Natural Remedies

What are the benefits of copper?

Copper is a very important trace mineral (minerals that are needed in small amounts) that has to do with normal functioning of your brain and nervous system. It is also important for other functions and parts of your body.

Copper is good in the right amounts. You don’t want to have too much of it, as it has some toxic effects on you. You should know that when you increase copper, you severely decrease zinc, and you can create an imbalance. Estrogen also would increase copper in the body, and copper itself can stop the liver from removing excess amounts of estrogen.


  • Has powerful effects on brain function

  • Involved in making neurotransmitters

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Antimicrobial

  • Supports the Immune system

  • Helps with vitiligo (for it, use copper cream directly on the skin)

  • Important for collagen

  • Supports melanin

  • Can immobilize sperm

  • Can decrease iron

  • Can increase estrogen

  • Impacts the vaginal microbiome (the bacteria that regulate estrogen)

Copper deficiency symptoms

The following are copper deficiency symptoms. What you should know is that if you consume too much zinc, you can deplete your copper reserve. Zinc and copper work together. So anytime you take one of these minerals, you need to take the other one as well. What you really may want to do is to take a blend of all trace minerals because in supplementing one mineral or another you never know what else you might throw out of balance. (You can take Dr. Berg’s Trace Mineral Complex).

  • Anemia

  • Gray hair

  • Loss of bone

  • Low white blood cells

  • Decreased thyroid function

  • Loss of collagen

  • Hair loss

  • Neurodegeneration

  • Swayback

  • Symptoms similar to those for low B12

  • Muscle weakness

  • Peripheral neuropathy

  • Loss of vision

Copper toxicity symptoms

If you have too much copper in your body this can cause a lot of discomfort. As an advice, if you have too much copper you can avoid things that contain it. Or you may also want to take zinc to help with the ratios (they balance each other out).

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • No focus

  • Overworked adrenals

  • Fatigue

  • Insomnia

  • Low blood pressure

  • Vomiting

  • Hyperactivity

  • ADHD

  • Autism

  • Skin sensitivity

  • Inhibited learning

  • White spots on the nails

  • Anger or irritability

  • Ringing in the ears

  • Sensitivity to shellfish

  • Low vitamin C

  • Low zinc

What causes copper toxicity?

If you have too much copper in your body this can cause a lot of discomfort. Let’s look at the common causes:

  • Cookware

  • Birth control pills

  • Supplements

  • Low stomach acid

  • Zinc deficiency

  • Dark chocolate

  • Mushrooms

  • Shellfish

  • Nuts

  • Sesame seeds

  • Gallbladder problems (missing or congested)

  • Liver damage

  • Phytates

  • High estrogen

  • Copper IUD

Where to get it

  • Oysters and other types of shellfish

  • Beef liver (organ meats)

  • Mushrooms (shiitake mushrooms)

  • Chocolate (without sugar)

  • Almonds

  • Pecans

  • Greens

Last updated: Jun 20, 2023 14:14 PM