Copper toxicity in the body will alter other mineral patterns, while reducing the body’s ability to detox heavy metals. Copper toxicity levels result in a wide variety of altered biological functions and health challenges. Copper is a cofactor in the synthesis of norepinephrine, which is a neurotransmitter associated with several mental illnesses.
Copper toxicity tends to lower dopamine levels and increase norepinephrine in the brain.
Why Is Balanced Copper Needed In The Body?
- Copper is needed in the body and has important biological functions.
- But too much copper that is unbound becomes toxic and can result in the inability to produce energy, depletion of key minerals, the depletion of adequate adrenal, challenge immune system and decrease thryoid function.
- Imbalances of these neurotransmitters have been associated with paranoid schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, ADHD, autism and violent behaviors.
- Most people with elevated copper exhibit low zinc and excessive oxidative stress.
- Many people diagnosed with mental illness have an inborn tendency for elevated copper levels and this predisposes them to psychiatric disorders.
- Nutrient therapies to normalize copper levels is effective in balancing dopamine and norepinephrine levels for these persons.
About Copper Toxicity
- Copper toxicity occurs when high levels of copper are stored in various body tissues but have not yet been released to show up in the hair.
- Someone with copper toxicity will have high copper showing up in the test.
- A Vitamin C deficiency is very common as the copper level goes too high. This deficiency impairs serotonin production which then leads to insomnia.
Health Issues Related to Copper Toxicity
Below are the common health issues, physical symptoms and diagnoses that are often related to copper toxicity.
- Aching muscles or muscle cramps
- Acne including cystic acne
- ADD or ADHD
- Adverse reaction to vitamins & minerals
- Anger or rage
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Bipolar Disorder
- Birth Control Use – IUD at any age
- Birth Control Use – Pill Use at any age
- Calcium bone spurs
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Chocolate cravings
- Cold hands, and/or feet
- Despair, suicidal feelings, hopelessness
- Dry skin
- Eating disorders: anorexia, bulimia, overeating
- Fatigue and exhaustion
- Gum disease
- Gut dysbiosis
- Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
- Headaches – including migraines
- Heart disease
- Heart palpitations
- Hormone Replacement Therapy
- Hypothyroid (slow thyroid function)
- Hyperthyroid (fast thryoid function)
- Infertility or difficulty conceiving
- Insomnia, interrupted sleep
- Low blood pressure
- Lyme Disease
- Mind is in a fog, brain fog
- Mind races
- Mood swings
- Obsessive thoughts
- OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
- PANDAS / PANS
- Panic attacks, free floating anxiety
- PMS – Premenstrual Syndrome including menstrual cramps
- Postpartum depression
- Problems with concentration and memory
- Racing heart, pounding heart
- Short attention span or “spaciness”
- Skin rashes
- Super sensitiveness, weeping
- Thyroid problems
- Tooth decay
- Yeast infection – candida
- Violent behavior
An Introduction To Copper Toxicity
Copper Toxicity Syndrome