Copper Toxicity

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The information given here is of a general nature and is for educational purposes only. It is in no way intended to reflect the findings in this report.

Common Symptoms of Copper Toxicity

  • A tired body and an overactive mind
  • Anxiety
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Migraine headaches
  • Cravings for high-copper foods such as chocolate, nuts, avocados
  • Depression
  • Frequent colds, flues and viruses
  • Easy or frequent bruising, specifically capillary fragility

Risk Factors of Copper Toxicity

  • Slow metabolism
  • Excessive stress
  • High estrogen levels
  • The birth-control pill or a copper IUD
  • Some silver amalgam or gold alloy dental fillings
  • Zinc deficiency
  • Vegetarian diet

SOURCES OF COPPER

  • Seafood - oysters, crabs, bluefish, perch, lobster
  • Meats - calf, duck, lamb, pork, beef liver and kidneys
  • Nuts/seeds - almonds, pecans, walnuts, filberts, brazil nuts, sesame, sunflower, pistachio
  • Vegetables - soybeans
  • Grains - wheat germ and bran
  • Miscellaneous - yeast, gelatin, bone meal, corn oil, margarine, mushrooms, chocolate
  • Other sources - copper water pipes, copper sulfate added to drinking water, copper compounds used in swimming pools, mineral supplements (especially prenatal vitamins), copper cookware and tea kettles, birth control pills, copper intrauterine devices, vegetarian diets, stress, exhaustion of the adrenal glands

Many children are born today with excessive copper levels passed to them from their mothers in utero.

ROLES OF COPPER IN THE BODY

  • Energy production
  • Female reproductive system
  • Blood formation

FUNCTIONS OF COPPER

  • Circulatory - structure of blood vessels, aorta and heart muscle
  • Blood - formation of hemoglobin
  • Nervous - maintenance of the myelin sheath on nerves
  • Reproductive - essential for fertility, menstrual cycle
  • Endocrine - synthesis of stimulatory neurotransmitters
  • Muscular/skeletal - bone and connective tissue structure
  • Immune system - necessary for the immune system
  • Integumentary - needed for skin, hair, nails and pigments
  • Energy - energy production (the electron transport system)

SYMPTOMS ASSOCIATED WITH A COPPER DEFICIENCY

  • anemia
  • atherosclerosis
  • demyelination of nerves
  • diarrhea
  • edema
  • fatigue
  • hair loss
  • impaired collagen formation
  • loss of hair color
  • low hormone production
  • osteoporosis

SYMPTOMS ASSOCIATED WITH A COPPER EXCESS

  • acne
  • adrenal insufficiency
  • allergies
  • alopecia
  • anemia
  • anorexia
  • anxiety
  • arthritis
  • autism
  • cholesterol, elevated
  • cancer
  • cystic fibrosis
  • depression, mental
  • diabetes
  • estrogen (imbalance)
  • fatigue
  • fears
  • fractures, bone
  • headaches (migraine)
  • hemorrhages
  • heart disease
  • hyperactivity
  • hypertension
  • hyperthyroidism
  • hypochlorhydria
  • hypoglycernia
  • infections
  • inflammation
  • insomnia
  • mind racing
  • mood swings
  • multiple sclerosis
  • myocardial infarction
  • nausea
  • pancreatic dysfunction
  • premenstrual tension
  • schizophrenia
  • sexual inadequacy
  • spaciness
  • strokes
  • tooth decay
  • urinary tract infections
  • vitamin deficiencies

SYNERGETIC NUTRIENTS

  • Absorption - proteins

ANTAGONISTIC NUTRIENTS

  • Absorption - zinc, manganese, iron, calcium, molybdenum, sulfur, mercury, cadmium, vitamin C
  • Metabolic - zinc, vitamin C, vitamin B6, sulfur, molybdenum, manganese, iron

HAIR ANALYSIS NOTES
Bio-unavailable copper: Often copper status can be tricky to assess. Copper may be present but unavailable for use in the body. This occurs any time adrenal gland activity is low.

Copper and Oxidation Type: Fast oxidizers generally are deficient in copper, while slow oxidizers usually have either high copper or bio-unavailable copper.

HIDDEN COPPER TOXICITY:
Copper is often normal on hair tests, but may actually be locked in body tissues. Test indicators of a hidden copper imbalance are:

  • calcium level greater than 75 mg%
  • potassium level less than 3 mg%
  • sodium/potassium ratio less than 2.2:1
  • mercury toxicity often indicates a hidden copper toxicity
  • copper level less than 1.0 mg%
  • zinc/copper ratio less than 6:1

REASONS FOR SUPPLEMENTATION WITH COPPER

  • to raise a low sodium/potassium ratio
  • to enhance retention of calcium in tissues

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