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Summary: A mouse study recently showed that copper interferes with the blood brain barrier, causes a buildup of metal in blood vessels, and hence causes an increase in beta amyloid proteins which form plaques that cause Alzheimer’s. However other researchers have found the opposite, proving that high copper levels supports the blood brain barrier. Some researchers are worried that news of copper’s association with Alzheimer’s will scare people into becoming deficient of this vital ion. Copper is consumed through tap water from copper pipes, red meat, shellfish, and more.

Think About:

- How will the masses treat this news?
- What other studies can be done to finally find an answer about copper’s link to Alzheimer’s?
- How important is researching the cause of a disease vs. its cure?
- If copper accumulation is the cause of Alzheimer’s, what steps can be taken to limit our intake?

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