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Top 10 Foods Highest in Copper


Copper is an essential mineral required by the body for bone and connective tissue production, and for coding specific enzymes that range in function from eliminating free radicals to producing melanin. A deficiency in copper can lead to osteoporosis, joint pain, lowered immunity, and since copper is essential for the absorption of iron, anemia. Conversely, over-consumption of copper will lead to cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting in the short term, and can lead to depression, schizophrenia, hypertension, senility, and insomnia in the long term. Copper in large amounts can even be poisonous. The stomach needs to be acidic in order to absorb copper and thus antacids interfere with the absorption of copper, as do milk and egg proteins. The current DV for copper is 2mg. Below is a list of high copper foods, for more, see the lists of high copper foods by nutrient density, and copper rich foods.

#1: Seafood (Oysters, Cooked)
Copper in 100gPer 3oz (85g)Per 6 oysters (42g)
5.71mg (285% DV)4.85mg (243% DV)2.4mg (120% DV)
Other Seafood High in Copper (%DV per 3oz cooked): Squid (90%), Lobster (66%), Crab (50%), and Octopus (31%). Click to see complete nutrition facts.



#2: Kale
Copper in 100gPer cup, chopped (67g)
1.5mg (75% DV)1.0mg (50% DV)
A cup of chopped kale contains just 33 calories and 0.6g fat. Click to see complete nutrition facts.



#3: Mushrooms (Shiitake, Cooked)
Copper in 100gPer cup, pieces (145g)Per 4 mushrooms (72g)
0.9mg (45% DV)1.3mg (65% DV)0.65mg (32% DV)
Other Mushrooms High in Copper (%DV per cup): White, cooked (39%), Morel, raw (21%), and Brown Italian, raw (18%). Click to see complete nutrition facts.



#4: Seeds (Sesame Seeds)
Copper in 100gPer cup (144g)Per ounce (28g)
4.08mg (204% DV)5.88mg (294% DV)1.14mg (57% DV)
Other Seeds High in Copper (%DV per ounce): Sunflower Seeds (26%), Pumpkin & Squash Seeds (19%), Flaxseeds (17%), and Watermelon Seeds (10%). Click to see complete nutrition facts.



#5: Nuts (Cashew Nuts)
Copper in 100gPer cup (137g)Per ounce (28g)
2.22mg (111% DV)3.04mg (152% DV)0.62mg (31% DV)
Other Nuts High in Copper (%DV per ounce): Hazelnuts (25%), Brazil Nuts (24%), Walnuts (22%), Pine Nuts (19%), Pistachio Nuts (18%), Pecan Nuts (17%) and Almonds (14%). Click to see complete nutrition facts.



#6: Pulses (Chickpeas, Cooked)
Copper in 100gPer cup (164g)Per 1/2 cup (82g)
0.35mg (18% DV)0.58mg (29% DV)0.29mg (15% DV)
Other Pulses High in Copper (%DV per cup, cooked): Soybeans (35%), Adzuki Beans (34%), Kidney Beans and White Beans (26%). Click to see complete nutrition facts.



#7: Dried Fruit (Prunes)
Copper in 100gPer cup (132g)Per 1/2 cup (66g)
0.61mg (31% DV)0.81mg (40% DV)0.40mg (20% DV)
Other Dried Fruit High in Copper (%DV per 1/2 cup): Dried Apricots and Currants (17%), Dried Peaches (16%), Raisins (15%), and Dried Figs (11%). Click to see complete nutrition facts.



#8: Avocadoes
Copper in 100gPer cup puréed (230g)Per avocado (201g)
0.19mg (10% DV)0.44mg (22% DV)0.38mg (19% DV)
Half an average avocado contains 161 calories. Click to see complete nutrition facts.



#9: Goat Cheese (Soft)
Copper in 100gPer ounce (28g)Per 2oz (56g)
0.73mg (37% DV)0.21mg (10% DV)0.42mg (10% DV)
An ounce of hard goat cheese contains (9%) DV. Click to see complete nutrition facts.



#10: Fermented Soy Foods (Tempeh)
Copper in 100gPer cup (166g)Per 1/2 cup (83g)
0.56mg (28% DV)0.93mg (47% DV)0.47mg (24% DV)
Other Fermented Soy Foods High in Copper (%DV per cup): Miso (58%), and Fermented Tofu (16%). Click to see complete nutrition facts.




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Top 10 High Copper Foods by Nutrient Density (Copper per Gram)

#1: Liver (Veal, cooked) 15.1mg (753% DV) per 100 grams10.1mg (504% DV) per slice (67 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Liver
#2: Seafood (Oysters, cooked) 5.71mg (285% DV) per 100 grams4.85mg (243% DV) per 3oz (85 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Seafood
#3: Sesame Seeds 4.08mg (204% DV) per 100 grams1.14mg (57% DV) per ounce (28 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Sesame Seeds
#4: Cocoa & Dark Chocolate (Cocoa) 3.79mg (189% DV) per 100 grams0.19mg (9% DV) per tablespoon (5 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Cocoa & Dark Chocolate
#5: Spices (Mace) 2.47mg (123% DV) per 100 grams0.05mg (2% DV) per teaspoon (2 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Spices
#6: Cashew Nuts 2.22mg (111% DV) per 100 grams0.62mg (31% DV) per ounce (28 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Cashew Nuts
#7: Sun Dried Tomatoes 1.42mg (71% DV) per 100 grams0.77mg (38% DV) per cup (54 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Sun Dried Tomatoes
#8: Lean Ham (Cooked) 1.20mg (60% DV) per 100 grams1.02mg (51% DV) per 3oz (85 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Lean Ham
#9: Roasted Soybeans (Edamame) 1.08mg (54% DV) per 100 grams1.0mg (50% DV) per cup (93 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Edamame
#10: Wheat Bran 1.0mg (50% DV) per 100 grams0.58mg (29% DV) per cup (58 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Wheat Bran


Other Copper Rich Foods

Spirulina 6.1mg (305% DV) per 100 gram serving 6.8mg (342% DV) per cup (112 grams) 0.4mg (21% DV) per tablespoon (7 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Spirulina
Trail Mix 1.0mg (49% DV) per 100 gram serving 1.5mg (74% DV) per cup (150 grams) 0.3mg (14% DV) per ounce (28 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Trail Mix
Quail (Cooked) 0.6mg (30% DV) per 100 gram serving 2.7mg (134% DV) per pound (453 grams) 0.2mg (8% DV) per ounce (28 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Quail
Tortilla Chips 0.5mg (26% DV) per 100 gram serving 0.2mg (7% DV) per bag (28 grams) 0.1mg (5% DV) per 10 chips (18 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Tortilla Chips
Radicchio 0.3mg (17% DV) per 100 gram serving 0.1mg (7% DV) per cup, shredded (40 grams) 0.03mg (1% DV) per leaf (8 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Radicchio
Soy Chips 2.5mg (123% DV) per 100 gram serving 0.7mg (34% DV) per ounce (28 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Soy Chips
Desiccated Coconut 0.8mg (40% DV) per 100 gram serving 0.2mg (11% DV) per ounce (28 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Desiccated Coconut
Puffed Millet 0.7mg (35% DV) per 100 gram serving 0.2mg (7% DV) per cup (21 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Puffed Millet
Granola Bars 0.7mg (34% DV) per 100 gram serving 0.2mg (9% DV) per ounce (28 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Granola Bars
Buckwheat (Roasted) 0.6mg (31% DV) per 100 gram serving 1.0mg (51% DV) per cup (164 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Buckwheat
Kamut (Cooked) 0.3mg (12% DV) per 100 gram serving 0.4mg (21% DV) per cup (172 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Kamut
Chestnuts 0.7mg (33% DV) per 100 gram serving 0.2mg (9% DV) per ounce (28 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Chestnuts
Peanut Butter (Reduced Fat) 0.6mg (29% DV) per 100 gram serving 0.2mg (10% DV) per 2 tablespoons (36 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Peanut Butter
Grape Leaves (Canned) 1.8mg (92% DV) per 100 gram serving 0.1mg (4% DV) per leaf (4 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Grape Leaves
Bacon 0.2mg (9% DV) per 100 gram serving 0.02mg (2% DV) per 2 slices (16 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Bacon
Salami0.36mg (18% DV) per 100 gram serving0.086mg (4% DV) in two slices (24 grams)0.043mg (2% DV) per slice (12 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Cooked Pork and Beef Salami
Paprika0.61mg (30% DV) per 100 gram serving0.042mg (2% DV) per tablespoon (7 grams)0.012mg (1% DV) per teaspoon (2 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Paprika
Molasses0.49mg (24% DV) per 100 gram serving1.64mg (82% DV) per cup (337 grams)0.1mg (5% DV) per tablespoon (20 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Molasses
Ground Ginger0.48mg (24% DV) per 100 gram serving0.024mg (1% DV) per tablespoon (5 grams)0.01mg (1% DV) per teaspoon (2 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Ground Ginger
Chili Powder0.43mg (21% DV) per 100 gram serving0.034mg (2% DV) per tablespoon (8 grams)0.01mg (1% DV) per teaspoon (3 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Chili Powder
Soybean Sprouts0.43mg (21% DV) per 100 gram serving0.3mg (14% DV) per cup (70 grams)0.043mg (2% DV) in 10 sprouts (10 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Raw Soybean Sprouts
Dates (Medjool)0.36mg (18% DV) per 100 gram serving0.17mg (8% DV) in two dates (48 grams)0.087mg (4% DV) per date (24 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Medjool Dates
Seaweed (Wakame)0.28mg (14% DV) per 100 gram serving0.224mg (11% DV) per cup (80 grams)0.028mg (1% DV) per tablespoon (10 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Raw Wakame
For more foods high in copper use the nutrient ranking tool.




Comments.
Name:Pallavi
Location:Mumbai
Subject:Gray Hair
Please guide me for stopping grey hair. I am a 26 yr old girl. Also can you give me advice to help my hair grow?
Posted on 2012-05-07 02:10:08
Name:Meadowsweet
Location:England
Subject:RE: Gray Hair
Some people claim that grey hair is a result of copper deficiency ... but in my opinion there's nothing wrong with letting nature take its course and let your hair grow beautifully grey naturally. :-)
Posted on 2012-07-25 19:13:55
Name:Tom
Location:US
Subject:RE: Gray Hair
@meadowsweet by the same reasoning you should not take any medication and let nature take its course and die naturally...
Posted on 2012-08-21 15:09:16
Name:Dan W
Location:NY
Subject:Dried Herbs and Spices
Sorry, no one is going to eat 100 grams of paprika, ground ginger, chili powder, and any other of the dried herbs/spices mentioned. They should be taken off the list, it's misleading.
Posted on 2012-09-11 02:41:33
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Dried Herbs and Spices
Hi Dan, thanks for your comment and bringing up an important point. When making the ranking it was important to rank foods by nutrient density. The list is made to encourage people to try new foods, and to incorporate them in their diet. No one may eat such a large quantity of herbs and spices, but they can surely start to add more of them to dishes they already eat, and over time, this will add up to quite a lot. Adding a tablespoon of dried basil, a tablespoon of dried paprika, and a tablespoon of dried chillies to a soup will contribute a total of 5% DV of copper to the soup, with little cost in calories. This may still be a modest amount of copper, but it all adds up. Dried herbs and spices are healthy in many ways, and people should eat more of them.
Posted on 2012-09-11 04:58:14
Name:Shannon Gilmour
Subject:RE: Grey hair
Hi, I was sitting in the car the other day with my husband, and I noticed a wiry grey hair on among my hair- I have shoulder length hair- and so I pulled it. Well to my surprise, the grey hair was grey at the tip NOT at the root. I had a third of my hair strand normal color from the root. Six months ago I made a drastic change in my diet. I stopped eating refined foods and went to a strict diet of organic, that included whole wheat organic flour to make my own bread. I buy organic veg and fruits and I can say that this is what reversed the greying for me. I noticed other hairs that were not grey as what I thought. My husband said ' Well stop pulling them out! ' haha. I am happy! Grey hair is a sign of some sort of deficiency I am sure...
Posted on 2012-09-30 21:27:04
Name:Lee
Location:Alexandria, VA
Subject:Gray Hairs
I agree that your diet must be as fresh as possible. I also think that the water you drink, bathe and shower plays a role both internally and externally. I have heard that green tea (black/roobois/and white) is beneficial (not a cure), but make sure it is an excellent brand. I think Consumer labs and/or consumer reports is/are a good place to research teas and other things for good health. Check your water for contaminants and mineral levels which contribute to internal and external problems: iron, calcium and lead, are some examples. If you don't wish to have your household water checked--or can't, I would advise you to research effective water purifiers/softeners for the bath and kitchen. If you can afford it, have your melanin levels checked. Melanin loss is related to gray hairs. Many hair-care products contain chemicals which exacerbate gray hairs (other no-so-good things as well).Amazon sells a few products which allegedly helps. I have heard that WEN products are good (hit or miss and expensive. Have your hormones checked (DHEA, estrogen, TSH, etc....) if you haven't done so. I know that you are young, but there are cases in which women in their early 20's (even earlier) have hormonal conditions which need treatment. Finally, there may be certain drugs (even supplements) which can contribute to early gray hairs. I am sure that there are other things which I haven't covered. Hope this helps.
Posted on 2012-10-04 19:22:57
Name:John Wilkinson
Location:United States
Subject:Hair Growth/Coloring
Letting "nature take its course" is generally a good idea. But this is nutrition. Which means that a properly fed adult should live forever.

There is no dying of old age - its always an aneurysm or heart failure (Copper). Your hair turning white is just the symptom of a problem, minor though it may be.

Posted on 2012-10-21 19:10:31
Name:William
Location:Colorado
Subject:Grey Hair
Nature or not, 26 years is a bit young for grey hair in my opinion.

My addition to this would be Traditional Chinese Medicine. TCM states grey hair as a sign of age(loss of kidney essence and weak kidneys lacking qi and/or yin or yang) and especially a pronounced sign of liver blood deficiency.

There are several types of blood in the body, liver-blood governs the nails, skin, head hair and marrow. A lack of liver blood shows in dry, brittle and/or grey hair, dry, brittle and unhealthy nails as well as dry or scaly skin. Very typical of a liver-blood deficiency are whitish and colorless nails, whilst they are rosy and colored when your liver blood is strong.

In constitution liver-blood deficiency shows in tiredness and fatigue, sleeping problems(insomnia), tremors or cramps and tinnitus which are the main symptoms. Secondary symptoms may include dry and scaly skin(especially when the bodies yin is weak to) with a tendency to rashes(due to wind in the body which can be a result of liver-blood deficiency), high-blood pressure, pulse and palpitations(when liver heat and excess liver yang is also involved which again can be a result of not enough liver-blood) and aggression, anger, agitations and restlessness(again when liver heat and yang are involved).

Grey hair only manifests when a liver-blood deficiency plus weak kidneys and essence are present.

The principle of therapy is nourishing liver-blood and qi, and strengthening the spleen, kidneys and liver-qi and kidney essence. Depending on constitution of the person kidney yin or yang or both and/or liver yin need to be strengthened as well.

The liver loves sour things, most bitter to things(i.e. salads which are often bitter) and especially green, leafy vegetables and fruit, as the liver prefers green colored foods, as well as young and fresh things i.e. sprouts or plant shoots. The liver generally likes organic(but not raw, TCM advises not to eat large amounts of raw and uncooked food, especially in winter) food, especially for the liver the fresher and more organic its grown the better, and it dislikes prepacked or processed food and junk food, frozen food is okay to but fresh is better.

Your diet should include lots of cooked or steamed leafy greens and vegetables. Moderate to "high" amounts of meat or rather more fish and seafruit in your case(high means no more then 10% meat and dairy products in your diet) and low amounts of diary products, and a medium amount of grains(notice that "medium" already means between 50-60% of your diet). Diary products are very nourishing but not very effective in nourishing qi or blood, they mainly nourish yin and body fluids.

Your vegetables of choice would be broccoli, kale, asparagus(especially the green ones but white ones are okay to), avocado, tomatoes, nearly all green, leafy salads especially dandelion has the strongest effect, all forms and kinds of bamboo, green celery, as well as all other kinds of edible leaves, sprouts and shoots. For the kidneys: burdock root, potatoes, asparagus, root celery, scallions, fennel bulb, yams, sweet potatoes, string beans, parsley, green coriander leaves

Fruits of choice would be apples, cherries, strawberries, black or raspberries, blueberries, mulberries and especially red grapes which have the strongest effect. All of them strengthen liver or kidneys or liver blood, or in case of red grapes do all at once. Grapes have the strongest effect of all fruits at strengthening liver blood and kidney qi. This summer I did a grape juice cure for a few months, the effect was remarkable and my skin and nails have got much more color since then. I don't suffer from grey hair but after approximately 2 months I noticed my hair being a bit darker and stronger pigmented, the effect is really overwhelming. But go easy on grapes or grape juice, they are known to quickly cause diarrhea and people with weak spleen qi if eaten or drank to much at once.

Meat or fish: Meat shouldn't be your choice, rather instead fish and especially seafruit. Your meat of choice would be best chicken, or also duck or pork, or if you like this animal liver(but don't eat often and only organic animal liver since the liver is the storage organ for toxins and you don't want that in your body). All sorts of fish will do, especially fatty tuna or salmon. But the best thing for liver-blood is seafood without a doubt, especially squid, octopus are known to strengthen liver-blood, and mussels are the most liver-blood nourishing seafood from all.

Grains: Clearly number one is wheat which is outstanding. But with wheat notice that: wheat meal and bread baked from it are warm, whilst whole cooked wheat corn is cooling. Beware that bread from any grain is warming, bread is not a cooling food. Wheat strengthens the liver and builds up liver-blood in the body. However besides wheat there is also kamut, millet and oat which strengthen the kidneys(but not the liver) and build up qi and general blood like all grains. For spleen qi and general blood building(which is never wrong for liver-blood to) rice is the most outstanding grain, and because of this also the best grain against diarrhea.

Lastly beans etc. Kidney beans, black soy beans and lentils help strengthening the kidneys. Kidney beans also strengthen heart blood and general blood which never hurts to, the red variation of lentils has the same effect.

Diary products: Not many, best is sheep or goat feta, despite its warming and yang strengthening properties it is also known to nourish liver-blood as the only diary product I know that does this.

Condiments oils etc. Oils don't build up any blood. However oil of choice would still be olive oil since in low amounts it strengthens the liver. Or sesame oil which strengthens the kidneys. Sweeteners: Clearly maple syrup. Besides well known other health effects(diabetes for example) maple syrup is the ideal choice of sweetener for strengthening liver-blood in particular. Or if you can get it(or simply make it yourself, takes very long but its actually easy) apple syrup.

Oh and of course it takes no genius to realize that alcohol is taboo for a healthy liver as well. Only in extremely small amounts alcohol can be beneficial and even of therapeutic value. Sake for example can be an excellent digestive and aperitif, which can prevent diarrhea, stomach cramps etc. However for the liver and liver-blood clearly red wine is your best choice. 1 glass all 2-3 days is even said to be beneficial in building up liver-blood. The same goes for wheat beer or apple wine or cider, for the liver this should be your beverages of choice.

Posted on 2012-11-19 15:04:01
Name:EA
Location:PT
Subject:Thanks
Many thanks William for your post. I found it insightful and I'll research more. Thanks!
Posted on 2012-12-05 22:35:56
Name:SPN
Location:Texas
Subject:A bit too much stock in effects to hair
Certainly nutrition affects your hair, but everyone appears to be ignoring genetics. My family lives long lives beyond our (90's, some in the 100's) yet we start turning gray or white in our late 20's and usually are completely gray well before 40. Some things cannot be fixed by an extra dose of anything in the diet.
Posted on 2012-12-30 10:34:07
Name:Nickaa
Location:USA
Subject:Copper Toxicity
Warning: Eating a large amount of copper can be poisonous. Just want to warn everyone.
Posted on 2013-01-30 23:25:42
Name:Daiva
Location:UK
Subject:Dried herbs should be on the list
Hi, I disagree with Dan, herbs should be on the list. I am a Wilson's disease sufferer so I will be making sure not to use these spices in my every day meals any more. Thank you.
Posted on 2013-03-29 13:39:07
Name:Karen
Location:USA
Subject:Skin Problems
Over the past 6 or 7 months I have noticed sores on my legs which aggravate until I scratch them open. A Neurologist that I saw asked about this, and whether I had been "picking" at them. Confirmed, he told me that they were copper deficiency, and I might need to adjust my vitamins. From reading this blog, I have been made aware of several other symptoms I had thought unrelated. (I have a beautiful bloom of grey hair at both temples). I had a gastric bypass done in 1983, and have lost almost a third of my body weight and am maintaining it off.
Posted on 2013-06-22 14:29:48
Name:Larry
Location:USA
Subject:Copper and Zinc
Copper and zinc balance each other. Copper is easy to get in excess.(Copper fungicides on fruit, copper cookware, and pipes. Zinc is hard to get and we need more. Look up toxic copper levels and you will find many many symptoms that are universal today.
Posted on 2013-06-26 23:16:54
Name:Jackie
Location:Australia
Subject:Copper & Zinc Balance
I agree with Larry. There is more chance of people having copper to excess and zinc in deficiency. I was diagnosed with zinc levels very low at 2.4 and excess copper and it caused me many, many problems - while detoxing the copper, which entailed taking zinc supplements (zinc will hunt out the copper from the body along with vit C and molybdenum)I suffered an anxiety disorder and the copper was detoxed too quickly. Its taken me eight months to get to an acceptable level of zinc to copper but its not completely right as yet - So as Larry says look up toxic copper levels and see the many symptoms - it's no mean feat to correct.
Posted on 2013-07-30 17:55:24
Name:Debra
Location:Washington
Subject:Grape juice cure
William from Colorado mentions a grape juice cure. Would appreciate more info. Thanks!
Posted on 2013-09-11 19:00:26
Name:Rebecca C Cody
Location:Olmpia, WA
Subject:Copper and cancer
I'm coming at the copper thing from the opposite point of view. I'm on a protocol for preventing the return of cancer, used mostly after one shows no evidence of the disease. I take Tetrathiomolybdate to chelate copper out of the body. Cancer needs more copper to form blood vessels than the body needs to remain healthy. I have to monitor my blood copper and other levels every two weeks. Once the correct range of copper in the blood is reached, the dose will be lowered to maintain a level that is healthy but won't give any remaining cancer cells the raw material they need to grow and spread.

I find that, even taking this drug, it has been difficult to bring copper down sufficiently.

On the subject of hair, I have plenty of white hair. In the past I took a supplement called Fulvic Minerals (not fulvic acid) from Vital Earth Minerals and it was turning my hair dark again. It doesn't work for everyone, and I don't think I would have gone back to dark brown hair at age 70, but it did make a noticeable difference.

I think it was Dr Mercola who talked about an enzyme at the root of the hair which is missing when hair turns white or gray. I don't remember the details, but his website probably has the article.

Posted on 2013-09-12 19:36:18
Name:Linda
Location:Oregon
Subject:Cancer and copper
Rebecca I am likely to go on the same medicine soon. I am interested in your experience with it. Keep comments on cancer and copper going. The food list has many favorite foods of mine on it, discouraging. I am also a potter and use copper oxide in my work! Thanks. Linda
Posted on 2013-12-04 18:52:03
Name:Ellie Ragsdale
Location:Mtn. View, CA
Subject:How much is too much?
You say that problems can be caused by too much copper being consumed. Does this mean that 101%DV can cause these problems?
Posted on 2013-12-31 22:46:52
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: How much is too much?
Hi Ellie, thanks for your question. The DV or daily value is meant to be a guideline for how much to consume each day on average. The upper limit of copper intake should not exceed 10mg, or 500%DV each day. In general nutrients from foods are safer than supplements. So do not exceed 3-5mg of copper per day in supplements, or you may have to consume less depending on your situation. Hope that helps.
Posted on 2014-01-02 16:47:25
Name:Andre
Location:Santa Rosa, CA
Subject:Fluoridated water and copper toxicity
Interesting note about consuming too much copper...If you live in an area that fluoridates their water supply, chances are that you are getting excess copper in your diet. Reason being is that fluoride actually causes copper to leach from soldered pipe joints and copper piping in general! A recent study has been done linking excess copper to Alzheimer's disease. Another great reason to avoid fluoridated water at all costs.
Posted on 2014-01-14 14:13:19
Name:Sara
Location:USA
Subject:Zinc poisoning
Hi, if you are in an area (almost all cities) that adds potash to the water supply "to help prevent iron pipe rust", and have a house 1940 or prior, galvanized zinc pipe is your water main most likely, and this potash leaches zinc into your water. I have zinc poisoning, not deficiency, from the watermain in my home which was in Seattle. This is another thing to consider, besides the more common copper plumbing.
Posted on 2014-01-15 08:31:33
Name:Beth
Location:Florida
Subject:William and Chinese Medicine
William, Thank you for your comment.

My family has been using Ancient Chinese Medicine for 13 years and we can tell a big difference in our health. My husband was diagnosed with Wry Neck (Spasmodic Torticollis)13 years ago and has been using ACM for relief and hoping it will cure it.

Wry Neck is extremely painful and debilitating. TCM is slow going but worth the wait as we see a difference every week. Because of the considerable healing I saw in his condition I started using ACM for arthritis and learned much more than I ever expected about the entire body. ACM is a whole new ball game for someone raised on the American diet and medicine and the American way. After watching my very strong mother die from poly-pharmacy(15 medications including Coumadin - a human form of rat poison- for 8 years) I realized very quickly the AMA is no way to go. The 4 doctors she had could not figure out why she was needing blood transfusions every month at 63 years old. Each one stating she needed to be taken off Coumadin because she was on it too long! Each one also told her when the other doctor found out why she was losing so much blood to "let them know what the other doc found" because they could not figure it out!
Every single person I know on prescription meds stay on prescriptions of some sort with few exceptions. Several people I know have turned to ACM and have had relief of symptoms and prescriptions side effects or dependency. One man quit using ACM and went back to his AMA doc only to see his numbers shoot back up and all the same symptoms return. He is now back on ACM after 2 years of seeing no difference with American medicine.
Folks, don't get me wrong. I know American medicine has done incredibly wonderful things and have witnessed some of them, but many of their ways seem not to cure the disease or condition but to manage it. I admire the American success in medicine but am baffled at the resistance to natural remedies that have been proven to help or cure over the centuries. Some are thousands of years old. Dr.Wallach, Dr.Mercola, and many more health experts are great online references for people to help themselves by informing themselves.
Thanks to all of you who comment to help others.

Posted on 2014-01-15 14:26:11
Name:Shweta
Location:India
Subject:Copper and zinc in vitiligo
I have excess zinc in serum...will taking copper help in vitiligo?
Posted on 2014-01-31 07:46:40
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Copper and zinc in vitiligo
Hi Shweta, thanks for your question. According to this study zinc might help vitiligo. However, if your serum level is already high, you probably don't want to consume more zinc. You can try copper, but there is not much to suggest it will help.
Posted on 2014-01-31 14:50:24
Name:Jen
Location:Australia
Subject:Vitiligo/Copper & Grey Hair
Hi Shweta, I've had vitiligo since Aug 2012. I started UVB Light treatment in March 2013 for 7 months (3 x a wk) then I stopped that in Oct 2012. It did work & pigmentation was coming back, however, I didn't want anymore treatments due to the wrisk involved. Since then I radically changed my diet. I found that copper was essential which you can google what foods have it. I wear a copper bracelet, eat lambs fry twice a week, salmon, oysters & drink 2 cups of Chinese herb called He Shou Wu, fresh veggies & fruit. What's happened is the melanocytes cells stopped producing melanin & I just found out that melanin is responsible for the colour of our skin, eyes & hair. I am 51 & have a lot of greys but 3 days before Xmas 2013 I started taking 2 tsp of Unsulfured Blackstrap Molasses for copper intake & will help with reversing grey hair (you may not need too) & it's only been 6 weeks & my new growth is going back to my natural hair colour, my greys are going, which says to me, melanin is bringing back colour to my hair & skin. I also put a paste of red clay on my white patches, the spots are fading & I make sure I get morning sun. The nutrient deficiency is at a cellular level so it will take time. I am an Indigenous Australian, so having vitiligo has been very challenging with my dark skin, but it is going away.
Posted on 2014-02-07 00:46:08
Name:John
Subject:Copper and cancer
Just a point about reducing copper if you have cancer. It is correct that copper assists blood transportation to the cancer and it can at the start to slow it down a bit but it has been found that if you prevent the cancer getting a blood supply after a while it star-bursts and then spreads very quickly. I would urge caution using this protocol especially as copper in the right amount supports the immune system.
Posted on 2014-03-01 17:42:48
Name:Carl Rushmore
Location:United States
Subject:Copper Excretion Rate
Hi,

I came to this website by coincidence. As I had been searching endlessly for info on the web regarding: the rate copper gets out of the body, i.e. excreted. In one website, and it's the only one I found, says: Cu excretion from the human body is 10% / 72 hours! That's pretty slow rate. Let's see you have copper overload, and decided to get rid of copper in your system (via consuming high doses zinc, vitamin C, garlic - containing sulfur - all copper antagonists), you gona need around 30 days to remove any excess, toxicity.

But as I say I found this in one website,no one else in the entire world! mentions anything about this subject.

Folks, my state of health been deteriorating lately. The worst condition I experienced in my 44 year life span. Frequent infections, skin sores out of nowhere, hair loss. Very dry, brittle hair - sheep wool like! Not to mention chronic insomnia.

My story starts couple years ago, when I added copper to my daily supplements regimen. Why ad Cu? Cause I been taking Zinc for many years. Zinc is needed in case of high alcohol consumption, alcoholics.

I was heavy consumer of alcohol, but quit 18 months ago. Still I continued to take Zn. When I was a heavy drinker, Zn seemed to be working perfectly, no issues. But as I quit alcohol, Zn not needed by the body, and hence started lowering copper, increasing my blood cholesterol levels (when I was heavy drinker my Cholesterol was optimal! below normal range!!).

Latest blood tests: low Ceruloplasmin, low white blood cells count, Cu within range, yet at the low end of normal.

What is the answer to solving the puzzle of my health condition? No idea. I mean, when i was daily heavy drinker, my health, my lab tests were all perfect (except high bilirubin). Now I quit alcohol, yet my health is heading south, my blood tests show strange abnormalities.

If you gona ask what my doctor thinks. he doesn't think anything! Not interested in subject of supplements. He thinks I should quit all supps, to detox the body. No other helpful explanation or interest.

Posted on 2014-03-08 15:11:39
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Copper Excretion Rate
Hi Carl, thanks for your comment and sharing your experience. Often alcoholics have poor diets, generally eating little. Did you start eating more high cholesterol or high sugar foods after quitting alcohol? Both can cause problems to your cholesterol and general blood panel. It is one explanation at least. Watch your diet, eat more fruits and veggies, and aim to get regular exercise everyday.
Posted on 2014-03-10 14:48:13
Name:Joan Doane
Location:Overland Park, KS.
Subject:Unbound copper!
I recently had a hair analysis and found out that I have unbound copper. I am at toxic levels and my BP is 170 / 102 sometimes higher. I also have a itchy rash on my chest. Could I be detoxing from copper? How do I get rid of the copper? Thanks.
Posted on 2014-03-13 01:51:25

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Name:Pallavi
Location:Mumbai
Subject:Gray Hair
Please guide me for stopping grey hair. I am a 26 yr old girl. Also can you give me advice to help my hair grow?
Posted on 2012-05-07 02:10:08
Name:Meadowsweet
Location:England
Subject:RE: Gray Hair
Some people claim that grey hair is a result of copper deficiency ... but in my opinion there's nothing wrong with letting nature take its course and let your hair grow beautifully grey naturally. :-)
Posted on 2012-07-25 19:13:55
Name:Tom
Location:US
Subject:RE: Gray Hair
@meadowsweet by the same reasoning you should not take any medication and let nature take its course and die naturally...
Posted on 2012-08-21 15:09:16
Name:Dan W
Location:NY
Subject:Dried Herbs and Spices
Sorry, no one is going to eat 100 grams of paprika, ground ginger, chili powder, and any other of the dried herbs/spices mentioned. They should be taken off the list, it's misleading.
Posted on 2012-09-11 02:41:33
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Dried Herbs and Spices
Hi Dan, thanks for your comment and bringing up an important point. When making the ranking it was important to rank foods by nutrient density. The list is made to encourage people to try new foods, and to incorporate them in their diet. No one may eat such a large quantity of herbs and spices, but they can surely start to add more of them to dishes they already eat, and over time, this will add up to quite a lot. Adding a tablespoon of dried basil, a tablespoon of dried paprika, and a tablespoon of dried chillies to a soup will contribute a total of 5% DV of copper to the soup, with little cost in calories. This may still be a modest amount of copper, but it all adds up. Dried herbs and spices are healthy in many ways, and people should eat more of them.
Posted on 2012-09-11 04:58:14
Name:Shannon Gilmour
Subject:RE: Grey hair
Hi, I was sitting in the car the other day with my husband, and I noticed a wiry grey hair on among my hair- I have shoulder length hair- and so I pulled it. Well to my surprise, the grey hair was grey at the tip NOT at the root. I had a third of my hair strand normal color from the root. Six months ago I made a drastic change in my diet. I stopped eating refined foods and went to a strict diet of organic, that included whole wheat organic flour to make my own bread. I buy organic veg and fruits and I can say that this is what reversed the greying for me. I noticed other hairs that were not grey as what I thought. My husband said ' Well stop pulling them out! ' haha. I am happy! Grey hair is a sign of some sort of deficiency I am sure...
Posted on 2012-09-30 21:27:04
Name:Lee
Location:Alexandria, VA
Subject:Gray Hairs
I agree that your diet must be as fresh as possible. I also think that the water you drink, bathe and shower plays a role both internally and externally. I have heard that green tea (black/roobois/and white) is beneficial (not a cure), but make sure it is an excellent brand. I think Consumer labs and/or consumer reports is/are a good place to research teas and other things for good health. Check your water for contaminants and mineral levels which contribute to internal and external problems: iron, calcium and lead, are some examples. If you don't wish to have your household water checked--or can't, I would advise you to research effective water purifiers/softeners for the bath and kitchen. If you can afford it, have your melanin levels checked. Melanin loss is related to gray hairs. Many hair-care products contain chemicals which exacerbate gray hairs (other no-so-good things as well).Amazon sells a few products which allegedly helps. I have heard that WEN products are good (hit or miss and expensive. Have your hormones checked (DHEA, estrogen, TSH, etc....) if you haven't done so. I know that you are young, but there are cases in which women in their early 20's (even earlier) have hormonal conditions which need treatment. Finally, there may be certain drugs (even supplements) which can contribute to early gray hairs. I am sure that there are other things which I haven't covered. Hope this helps.
Posted on 2012-10-04 19:22:57
Name:John Wilkinson
Location:United States
Subject:Hair Growth/Coloring
Letting "nature take its course" is generally a good idea. But this is nutrition. Which means that a properly fed adult should live forever.

There is no dying of old age - its always an aneurysm or heart failure (Copper). Your hair turning white is just the symptom of a problem, minor though it may be.

Posted on 2012-10-21 19:10:31
Name:William
Location:Colorado
Subject:Grey Hair
Nature or not, 26 years is a bit young for grey hair in my opinion.

My addition to this would be Traditional Chinese Medicine. TCM states grey hair as a sign of age(loss of kidney essence and weak kidneys lacking qi and/or yin or yang) and especially a pronounced sign of liver blood deficiency.

There are several types of blood in the body, liver-blood governs the nails, skin, head hair and marrow. A lack of liver blood shows in dry, brittle and/or grey hair, dry, brittle and unhealthy nails as well as dry or scaly skin. Very typical of a liver-blood deficiency are whitish and colorless nails, whilst they are rosy and colored when your liver blood is strong.

In constitution liver-blood deficiency shows in tiredness and fatigue, sleeping problems(insomnia), tremors or cramps and tinnitus which are the main symptoms. Secondary symptoms may include dry and scaly skin(especially when the bodies yin is weak to) with a tendency to rashes(due to wind in the body which can be a result of liver-blood deficiency), high-blood pressure, pulse and palpitations(when liver heat and excess liver yang is also involved which again can be a result of not enough liver-blood) and aggression, anger, agitations and restlessness(again when liver heat and yang are involved).

Grey hair only manifests when a liver-blood deficiency plus weak kidneys and essence are present.

The principle of therapy is nourishing liver-blood and qi, and strengthening the spleen, kidneys and liver-qi and kidney essence. Depending on constitution of the person kidney yin or yang or both and/or liver yin need to be strengthened as well.

The liver loves sour things, most bitter to things(i.e. salads which are often bitter) and especially green, leafy vegetables and fruit, as the liver prefers green colored foods, as well as young and fresh things i.e. sprouts or plant shoots. The liver generally likes organic(but not raw, TCM advises not to eat large amounts of raw and uncooked food, especially in winter) food, especially for the liver the fresher and more organic its grown the better, and it dislikes prepacked or processed food and junk food, frozen food is okay to but fresh is better.

Your diet should include lots of cooked or steamed leafy greens and vegetables. Moderate to "high" amounts of meat or rather more fish and seafruit in your case(high means no more then 10% meat and dairy products in your diet) and low amounts of diary products, and a medium amount of grains(notice that "medium" already means between 50-60% of your diet). Diary products are very nourishing but not very effective in nourishing qi or blood, they mainly nourish yin and body fluids.

Your vegetables of choice would be broccoli, kale, asparagus(especially the green ones but white ones are okay to), avocado, tomatoes, nearly all green, leafy salads especially dandelion has the strongest effect, all forms and kinds of bamboo, green celery, as well as all other kinds of edible leaves, sprouts and shoots. For the kidneys: burdock root, potatoes, asparagus, root celery, scallions, fennel bulb, yams, sweet potatoes, string beans, parsley, green coriander leaves

Fruits of choice would be apples, cherries, strawberries, black or raspberries, blueberries, mulberries and especially red grapes which have the strongest effect. All of them strengthen liver or kidneys or liver blood, or in case of red grapes do all at once. Grapes have the strongest effect of all fruits at strengthening liver blood and kidney qi. This summer I did a grape juice cure for a few months, the effect was remarkable and my skin and nails have got much more color since then. I don't suffer from grey hair but after approximately 2 months I noticed my hair being a bit darker and stronger pigmented, the effect is really overwhelming. But go easy on grapes or grape juice, they are known to quickly cause diarrhea and people with weak spleen qi if eaten or drank to much at once.

Meat or fish: Meat shouldn't be your choice, rather instead fish and especially seafruit. Your meat of choice would be best chicken, or also duck or pork, or if you like this animal liver(but don't eat often and only organic animal liver since the liver is the storage organ for toxins and you don't want that in your body). All sorts of fish will do, especially fatty tuna or salmon. But the best thing for liver-blood is seafood without a doubt, especially squid, octopus are known to strengthen liver-blood, and mussels are the most liver-blood nourishing seafood from all.

Grains: Clearly number one is wheat which is outstanding. But with wheat notice that: wheat meal and bread baked from it are warm, whilst whole cooked wheat corn is cooling. Beware that bread from any grain is warming, bread is not a cooling food. Wheat strengthens the liver and builds up liver-blood in the body. However besides wheat there is also kamut, millet and oat which strengthen the kidneys(but not the liver) and build up qi and general blood like all grains. For spleen qi and general blood building(which is never wrong for liver-blood to) rice is the most outstanding grain, and because of this also the best grain against diarrhea.

Lastly beans etc. Kidney beans, black soy beans and lentils help strengthening the kidneys. Kidney beans also strengthen heart blood and general blood which never hurts to, the red variation of lentils has the same effect.

Diary products: Not many, best is sheep or goat feta, despite its warming and yang strengthening properties it is also known to nourish liver-blood as the only diary product I know that does this.

Condiments oils etc. Oils don't build up any blood. However oil of choice would still be olive oil since in low amounts it strengthens the liver. Or sesame oil which strengthens the kidneys. Sweeteners: Clearly maple syrup. Besides well known other health effects(diabetes for example) maple syrup is the ideal choice of sweetener for strengthening liver-blood in particular. Or if you can get it(or simply make it yourself, takes very long but its actually easy) apple syrup.

Oh and of course it takes no genius to realize that alcohol is taboo for a healthy liver as well. Only in extremely small amounts alcohol can be beneficial and even of therapeutic value. Sake for example can be an excellent digestive and aperitif, which can prevent diarrhea, stomach cramps etc. However for the liver and liver-blood clearly red wine is your best choice. 1 glass all 2-3 days is even said to be beneficial in building up liver-blood. The same goes for wheat beer or apple wine or cider, for the liver this should be your beverages of choice.

Posted on 2012-11-19 15:04:01
Name:EA
Location:PT
Subject:Thanks
Many thanks William for your post. I found it insightful and I'll research more. Thanks!
Posted on 2012-12-05 22:35:56
Name:SPN
Location:Texas
Subject:A bit too much stock in effects to hair
Certainly nutrition affects your hair, but everyone appears to be ignoring genetics. My family lives long lives beyond our (90's, some in the 100's) yet we start turning gray or white in our late 20's and usually are completely gray well before 40. Some things cannot be fixed by an extra dose of anything in the diet.
Posted on 2012-12-30 10:34:07
Name:Nickaa
Location:USA
Subject:Copper Toxicity
Warning: Eating a large amount of copper can be poisonous. Just want to warn everyone.
Posted on 2013-01-30 23:25:42
Name:Daiva
Location:UK
Subject:Dried herbs should be on the list
Hi, I disagree with Dan, herbs should be on the list. I am a Wilson's disease sufferer so I will be making sure not to use these spices in my every day meals any more. Thank you.
Posted on 2013-03-29 13:39:07
Name:Karen
Location:USA
Subject:Skin Problems
Over the past 6 or 7 months I have noticed sores on my legs which aggravate until I scratch them open. A Neurologist that I saw asked about this, and whether I had been "picking" at them. Confirmed, he told me that they were copper deficiency, and I might need to adjust my vitamins. From reading this blog, I have been made aware of several other symptoms I had thought unrelated. (I have a beautiful bloom of grey hair at both temples). I had a gastric bypass done in 1983, and have lost almost a third of my body weight and am maintaining it off.
Posted on 2013-06-22 14:29:48
Name:Larry
Location:USA
Subject:Copper and Zinc
Copper and zinc balance each other. Copper is easy to get in excess.(Copper fungicides on fruit, copper cookware, and pipes. Zinc is hard to get and we need more. Look up toxic copper levels and you will find many many symptoms that are universal today.
Posted on 2013-06-26 23:16:54
Name:Jackie
Location:Australia
Subject:Copper & Zinc Balance
I agree with Larry. There is more chance of people having copper to excess and zinc in deficiency. I was diagnosed with zinc levels very low at 2.4 and excess copper and it caused me many, many problems - while detoxing the copper, which entailed taking zinc supplements (zinc will hunt out the copper from the body along with vit C and molybdenum)I suffered an anxiety disorder and the copper was detoxed too quickly. Its taken me eight months to get to an acceptable level of zinc to copper but its not completely right as yet - So as Larry says look up toxic copper levels and see the many symptoms - it's no mean feat to correct.
Posted on 2013-07-30 17:55:24
Name:Debra
Location:Washington
Subject:Grape juice cure
William from Colorado mentions a grape juice cure. Would appreciate more info. Thanks!
Posted on 2013-09-11 19:00:26
Name:Rebecca C Cody
Location:Olmpia, WA
Subject:Copper and cancer
I'm coming at the copper thing from the opposite point of view. I'm on a protocol for preventing the return of cancer, used mostly after one shows no evidence of the disease. I take Tetrathiomolybdate to chelate copper out of the body. Cancer needs more copper to form blood vessels than the body needs to remain healthy. I have to monitor my blood copper and other levels every two weeks. Once the correct range of copper in the blood is reached, the dose will be lowered to maintain a level that is healthy but won't give any remaining cancer cells the raw material they need to grow and spread.

I find that, even taking this drug, it has been difficult to bring copper down sufficiently.

On the subject of hair, I have plenty of white hair. In the past I took a supplement called Fulvic Minerals (not fulvic acid) from Vital Earth Minerals and it was turning my hair dark again. It doesn't work for everyone, and I don't think I would have gone back to dark brown hair at age 70, but it did make a noticeable difference.

I think it was Dr Mercola who talked about an enzyme at the root of the hair which is missing when hair turns white or gray. I don't remember the details, but his website probably has the article.

Posted on 2013-09-12 19:36:18
Name:Linda
Location:Oregon
Subject:Cancer and copper
Rebecca I am likely to go on the same medicine soon. I am interested in your experience with it. Keep comments on cancer and copper going. The food list has many favorite foods of mine on it, discouraging. I am also a potter and use copper oxide in my work! Thanks. Linda
Posted on 2013-12-04 18:52:03
Name:Ellie Ragsdale
Location:Mtn. View, CA
Subject:How much is too much?
You say that problems can be caused by too much copper being consumed. Does this mean that 101%DV can cause these problems?
Posted on 2013-12-31 22:46:52
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: How much is too much?
Hi Ellie, thanks for your question. The DV or daily value is meant to be a guideline for how much to consume each day on average. The upper limit of copper intake should not exceed 10mg, or 500%DV each day. In general nutrients from foods are safer than supplements. So do not exceed 3-5mg of copper per day in supplements, or you may have to consume less depending on your situation. Hope that helps.
Posted on 2014-01-02 16:47:25
Name:Andre
Location:Santa Rosa, CA
Subject:Fluoridated water and copper toxicity
Interesting note about consuming too much copper...If you live in an area that fluoridates their water supply, chances are that you are getting excess copper in your diet. Reason being is that fluoride actually causes copper to leach from soldered pipe joints and copper piping in general! A recent study has been done linking excess copper to Alzheimer's disease. Another great reason to avoid fluoridated water at all costs.
Posted on 2014-01-14 14:13:19
Name:Sara
Location:USA
Subject:Zinc poisoning
Hi, if you are in an area (almost all cities) that adds potash to the water supply "to help prevent iron pipe rust", and have a house 1940 or prior, galvanized zinc pipe is your water main most likely, and this potash leaches zinc into your water. I have zinc poisoning, not deficiency, from the watermain in my home which was in Seattle. This is another thing to consider, besides the more common copper plumbing.
Posted on 2014-01-15 08:31:33
Name:Beth
Location:Florida
Subject:William and Chinese Medicine
William, Thank you for your comment.

My family has been using Ancient Chinese Medicine for 13 years and we can tell a big difference in our health. My husband was diagnosed with Wry Neck (Spasmodic Torticollis)13 years ago and has been using ACM for relief and hoping it will cure it.

Wry Neck is extremely painful and debilitating. TCM is slow going but worth the wait as we see a difference every week. Because of the considerable healing I saw in his condition I started using ACM for arthritis and learned much more than I ever expected about the entire body. ACM is a whole new ball game for someone raised on the American diet and medicine and the American way. After watching my very strong mother die from poly-pharmacy(15 medications including Coumadin - a human form of rat poison- for 8 years) I realized very quickly the AMA is no way to go. The 4 doctors she had could not figure out why she was needing blood transfusions every month at 63 years old. Each one stating she needed to be taken off Coumadin because she was on it too long! Each one also told her when the other doctor found out why she was losing so much blood to "let them know what the other doc found" because they could not figure it out!
Every single person I know on prescription meds stay on prescriptions of some sort with few exceptions. Several people I know have turned to ACM and have had relief of symptoms and prescriptions side effects or dependency. One man quit using ACM and went back to his AMA doc only to see his numbers shoot back up and all the same symptoms return. He is now back on ACM after 2 years of seeing no difference with American medicine.
Folks, don't get me wrong. I know American medicine has done incredibly wonderful things and have witnessed some of them, but many of their ways seem not to cure the disease or condition but to manage it. I admire the American success in medicine but am baffled at the resistance to natural remedies that have been proven to help or cure over the centuries. Some are thousands of years old. Dr.Wallach, Dr.Mercola, and many more health experts are great online references for people to help themselves by informing themselves.
Thanks to all of you who comment to help others.

Posted on 2014-01-15 14:26:11
Name:Shweta
Location:India
Subject:Copper and zinc in vitiligo
I have excess zinc in serum...will taking copper help in vitiligo?
Posted on 2014-01-31 07:46:40
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Copper and zinc in vitiligo
Hi Shweta, thanks for your question. According to this study zinc might help vitiligo. However, if your serum level is already high, you probably don't want to consume more zinc. You can try copper, but there is not much to suggest it will help.
Posted on 2014-01-31 14:50:24
Name:Jen
Location:Australia
Subject:Vitiligo/Copper & Grey Hair
Hi Shweta, I've had vitiligo since Aug 2012. I started UVB Light treatment in March 2013 for 7 months (3 x a wk) then I stopped that in Oct 2012. It did work & pigmentation was coming back, however, I didn't want anymore treatments due to the wrisk involved. Since then I radically changed my diet. I found that copper was essential which you can google what foods have it. I wear a copper bracelet, eat lambs fry twice a week, salmon, oysters & drink 2 cups of Chinese herb called He Shou Wu, fresh veggies & fruit. What's happened is the melanocytes cells stopped producing melanin & I just found out that melanin is responsible for the colour of our skin, eyes & hair. I am 51 & have a lot of greys but 3 days before Xmas 2013 I started taking 2 tsp of Unsulfured Blackstrap Molasses for copper intake & will help with reversing grey hair (you may not need too) & it's only been 6 weeks & my new growth is going back to my natural hair colour, my greys are going, which says to me, melanin is bringing back colour to my hair & skin. I also put a paste of red clay on my white patches, the spots are fading & I make sure I get morning sun. The nutrient deficiency is at a cellular level so it will take time. I am an Indigenous Australian, so having vitiligo has been very challenging with my dark skin, but it is going away.
Posted on 2014-02-07 00:46:08
Name:John
Subject:Copper and cancer
Just a point about reducing copper if you have cancer. It is correct that copper assists blood transportation to the cancer and it can at the start to slow it down a bit but it has been found that if you prevent the cancer getting a blood supply after a while it star-bursts and then spreads very quickly. I would urge caution using this protocol especially as copper in the right amount supports the immune system.
Posted on 2014-03-01 17:42:48
Name:Carl Rushmore
Location:United States
Subject:Copper Excretion Rate
Hi,

I came to this website by coincidence. As I had been searching endlessly for info on the web regarding: the rate copper gets out of the body, i.e. excreted. In one website, and it's the only one I found, says: Cu excretion from the human body is 10% / 72 hours! That's pretty slow rate. Let's see you have copper overload, and decided to get rid of copper in your system (via consuming high doses zinc, vitamin C, garlic - containing sulfur - all copper antagonists), you gona need around 30 days to remove any excess, toxicity.

But as I say I found this in one website,no one else in the entire world! mentions anything about this subject.

Folks, my state of health been deteriorating lately. The worst condition I experienced in my 44 year life span. Frequent infections, skin sores out of nowhere, hair loss. Very dry, brittle hair - sheep wool like! Not to mention chronic insomnia.

My story starts couple years ago, when I added copper to my daily supplements regimen. Why ad Cu? Cause I been taking Zinc for many years. Zinc is needed in case of high alcohol consumption, alcoholics.

I was heavy consumer of alcohol, but quit 18 months ago. Still I continued to take Zn. When I was a heavy drinker, Zn seemed to be working perfectly, no issues. But as I quit alcohol, Zn not needed by the body, and hence started lowering copper, increasing my blood cholesterol levels (when I was heavy drinker my Cholesterol was optimal! below normal range!!).

Latest blood tests: low Ceruloplasmin, low white blood cells count, Cu within range, yet at the low end of normal.

What is the answer to solving the puzzle of my health condition? No idea. I mean, when i was daily heavy drinker, my health, my lab tests were all perfect (except high bilirubin). Now I quit alcohol, yet my health is heading south, my blood tests show strange abnormalities.

If you gona ask what my doctor thinks. he doesn't think anything! Not interested in subject of supplements. He thinks I should quit all supps, to detox the body. No other helpful explanation or interest.

Posted on 2014-03-08 15:11:39
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Copper Excretion Rate
Hi Carl, thanks for your comment and sharing your experience. Often alcoholics have poor diets, generally eating little. Did you start eating more high cholesterol or high sugar foods after quitting alcohol? Both can cause problems to your cholesterol and general blood panel. It is one explanation at least. Watch your diet, eat more fruits and veggies, and aim to get regular exercise everyday.
Posted on 2014-03-10 14:48:13
Name:Joan Doane
Location:Overland Park, KS.
Subject:Unbound copper!
I recently had a hair analysis and found out that I have unbound copper. I am at toxic levels and my BP is 170 / 102 sometimes higher. I also have a itchy rash on my chest. Could I be detoxing from copper? How do I get rid of the copper? Thanks.
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References

    • USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 20-26.