December 10, 2018

Copper is required by the body for its metabolic processes. We need to ensure that we are getting our daily requirement of copper through food or supplements as the body cannot make its own copper. Copper is a trace element that is required in minute quantities by the body. For every kilogram of body weight, 1.4 to 2.1mg of copper is needed.

Copper is a co-factor that aids enzymes in carrying out various functions in the body. Enzymes are made up of proteins, and certain enzymes need to bind with copper to become active. If there is not enough copper in the body, the result is a copper deficiency where several enzymes will not be able to perform their functions.

Food sources of copper


Shellfish, organ meat, whole grains, nuts, beans, yeast, and potatoes are good sources of copper. Integrating these foods in our diet regularly should take care of the required amounts of copper in the body.

Copper deficiency


The recommended daily intake of copper is 0.4mg per day in children and 1.2mg per day in adults. If we fall below this recommendation, then over time we will experience a copper deficiency.

Symptoms of copper deficiency include:

  • High cholesterol.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Compromised immune system.
  • Osteoporosis.
  • Anemia.
  • Thyroid problems.


Copper deficiency is a rare condition but can be caused but certain disorders that prevent the body from absorbing copper.

Copper aspartate


Copper deficiency is treated with copper supplements. Copper aspartate is a salt of copper that can be used as a dietary supplement to treat copper deficiency. Aspartate is an amino acid and when combined with minerals like copper can make them more bioavailable and easily absorbed by the body.

Copper sulfate


Copper sulfate is another salt of copper. Copper sulfate appears as a bright blue stone and is also called Bluestone or blue vitriol. This salt of copper cannot be used to treat a copper deficiency. Copper sulfate is used as an antidote in phosphorous poisoning as it acts as an emetic and induces vomiting. Copper sulfate is also used as an antiseptic and antifungal agent but only for topical use. Copper sulfate is not to be ingested without medical supervision as it can be highly toxic.

Copper sulfate is used in labs to check blood for anemia. The salt also has widespread use in animal husbandry and agriculture.

Copper sulfate was one used in home remedies as a cure for warts and treating toothaches, but these uses are not recommended owing to the toxicity of the salt.

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