This occurs because most people have a copper imbalance.  It usually includes having excess biounavailable and unusable copper in the body.  This must be removed as soon as possible. 


Some practitioners make the error of aiming an entire nutritional balancing program at removing copper. 

It does not work nearly as well, and it is not as safe.   In almost all cases, a nutritional balancing program should aim to balance ALL of the body chemistry at once.  When this is done, copper generally comes out in its own time in a gentle way, often with few symptoms.  


Candida albicans
Another possible symptom has to do with yeast or candida buildup in the body.  This is associated with copper toxicity in many cases.  As the copper is removed, usually the candida problem just goes away on its own without any other therapy. 

If a lot of copper is eliminated quickly, it could cause a shift in candida symptoms, such as more gas and bloating, some brain fog or other physical or emotional symptoms associated with candida or other yeast infections.

 Copper and vitamin C are direct antagonists.  This means that they oppose each other in the body.  This is one reason many people feel better taking a lot of vitamin C. Copper tends to oxidize and destroy vitamin C in the body.  Meanwhile, vitamin C chelates or removes copper from the body.  This requires a dose of vitamin C of at least about 500 mg daily, far higher than the minimum daily requirement of about 60 mg.  Many readers know that vitamin C is critical for connective tissues.  One of the prominent symptoms of scurvy, or vitamin C deficiency, is bleeding, such as bleeding gums.  This is due to connective tissue weakness.
Thus, a copper excess can easily lead to a deficiency of vitamin C in the body and with it many symptoms of vitamin C deficiency.  Oddly, however, a copper deficiency also causes connective tissue problems, especially in the heart and cardiovascular system where it is associated with a tendency for aneurisms and atherosclerosi

Emotional and mental symptoms
In some cases, emotional and mental changes are prominent because copper has to do with neurotransmitter secretion and is involved in the biochemical pathways that produce chemicals called the biogenic amines in the body.  These include dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine.
Temporary symptoms can include fatigue, exhaustion, irritability, nervousness, mind racing, anxiety, brain fog, spaciness, mood swings, depression, weepiness and/or emotional sensitivity.  Very rarely, a copper elimination could cause a panic attack, although I have seen this very few times.
            These symptoms are temporary, but can be annoying and they cause some people to discontinue their nutritional balancing program when, in fact, it is working perfectly well.  The rest of this article may help to explain the symptoms better and offer some ways to reduce their severity.

Certain methods of lowering copper cause these symptoms more than others. 

Zinc, vitamin C and manganese tend to cause more symptoms, perhaps because zinc and manganese replace copper in the liver.  

Sulfur compounds such as Russian black radish tend not to produce copper elimination effects.

To minimize these temporary elimination symptoms.  Enemas, sweating, and drinking more water can help promote copper elimination.  

Reduce the nutrition program for a few days may also help slow the reactions and reduce symptoms if they are severe.  

Supplements of molybdenum, bile acids,
 laxative herbs and vitamin B6 may also 
mitigate elimination symptoms.  


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Much more on this topic is contained in an article entitled Copper Elimination Symptoms.  

An excellent copper toxicity case history is available by clicking

“Deficiency of zinc accentuates copper excess.”11

Controlling Copper

Copper is an essential trace mineral, but it is needed only in minute amounts.

It works in a paired relationship with zinc, sometimes in complement and sometimes opposing.

Zinc is responsible for healthy immune function, protein and energy production, and enzymatic activity. It is also responsible for helping glucose metabolism convert sugars into ATP (adenosine-tri-phosphate). Without enough zinc, excessive glucose is stored in cells and can become food for yeast. 

Copper is present in most foods, and is also absorbed from the environment.4,5 When zinc is present in abundance, and when there is enough quality protein available to bind it,6 copper can be handled freely, and the excess can be readily excreted trough the bile.7,8

When the diet is lacking in zinc and protein, however—and in fats to promote bile production —use of high-copper foods, and environmental copper, primarily ingested through our water, promote buildup of copper in our tissues.9

The Bile Connection

By reducing copper foods, you allowing copper elimination. By zinc supplementation, I was mobilizing copper elimination. I reasoned that my gall bladder function had shut down from years of nearly fat-free eating.

Healing Foods

Fish is neutral from the copper-zinc viewpoint as well, as it does not contain great amounts of either copper or zinc.
While fish is valuable for its rich nutritional profile, especially essential fatty acids, and is especially digestible for those first adding more protein to their diet,96 it is important to begin using small amounts of land-based proteins as one becomes able to do so. 
It is in part the mildly warming nature of chicken that makes it so good for digestion. Although eggs contain only .7 mg zinc per egg, their ratio of 7 to 1 zinc to copper is nearly ideal,97 and properly raised eggs are rich in many accessory nutrients needed to aid detoxification. 

And red meats are among the most warming foods, with mutton and pork being especially recommended for the spleen.98 These land-based proteins are our richest and best-assimilated sources of zinc. 
Dark meat poultry and red meat contain the most fat in this group, and also significantly more zinc.99

Restoring Fat Metabolism

We know that vitamins A and D in animal fats are essential for the absorption of minerals.100
Improve fat digestion to begin to eliminate copper, and embrace the full range of healthy natural fats, especially fats that will provide the all-important fat-soluble activators.chronic-fatigue/


What to eat with Copper Toxicity

  1. Eating more animal products
Animal products are the most concentrated source of zinc. In particular, we should eat more:
  • Beef,
  • Lamb,
  • Chicken,
  • Eggs, 
  1. Eating more fat
Adding more fat into your diet will help with bile production and enable a clearer pathway for the excess copper to be excreted. Make sure that you are eating good quality fat, none of these chemically manufactured seed oils – that will just make your condition worse!
  1. Avoiding dairy products
So dairy doesn’t actually add copper to your body, but it does contribute to depleting your zinc levels and throwing your copper-zinc ratio further out of whack. It is especially detrimental to copper toxicity when dairy is eaten with foods high in phytates (rice and grain-based foods such as wheat bran, rice bran, whole wheat, corn, rye, oats and brown rice) as it dramatically decreases our body’s ability to absorb zinc.
  1. Foods that deplete zinc & increase copper
These foods include:
  • Chocolate,
  • Coffee,
  • Sugar,
  • Wheat,
  • Avocados,
  • Leafy greens,
  • Sunflower seeds,
  • Sesame seeds
  • Beef liver.
  • Garlic
  • Onion is an excellent website for analysing which foods have high levels of copper or a less than optimal zinc-copper ratio.

  • vitamin B12, folate b9, B6 and riboflavin B2 to support methylation.


Tomatoes1 cup32.49.002011.1excellent
Romaine Lettuce2 cups16.05.641314.1excellent
Cucumber1 cup15.65.201213.3excellent
Celery1 cup16.25.051112.5excellent

Eggs1 each77.58.50194.4very good
Carrots1 cup50.06.10144.9very good
Bell Peppers1 cup28.54.60106.5very good
Fennel1 cup27.04.35106.5very good
Yogurt1 cup149.411.27253.0good

Walnuts0.25 cup196.28.85201.8good
Green Peas1 cup115.76.89152.4good
Almonds0.25 cup132.26.78152.1good






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