How Copper Affects Hormones Secreted From The Pituitary Gland
For optimal health, your pituitary gland needs an enzyme called PAM–peptidyl amidating monooxygenase, which is highly concentrated in both the pituitary and hypothalamus glands.
It is responsible for the activation of some very important hormones.
This PAM enzyme activates hormones and neurotransmitters, such as CRT, which activates all steroid hormones.
In addition, it turns on your GRH, which promotes growth and energy metabolism, calcitonin to promotes calcium phosphate absorption and distribution, oxytocin that is needed for social bonding, and vasopressin or ADH (anti-diuretic hormone) that reduces water loss in the body. Last but not least, it stimulates gastric acid secretion.
Without activation, these immature peptides hormones would be idly sitting around doing nothing.
This crucial PAM enzyme is a copper and Vitamin C dependent enzyme that is responsible for activating these neuropeptides.
Copper and Vitamin C both have the ability to move electrons and bind to amino acids.
They also love oxygen, hence the oxidase enzymes.
A copper deficiency and a copper toxicity will affect many of these oxidase enzymes, which is why we must have copper on our mineral radar.
However, we still must remember that the playing field has changed due to the excess estrogens that keep the copper high.
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