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Copper deficiency is a condition that occurs when the body does not have enough copper. Copper is an essential mineral that is necessary for the proper functioning of the body. It is involved in many processes, including the formation of red blood cells, the absorption of iron, and the production of energy. Copper deficiency can lead to anemia, weakened bones, and impaired immune system function. Symptoms of copper deficiency include fatigue, pale skin, anemia, and weakened bones. Treatment typically involves increasing dietary intake of copper-rich foods, such as nuts, legumes, and organ meats, or taking copper supplements.
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