Blood copper and zinc changes in runners after a marathon

M. Marrella, F. Guerrini, P. Solero, P. Tregnaghi, F. Schena, G. P. Velo

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


This study reports plasma and total blood cell (TBC) Cu and Zn levels of 16 runners before and after a marathon race. All the pre-race plasma values were in the normal range, while the TBC Cu level was 29.3% (P <0.01) lower and the TBC Zn level was 29.5% (P <0.01) higher than mean values of the control group. The run induced a significant decrease in TBC Cu concentration during the days following the race and a light increase in plasma Cu values. It caused a significant increase in TBC Zn concentration at the end of the race (followed by a decrease 24 hours later) without plasma Zn variations. These data show that intense physical exercise could modify trace-element metabolism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)248-250
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Trace Elements and Electrolytes in Health and Disease
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1993


  • copper
  • runners
  • zinc

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


Dive into the research topics of 'Blood copper and zinc changes in runners after a marathon'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this