobin formation by influencing the metabolism of inorganic iron.
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