Copper Element

Copper element as nutrition in humans is a trace mineral – if you’ve arrived here as a physical scientist, don’t run away – without your health, your activities will be severely curtailed – so check out the health information on these pages find out why your health is your biggest asset. Is Your Health an Asset?

• copper and your health is an interesting topic because it is essential to your immunity and health Br J Nutr 2007

• copper works as cofactor with proteins for normal brain function J Biol Chem 2005

• essential for many enzymatic reactions Encyl Nat Healing

• with iron helps red blood cells transport oxygen Encyl Nat Healing

• lends strength and elasticity to connective tissue Encyl Nat Healing

• cofactor with Vitamin C

• highest % concentrations in kidney, heart, brain, and liver although 50% of body’s total is in bones and muscles

• copper supplements may be needed because most of us don’t eat the proper foods to get it from our diet

• it is the synergistic effect of micronutrients that is so important – Vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E and folic acid and the trace elements copper, selenium, iron, and zinc work together to support protective properties of immune cells Br J Nutr 2007


• Adults 900 mcg/day

• Teens 700-890 mcg/day

• Children 1-4 years 340 mcg/day; 4+ 440 mcg/day

Dosage by Copper Supplements

Ratio of zinc to copper intake should be 10:1

• Adults 2mg/day

• Teens 1 mg/day

• Children 1-4 years 0.5 mg/day; 4+ years 1 mg/day

Copper Toxicity

Up to 35 mg/day for adults, from all sources, is considered safe. Birth control pills increase retention.

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