As with other trace elements, excess amounts of copper can be detrimental to the body. Copper is commonly found in beer, copper, plumbing, insecticides, industrial wastes and cookware. During an illness, the body releases copper from it stores to promote healing and this should not be mistaken for copper toxicity. Another element, zinc, plays an important role in the regulation of copper, such that a zinc deficiency coupled with a high copper intake can result in copper toxicity.
Symptoms: diarrhoea, eczema, haemolytic anaemia, high blood pressure, nausea, kidney disease, stomach pain and damage to the central nervous system. Copper toxicity can also produce behavioural changes and emotional disorders such as clinical depression, autism, hyperactivity, hallucinations, mood swings and insomnia.
Who to consult: Chelation therapist, dietician, GP, herbalist, homoeopath, naturopath, occupational therapist, pharmacist.