Copper is important for iron absorption, nerve function, and making red blood cells. It helps keep blood vessels and the immune system healthy. Copper is in nuts, seeds, whole grains, and shellfish. Some people might need more copper, especially if they have certain medical conditions. A lack of copper can lead to fatigue and weak immunity. It's key for heart health and maintaining strong bones....


Who would benefit from testing their copper levels?

Testing for copper levels can benefit individuals with symptoms of copper deficiency or toxicity, such as fatigue, skin lesions, or neurological symptoms. It’s also important for people with Wilson’s disease, a genetic disorder affecting copper metabolism. Additionally, those with gastrointestinal disorders affecting nutrient absorption or on zinc supplementation, which can lower copper levels, may also benefit from testing.

What are symptoms of low or high copper?

Symptoms of Low Copper:

  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Frequent sickness
  • Weak and brittle bones
  • Problems with memory and learning
  • Difficulty walking
  • Pale skin and hair
  • Vision loss

Symptoms of High Copper:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Metallic taste in the mouth
  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)

Can copper affect your hormones?

Yes, copper can affect your hormones. Copper plays a role in the regulation of various hormonal processes in the body. It’s involved in the production and function of estrogen and other hormones. Copper can influence the way the body uses and metabolizes these hormones, potentially affecting hormonal balance. Excess copper, for example, is sometimes linked to heightened estrogen levels, which can lead to hormonal imbalances. Conversely, a copper deficiency might disrupt normal hormonal functions.

What foods are high in copper?

Foods high in copper include shellfish like oysters, nuts and seeds especially cashews and sunflower seeds, whole grains, and dark chocolate. Organ meats, such as liver, are also rich in copper. For plant-based diets, leafy greens, dried fruits, and avocados are good sources.

Test(s) that measure/test for Copper

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