Symptoms of Low Copper:
- Not enough oxygen in the cells.
- Lowered levels of HDL cholesterol.
- Skin problems.
- Swollen ankles.
- Low copper causes the cells to suffocate and lack oxygen.
- Low copper levels linked to low enkephalins produced in the brain.
Psychological Symptoms of Low Copper:
- Auditory hallucinations.
- Binge eaters have been found to have lower levels.
Causes of Low Copper:
- Eating refined flour.
- Alkaline medium inhibits copper.
- Copper deficiency occurs as a result of the administration of total parenteral nutrition ( Nutritional intravenous feeding).
- Excess accumulates in liver, kidneys and brain.
- Phytates hinder absorption.
- High levels of zinc, iron, calcium and manganese interfere with copper absorption.
The medical conditions that causes low copper:
Conditions are rare, but common in infants who are premature. Menkes' syndrome is a hereditary disorder causing copper deficiency.
Symptoms: kinky hair, mental retardation, and low copper level in the blood and a failure to synthesize the enzymes that require copper.
High copper levels can be toxic. Physical Signs and Symptoms of High Copper:
- Increased heart rate.
- Copper deposits in the brain and liver causing damage.
- Damage to the kidneys.
- Lowered urine production.
- Hair loss in women.
- High copper interferes with zinc, which is needed to manufacture digestive enzymes. Many high copper people dislike protein and are drawn to high-carbohydrate diets because they have difficulty digesting protein foods.
- Excessive copper in children is associated with hyperactive behavior, learning disorders such as dyslexia, ADD and problems such as ear infections.
Psychological Signs and Symptoms of High Copper:
- Autism type symptoms.
- Personality changes.
- Schizophrenic type symptoms.
- Misperception of the senses, time, body, self and others.
- Produces hypomanic states.
- Detachment from reality
Causes of High Copper:
- Excess oestrogen in the meat supply (oestrogen used as a growth hormone in the meat industry was discontinued in the 80's and replaced with testosterone, etc.)
- Birth control pill.
- Use of prescription medications containing copper.
- Too much copper in drinking water.
- Zinc and manganese deficiency raises copper levels.
- Copper lowers the histamine levels.