Copper toxicity is a term that refers to the excess levels of copper in the body. This toxicity is caused by excessive exposure to copper in drinking water, eating acidic foods which are cooked in copper cooking wares that are uncoated, eating foods that have high copper content with low zinc which is vital in balancing copper level and other environmental causes.

People who are suffering from copper toxicity have unsettled mind which makes it hard for them to calm down and relax. This is a stressful condition which stimulates the adrenal glands making the sufferers stuck in overdrive since the nervous system cannot slow down and relax.

Beryllium copper is also harmful even though majority of people have a low level of exposure depending on where they live and what they eat. Inhaling air or drinking water with high levels of beryllium copper can be very harmful and can cause inflammatory conditions in the respiratory system. Some of symptoms associated with beryllium are fatigue, weakness,  anorexia, heart disease and breathing problems just to name a few.

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Major Causes of High Copper Toxicity

  • High level of copper in drinking water.
  • Using medication that contains copper.
  • Birth control pills.
  • High amount of estrogen in meat.
  • Deficiency of Zinc and histamine in the body can raise copper levels.
  • Smoking.

Psychological signs of Copper Toxicity

  • Depression.
  • Paranoia.
  • Hyperactivity.
  • Autism symptoms.
  • Insomnia.
  • Over-stimulation.
  • Psychosis.

Physical symptoms associated with High Copper Toxicity

  • Nausea.
  • Hair loss in women.
  • Kidneys damage.
  • Headache.
  • Copper deposits can damage liver.
  • Increasing the heart rate.
  • High levels of copper interfere with zinc in the body which produces digestive enzymes.
  • Prevents or interfere with urine production.

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Treatment for Copper Toxicity

Treatment of copper toxicity can be approached in three ways as stated below;

  • Diet: To treat this problem with diet, one of the main strategies is to avoid copper-rich foods and instead eat foods rich in zinc. Diet should contain little animal protein and more vegetables. It is also important to avoid refined grains and sugar as much as possible. Some protein in the meal will help to detoxify excess copper in the body. For people suffering from copper toxicity and have been avoiding meat, the best thing to do is to gradually add small amount of fish, meat and poultry into their diet which will stimulate slow but steady elimination of copper.
  • Nutrient Supplements: Nutrient supplements rich in zinc and low in copper can help lower copper levels in the body. Minerals and vitamins antagonistic to copper overloads include manganese, zinc, Vitamins c, B3, B5 and A. The types, amount and combination of these mentioned nutrients are determined by the level copper in the body tissue. Alpha lipoic acid is a sulfur- based supplement which helps in detoxification of copper overload.
  • Stress Management:  Reducing stress levels will help overcome copper toxicity and this will improve adrenal function. A strong adrenal function helps to excrete high amount of copper in the body. Stress affects the adrenal function which inhibits the detoxification of copper overload. Therefore it is important to avoid things that are stressful to you and creatively cope with ones that you can’t avoid.