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Copper Deficiency


Copper and iron work together to keep the body healthy. When the body does not have the needed amounts of copper, it may become anemic because it cannot properly absorb iron. Copper helps move oxygen throughout the body. It also plays a part in breaking down essential fatty acids. Copper must be obtained through diet or supplements since the body does not provide it on its own.


  • A congenital defect in which the ductus arteriosus (fetal blood vessel) does not close correctly after birth is known as patent ductus arteriosus. This can result in blood flow between the pulmonary artery. From there it can go to the lungs and the pulmonary artery which goes to the lungs, and the aorta. This brings richly oxygenated blood to the rest of the heart. The Developmental Pharmacology and Therapy reported that in one of their laboratory experiments the ductus arteriosus stayed open in 100 percent of offspring in rats that were copper deficient. However, rats that were not copper deficient had this occur in 20 percent of the offspring.
  • Many people think that copper deficiencies are a direct correlation to living in and eating foods that are grown in, areas where copper has been stripped from the soil. In 1984, Leslie M Klevay, then Supervisory Research Medical Officer and Research Leader at the U.S. Agricultural Research Service's Trace Elements and Cardiovascular Health Laboratory in Grand Forks, North Dakota, indicated that about one-third of 849 people studied had ingested less than 1 milligram per day of copper.
Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Importance: Moderate
Comments: Reinstates copper in the body. Copper amino acid chelate is recommended.

Importance: Moderate
Comments: Balances copper. Zinc chelate form is recommended.

Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

No Herbs Listed.

  • Eat copper rich foods like black pepper, cocoa, nuts, seafood, raisins, avocados, whole grains, oats, molasses, egg yolks, and cauliflower.
  • Have a hair analysis performed.