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Copper

Common Name(s)

copper

Scientific Name(s)

Copper

  • How is this product usually used?

      Copper is available as chewable tablets, caplets, capsules, strips, powders, or liquids. It is a mineral that is taken orallyorallyto be taken by mouth (swallowed). In general, the recommended daily dietary allowances (amounts recommended in food) are:

      Children

      • 1 to 3 years: 340 µg/day
      • 4 to 8 years: 440 µg/day

      Adolescents

      • 9 to 13 years: 700 µg/day
      • 14 to 18 years: 890 µg/day

      Adults

      • ≥ 19 years: 900 µg/day

      Pregnancy

      • 14 to 50 years: 1,000 µg/day

      Breast-feeding

      • 14 to 50 years: 1,300 µg/day

      Your health care provider may have recommended using this product in other ways. Contact a health care provider if you have questions.

  • What is this product used for?

      Copper has been used for:

      • helping to make and repair connective tissue
      • making red blood cells (preventing anemia due to copper deficiency)
      • preventing copper deficiency

      People have also used copper for osteoporosis.

      Research suggests that copper may be effective for treating copper deficiency, making red blood cells, and making and repairing connective tissue.

      There is some research evidence to show that a copper combination product (that also contains zinc, calcium and manganese) might slow bone loss in post menopausal women; however, more reliable research is needed to confirm this.

      Your health care provider may have recommended this product for other conditions. Contact a health care provider if you have questions.

  • What else should I be aware of?

      Side effects of copper may include: stomach ache, cramps, nausea, and vomiting. Copper poisoning is rare and it may cause severe side effects including bloody diarrhea, low blood pressure, low numbers of blood cells, high amount of nitrogen waste in the body, circulatory collapse (sudden failure of the blood pumping system), sporadic fevers, and jaundice.

      Copper can interact with some medications. It decreases the absorption of penicillamine. You should separate dose times of copper and penicillamine by at least 2 hours. Consult your health care provider if you have any questions.

      Copper supplements made from copper HAP or HVP chelate should only be used by adults.

      You should avoid copper if you are allergic to copper.

      You should not take copper if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Consult your health care provider if you have any questions.

      Before taking any new medications, including natural health products, speak to your physician, pharmacist, or other health care provider. Tell your health care provider about any natural health products you may be taking.

  • Source(s)
      1. Health Canada. Drugs & Health Products. Monograph - Copper. www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/prodnatur/applications/licen-prod/monograph/mono_copper-cuivre-eng.php, accessed 13 April 2011
      2. Micromedex Healthcare Series. Copper. www.thomsonhc.com/hcs/librarian/ND_T/HCS/ND_PR/...ntentSetId/38/SearchTerm/copper/SearchOption/BeginWith (1 of 2)4/01/11 5:14:26 PM, accessed 01 April 2011
      3. Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. Copper. www.naturaldatabase.therapeuticresearch.com.proxy.lib.uwaterloo.ca/nd/PrintVersion.aspx?id=902 (1 of 5)4/01/11 4:59:26 PM, accessed 01 April 2011
      4. Natural Standard- the Authority on Integrative Medicine. Copper. www.naturalstandard.com.proxy.lib.uwaterloo.ca/databases/herbssupplements/copper.asp (1 of 35)4/01/11 4:52:02 PM, accessed 01 April 2011

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