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Studies Show Copper is Somehow Linked to Alzheimer's Disease
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on August 26, 2013 @ 7:15PM
Created on August 26, 2013 @ 5:48PM

Alzheimer's is a disease that causes extreme memory loss and has been puzzling doctors for years. No one really knows what exactly causes it, but they do know you have a higher chance of getting it if it runs in your family. Apparently recent studies show their is some kind of link between the Alzheimer's and copper. 

According to a new study, copper which is found in everyday things may be an environmental trigger of the disease. Copper is something found in every day life, usually in drinking water carried by copper pipes. It's also found in shellfish, meat, nuts, and many type of fruits and vegetables. Usually people doing studies will use an unrealistic amount to see if it affects something, but in this one they used low levels of copper that you would consume in a normal diet.

The National Academy of Sciences published a journal saying copper keeps toxic proteins from leaving the brain and Alzheimer's is detected from those toxins building up. Experts say this doesn't mean copper causes Alzheimer's, studies just show there is some sort of link.

"This is the first time Alzheimer's disease has been connected to copper. Different findings are developing and it's encouraging that some point in the future if you add all the different discoveries together that we may eventually find a cure," said Dr. Bob Williams, Director of Behavioral Services at United Hospital Center and Executive Director at United Summit Center.

This is adding one more piece to the puzzle to help doctors have a better understanding of this disease.

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