- What other names is Copper known by?
- What is Copper?
- How does Copper work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Copper.
Copper is used for treating copper deficiency and the anemia it may cause. Having too little copper (copper deficiency) is rare. It sometimes occurs in people who get too much zinc from diet or supplements, have intestinal bypass surgery, or are fed by feeding tubes. Malnourished infants can also have copper deficiency.
Copper is also used for improving wound healing, Alzheimer's disease, and treating arthritis and brittle bones (osteoporosis). It is used for some types of diarrhea, lupus and acne.
There is no evidence that people who eat a normal diet need copper supplements. Not even athletes need extra copper if they have a good diet.
Likely Effective for...
- Copper deficiency. Taking copper by mouth at recommended levels or given intravenously (by IV) by a healthcare provider is effective for treating copper deficiency and anemia caused by copper deficiency.
Possibly Ineffective for...
- Alzheimer's disease. Research suggests that taking copper by mouth daily for 12 months does not improve symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.
- Diarrhea. Young children with severe diarrhea due to a gut infection do not seem to be helped by taking copper.
- Lupus. Taking copper daily, alone or together with fish oil, does not seem to improve symptoms of a type of lupus called system lupus erythematosus.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Acne. Some early research suggests that taking a product containing copper and several other ingredients (NicAzel, Elorac, Inc) might reduce a severe form of acne.
- Dental plaque. Early research suggests that rinsing the mouth with a copper solution decreases plaque.
- Osteoporosis. Some early research shows that taking copper in combination with zinc, manganese, and calcium might slow bone loss in older women.
- Wound healing.
- Other conditions.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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