Chelated means that this copper will be more easily absorbed into the body. Copper is a mineral that the body requires in small amounts to produce red blood cells. The immune system and nerve cell health all need copper to be synthesized. It is an antioxidant too, so it protects the body against free radical damage, which can cause inflammation. Copper provides connective tissue support and helps the tissue to be more structured, elastic and stable. This mineral forms collagen and helps the body to absorb iron.