Skin: Excessive sweating, cold sweats. Copper is the active ingredient in some antiperspirants. Most antiperspirants use aluminum. Copper deficiency can result in intolerance to Low body temperature.
Easily sunburned. Copper is used to make melanin. Before I corrected my copper deficiency, I used to blister from the sun. After taking high copper supplements I did not get a sunburn, and I got the best tan of my life.
Difficulty tanning. Going from no tan at 10 minutes of sun, to getting sunburned at 15 minutes, and never tanning much from sun exposure.
Excessively tired after sun exposure. If the copper is “used up” to make melanin, and if you need copper for energy, then sun exposure while low in copper can make you tired. One of the first things I noticed after taking more copper is that I could get into the tanning booth, and not get tired after my typical 10 minutes in the 20-minute tanning bed.
Excessive white hair, (early greying). Melanin not only helps you to tan, but it is the color in the hair.
Loss of Skin Pigmentation (vitiligo), white spots on the skin. Vitiligo is often said to be caused by “sun damage”. Copper supplements have been used to cure vitiligo. Sun exposure appears to deplete copper.
Excessive wrinkles, and thin skin. (smokers). Smokers use up their Vitamin C. Both Vitamin C and Copper are needed to make collagen to prevent wrinkles. There is no need for expensive collagen supplements or collagen injections when you can just take very cheap copper and Vitamin C supplements.
Connective tissue disorders, from lack of collagen: Heart murmur, erratic heartbeat, abnormal electrocardiogram
Back and neck pains
Worn out cartilage
“Copper deficiency may be a leading cause of ischaemic heart disease”
High cholesterol, high blood pressure, aortic aneurysms, bleeding, internal clotting, poor blood circulation, and up to 80 other indicators of heart disease.
Bones / Marrow / Blood:
Gout–an inflammatory form of arthritis
Lupus (arthritis-like disease / inflammation)
Inflammation (copper is anti-inflammatory)
Easily broken bones
Anemia, low red blood cell counts. Copper is needed to help turn iron into blood cells, in the bone marrow.
Anemia symptoms like Fainting, Tiredness, Mental fog, numbness in fingers and toes, etc.
Bleeding disorders, copper helps proper red blood cell formation for healthy blood clotting.
Excessive bruising (which is bleeding)
Low White blood cell count and increased infections.
Increased bacterial and fungal infections: Neutropenia
“Update on anemia and neutropenia in copper deficiency”
Brain & Nerves:
Symptoms of low copper: nerve-tingling, numbness in fingers or toes, brain fog, various mental disorders, Alzheimer’s, confusion, depression. Copper is needed to make the myelin sheath (that covers the nerves) that allows for faster nerve transmission and better reflexes, and copper also increases neurotransmitters. Other nerve disorders: Peripheral neuropathy, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Kawasaki Disease, and brain cerebral palsy.
In extreme copper deficiency, there is numbness in the nerves and loss of feeling in the hands and/or feet, lesions on the spinal cord, and people lose the ability to walk.
Seizures can be cured with copper.
Depleting copper in mice induces Multiple Sclerosis
Widespread Decreases in Cerebral Copper Are Common to Parkinson’s Disease Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease Dementia
Parkinson’s is a nerve disorder. Copper is great for the nerves. One of the characteristics of Parkinson’s is low dopamine. Copper increases dopamine.
Swayback, curved spine, scoliosis. This appears to be a nerve and bone problem of copper deficiency.
Hormones: Symptoms of low copper, from low DHEA: low testosterone, weakness, difficulty building muscle, muscle pain, delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) from workouts, fibromyalgia pains, low libido.
Low Energy / More Sleep:
Copper deficiency leads to being tired all the time, and excessive napping, brain fog.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Copper is needed for ATP, adrenal support, hormones, and neurotransmitters, all of which boost energy.
Copper Deficiency in Celiac Disease (Gluten intolerance)
Diabetes & Hypertension (high blood pressure):
“A number of disease conditions, including diabetes and hypertension, are associated with low extrahepatic-tissue copper concentrations.”
Cancer. Copper has been extensively studied by giving huge amounts to animals. Copper has no cancer-causing function. Copper may help cure or prevent cancer as copper is an antifungal, and is a detoxifying agent.