Found in many enzymes and is essential for healthy blood cells and bones. Anaemia and skeletal defects, raised blood cholesterol and lowered fertility are among the symptoms of deficiency.
Liver, kidney, nuts, shellfish, legumes, stone fruits, yeast, cocoa, wholemeal cereal, water.
Supplements are rarely needed, as copper is found in many foods.
Infants 0.2-0.3 mg
Children 0.4-0.7 mg
Women 0.8-1.2 mg
Lactating mothers 1.1-1.5 mg
Men 0.8-1.2 mg
Dosages advised are deliberately on the safe side and may not be high enough to give benefit, but it is recommended that higher dosages should only be taken under the care of a practitioner experienced in nutritional medicine.
* for explanation, please see Introduction to Nutritional Supplements