Supplement Forms / Alternate Names :
- Copper Complexes of Various Amino Acids
- Copper Gluconate
- Copper Picolinate
- Copper Sulfate
Principal Proposed Uses
- To Balance High Zinc Intake
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
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.
For the various therapeutic uses described in the next section, copper is often recommended at a high (but still safe) dose of 1 to 3 mg (1,000 to 3,000 mcg) daily.
The following daily doses of copper should not be exceeded:
- Children 1 to 3 years, 1,000 mcg 4 to 8 years, 3,000 mcg 9 to 13 years, 5,000 mcg
- Males and females 14 to 18 years, 8,000 mcg 19 years and older, 10,000 mcg
- Pregnant or nursing women, 10,000 mcg (8,000 mcg if 18 years old or younger)
Maximum safe dosages of copper for individuals with severe liver or kidney disease have not been determined.
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- Reviewer: EBSCO CAM Review Board
- Review Date: 07/2012 -
- Update Date: 07/25/2012 -