Two different studies contradict the correlation between copper and dementia. A US study on mice concluded that an excess of ‘free’ copper in the blood would favor the accumulation of beta-amyloid in the brain which is responsible for Alzheimer disease. Rashid Deane, lead author of the US study, explains that in the amyloid plaques typical of Alzheimer’s there is a high amount of this metal. A study at the British University of Keele published in the February issue of Nature, reaches a diametrically opposite conclusion in that a reduction in the level of copper in the brain may facilitate the deposit of amyloid-beta in the form of senile plaques in Alzheimer’s. The researchers analyzed 60 brains of deceased persons suffering from Alzheimer’s disease: all resulted in a lower amount of copper compared to that present in the brain of healthy individuals.What is certain is that the ‘free’ copper in the blood is highly toxic due to the oxidative stress that it causes.
Copper and the brain
Scritto da: Osvaldo Sponzilli
Professor Osvaldo Sponzilli has thirty-five years experience and is a leading authority in Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Auriculartherapy, Anti-aging medicine, Chromotherapy, Clinical research in non-conventional medicine, Emotional Psychotherapy and Past Life Regression Therapy. He has been the practitioner for members of the Italian political, cultural and show-business scene. He is the author of over 100 publications and participates in radio and television shows. He is an advisor and professor of acupuncture and homeopathy in various Italian and foreign universities. He teaches Acupuncture and Quantistic Medicine at the Tor Vergata University of Rome. He is the head of the Department of Anti-aging, Acupuncture and Homeopathic therapies of the San Pietro Fatebenefratelli Hospital of Rome. He is the President of the Institute of Research in Clinical Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Pschotherapy and Anti-aging Medicine. Managing editor of “Iniziazione” series for Edizioni Mediterranee publishing house and is a member of the scientific committee of Rivista Medicina Naturale magazine, published by “Tecniche Nuove”. He is the supervisor of Non-conventional Medicine for the Regenera Research Group.