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Supplement Forms / Alternate Names :
Copper Complexes of Various Amino Acids;Copper Gluconate;Copper Picolinate;Copper Sulfate
Principal Proposed Uses
To Balance High Zinc Intake
Other Proposed Uses
The human body contains only 70 to 80 mg of copper in total, but it's an essential part of many important enzymes. Copper's possible role in treating disease is based on the fact that these enzymes can't do their jobs without it. However, there is little direct evidence that taking extra copper can treat any disease.
The official U.S. recommendations for daily intake of copper are as follows:
Infants 0–6 months, 200 mcg
7–12 months, 220 mcg
Children 1–3 years, 340 mcg
4–8 years, 440 mcg
Males and females 9–13 years, 700 mcg
14–18 years, 890 mcg
19 years and older, 900 mcg
- Pregnant women, 1,000 mcg
- Nursing women, 1,300 mcg
High zincintake reduces copper stores in the body;1,2 for this reason, if you are taking zinc in doses above nutritional levels (as, for example, in the treatment of macular degeneration), you will need extra copper.
In addition, if you are taking iron or large doses of vitamin C, you may need extra copper.3–7 Ideally, you should take copper at least 2 hours apart from these two nutrients, so that they don't interfere with each other's absorption.
Oysters, nuts, legumes, whole grains, sweet potatoes, and dark greens are good sources of copper. Drinking water that passes through copper plumbing is a good source of this mineral, and sometimes it may even provide too much.
Last reviewedSeptember 2014by EBSCO CAM Review Board
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