Copper deficiencies have been reported in people on long-term tube feedings due to inadequate copper in the supplement given, which can lead to anemia and low white blood cells counts.
The authors have treated a series of patients who have copper deficiencies due to tube feedings with Hershey’s cocoa, which is said to be rich in copper. The illnesses were due to cerebrovascular disease and other neurological problems. Treatment with the copper rich cocoa resulted in improved copper blood levels; and anemia and low white cell counts improved as the blood levels of copper improved.
Adults have been reported to need 1.28-2.5 mg. of copper per day. If cocoa is used, 10 g. of cocoa is needed to treat copper deficiency and 5 g. of cocoa is needed for a daily dose after blood levels of copper are normal.
CONCLUSION: The copper in cocoa is sufficient in amount to treat the copper deficiency that can result from tube feedings given to patients who are unable to eat food. Treatment with copper can relieve the deficiencies of the blood counts caused by low copper intake.
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