How does Copper work?

Copper is necessary for producing and storing iron.

Are there safety concerns?

Copper is safe when it is used to treat a copper deficiency. It is UNSAFE when used in large amounts. Symptoms of copper overdose include nausea, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, fever, stomach pain, low blood pressure, anemia, and heart problems.

Adults should consume no more than 10 mg of copper per day. Kidney failure and death can occur with as little as 1 gram of copper sulfate.

Pregnant or breast-feeding women should consume no more than 8 mg per day if they are 14 to 18 years old, and no more than 10 mg per day if they are 19 or older. Higher amounts can be dangerous.

Do not use copper if:
  • You have Wilson's disease.

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