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Why is copper important in my diet during pregnancy?

Chinese researchers found that many mothers of premature babies were low on copper. It’s possible that deficient copper could undermine collagen production, contributing to a more precarious pregnancy. In addition, animal research suggests that copper deficiency during pregnancy may lead to lower levels of certain enzymes needed for infants’ brain development. Top copper sources include oysters, shiitake mushrooms, cashews and sunflower seeds.

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