Copper (Cu) - horses

Copper plays a role in many processes in the body. Copper is necessary for converting iron into haemoglobin, building red blood cells, the formation of pigment and is essential for copper-dependent enzymes to maintain the defence system and connective tissues. Copper also plays a role in vascularization and skeletal development. A copper deficiency results in an increased defects and fragility of the bones and cartilage. The absorption of copper can be inhibited if the proportion of zinc in the diet is overdosed.