Copper is essential for the functioning of our bodies. It is required for over 30 different chemical reactions including our antioxidant defense system. Copper deficiency is now seen to be more common than previously thought. 

Copper is known as an essential trace element.  The “trace” part means that we only need a small amount, but it is vital. 

Copper deficiency can affect our hair, skin, nervous system, muscles, bones, collagen, cardiovascular system, blood, and immune system. That little bit of copper goes a long way. So let’s see why it is so important and what copper deficiency can cause.

Copper deficiency infographic 

Infographic about the importance of copper and copper deficiency from

Don’t guess – TEST

If you are curious about your copper levels, a good place to start is using to monitor your food and supplement intake. If that shows that you don’t ingest much copper and possibly also have a high zinc intake (including supplements), and you fit into one of the categories shown in the infographic as someone who might be deficient, it may be worth checking your levels with a health practitioner.

I can’t stress enough the importance of getting testing. While high and low copper levels can look similar, you could make the matter worse if you think you are low and add a separate supplement when all the time your levels were high. Also, in some people, they have copper which is not bioavailable so interpretation of testing results is complex. 

Sign up at the top right-hand side of this page to receive my blog posts twice a week by email. That way you won’t miss next week’s post about how much copper we need and some food sources of copper. 

Print Friendly, PDF & Email