Copper

Your first thought about copper may not involve your health, but this nutrient is worth so much more than a penny!

hair, skin
& nails

immunity

energy

Why You'll Love Copper

The “Cent”sible Mineral

Copper has been shown to be an essential nutrient in maintaining healthy hair, skin, and nails. It plays a vital role in the formation of collagen, a key component of healthy bones and connective tissue.

Our copper supplement

Form

Pill form

Copper citrate

Capsule

GMO
free

Gluten
free

Lactose
free

No artificial
colors

Vegan
options

Where to find it

Fish and shellfish:

oysters, crab, and salmon

Organ meats:

beef and liver

Vegetables:

asparagus, mushrooms,
tomatoes, and spinach

Nuts and seeds:

cashews, sunflower seeds, and
hazelnuts

Fruits:

apples, avocados, and figs

Drinking water:

levels vary depending on the
area and water source

Recommended intake

900-1300 mcg

Adequate Intake (AI),

depending on your age, gender,
and pregnancy/lactation status

Key functions

Maintaining energy balance*

Immune function*

Bone health*

Metabolism*

Brain function*

Iron production and metabolism*

Wound healing*

Signs of deficiency

Anemia

High cholesterol

Osteoporosis

Poor immune function

Weakness

Fatigue

Poor memory

Vision loss

Often abbreviated Cu, this trace metal is essential for our bodies, but not everyone is able to get this mineral from food alone.

We know that getting at least 10 mg of copper per day is important, but not everyone is able to get this mineral from food alone.

In fact, it’s likely that 25% of those following a typical western diet aren’t consuming enough. Source: Klevay, L. M. (2011). Is the Western diet adequate in copper? Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology, 25(4), 204–212.

Those with Celiac disease and Menkes disease are even more likely to be deficient. Taking excessive zinc supplements can aggravate copper deficiency as well.

In fact, it’s likely that 25% of those following a typical western diet aren’t consuming enough. Those with Celiac disease and Menkes disease are even more likely to be deficient. Taking excessive zinc supplements can aggravate copper deficiency as well.

Low copper intake, whether through food and/or supplementation, is associated with anemia, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, and poor immune function. Some studies have shown that low intake may also increase the risk for Cardiovascular and Alzheimer’s disease. Those who have suboptimal blood nutrient levels may experience weakness, fatigue, poor memory, and vision loss.

At high concentrations, copper can be inherently toxic, although this is rare in the general population. This substantiates the idea that both too little and too much of a good thing can be dangerous.

Where to find it

Fish and shellfish:

oysters, crab, and salmon

Organ meats:

beef and liver

Vegetables:

asparagus, mushrooms,
tomatoes, and spinach

Nuts and seeds:

cashews, sunflower seeds, and
hazelnuts

Fruits:

apples, avocados, and figs

Drinking water:

levels vary depending on the
area and water source

Recommended intake

900-1300 mcg

Adequate Intake (AI),

depending on your age, gender,
and pregnancy/lactation status

Key functions

Maintaining energy balance*

Immune function*

Bone health*

Metabolism*

Brain function*

Iron production and metabolism*

Wound healing*

Signs of deficiency

Anemia

High cholesterol

Osteoporosis

Poor immune function

Weakness

Fatigue

Poor memory

Vision loss

At high concentrations, copper can be inherently toxic, although this is rare in the general population. This substantiates the idea that both too little and too much of a good thing can be dangerous.

Our copper

The kind of copper supplement matters in order to get the most benefit.

Our copper supplements are available as copper citrate, a more gut-friendly form of the metal.

References

This fact sheet by Baze is for information purposes only and should not take the place of medical advice. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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