If you suffer from a condition known as copper toxicity -- that is, you have too much "free copper" in your body associated with an underlying health condition such as impaired adrenal or liver function -- you may be looking for ways to reduce your overall copper load and thus avoid chronic toxicity. And one way you might be able to do this is by reducing your exposure to ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation, which one study published in the journal Plant Physiology and Biochemistry found can minimize the oxidative stress caused by copper toxicity.
Scientists have linked copper to the development of numerous brain disorders, including Alzheimer's disease, prion conditions such as mad cow disease, and Wilson's disease. Although it remains unclear exactly what role copper plays in such brain damage, at least one study suggests that the mineral's oxidative properties may be partly to blame.
"All skin cancer is the result of damage to skin cells," says Lise Alschuler, ND, author of Five to Thrive: Your Cutting-Edge Cancer Prevention Plan.