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Liver, Copper Toxicity, Eating Zinc At The Same Time?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 27, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Hi guys

Can you eat too much copper with lamb liver as we already get it from a lot of other foods? What can be done about this?

And can someone explain to me if that mixing my liver with my mince meat cause the zinc to compete with the copper or the other way round? So which mineral would get absorbed, zinc or copper as I want to keep my zinc higher than copper?

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on April 28, 2013
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Oysters are a superfood. If this person goes after liver for this reason, he should ho after oysters too.

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on April 27, 2013
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@Roth, he could though throw off his Cu:Zn balance.

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Any other good zinc source is generally lower in copper, no need to eat oysters unless you really like them.

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You're not gonna get copper toxicity from eating liver.

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Don't worry about it.

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on April 28, 2013
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Zinc will get absorbed when both are eaten together providing no grains are eaten along with your meal as the phytates in grains will block zinc more so than copper.

Seafoods and liver are zinc and copper neutral, no need to worry eating those foods. If you want more zinc just include more land based protein which I'm betting you already do.

The only time we need to be careful of that ratio is when we're eating either to many refined foods, or eating a plant based diet without sufficient land based animal protein. I guess environmental sources of copper could be an issue as well.

That's the way I understand it anyway, you can find a couple of good articles at the Weston A. Price Foundation website.

http://www.westonaprice.org/metabolic-disorders/copper-zinc-imbalance

http://www.westonaprice.org/mentalemotional-health/metals-and-the-mind

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on April 27, 2013
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People forget that right next to liver in nutrition are oysters, which contain lots of zinc. Simply eat these two foods once a week (not same day), and you will be OK.

3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

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on April 28, 2013
at 08:00 AM

Oysters are a superfood. If this person goes after liver for this reason, he should ho after oysters too.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on April 27, 2013
at 11:09 PM

Any other good zinc source is generally lower in copper, no need to eat oysters unless you really like them.

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