Copper: Quick Start Guide and FAQ

This guide is based on the book, : “The Copper Revolution: Healing with Minerals”

This guide also contains the most important wisdom gained from the Copper Revolution Facebook Group:

For people with severe brain fog, just read and follow this first paragraph to start: Start with 5 mg of copper. But break it up into three doses to avoid nausea, and take it with milk or other foods. Take 1000 mg vitamin c in the afternoon. Take 10 mg zinc at night. Take 10-20 mg more zinc, as needed, if you have any allergies, like runny nose, sneezing, or rash. Do not worry about any other supplements the first month. Very quickly, reading will be a lot easier.

If you know you are mercury toxic, then add 200 to 400 mcg selenium.

This guide explains the cofactors you need to take copper more effectively: Vitamin C, zinc, molybdenum, Niacin, and B vitamins. It also explains other key minerals like iodine, boron, silica, MSM sulfur that you can graduate to later, after a few months of detox on copper, for increased healing and benefits. After reading the guide, come back and slowly work your way through the underlined links.

Chapter 1 of the book, “The Copper Revolution”, copper’s effects: a summary of 199 positive effects.

The first third of the book, “The Copper Revolution” is free, with video and text, click here.

Common Question: Should I get myself tested for copper? No. The tests do not work, and we even know why. Copper in the blood goes up during pregnancy, inflammation, heart disease, and in a wide array of copper deficiency diseases.

There is no copper toxicity. Everyone is copper deficient.

Even the government says there is no reliable way to test for copper in the body: “no biomarkers that accurately and reliably assess copper status have been identified [2].” The Source is the NIH factsheet on copper for professionals.

Most people at “The Copper Revolution” forum (join us!) report more energy, better sleep, and increased mental clarity and insights from taking copper within the first week. Also, people report more vivid dreams, curing anemia, and more power in the gym. Longer term, nerves heal, joints heal, improves insulin sensitivity, reduces food sensitivities, reduces allergies and histamine and MCAS, and many other things.

The minimum effective starting dose of copper appears to be 5 mg total copper per day. Why? Because you not only have to detox incoming toxins, but the entire body’s old stored toxins, too.

If copper is not working for you, it might be blocked by other things you are taking, or drugs, or you might need help absorbing copper.

Before posting in the forum, please read this guide, it likely covers your question. If you want advice on your situation, please list everything you are taking, and how much, so we don’t have to ask this basic question. List all your vitamins, minerals, and/or prescriptions and your major symptoms. Many times, symptoms are a guide to us to help others recognize which minerals you need most.

What to watch for, when taking copper:

–Copper helps retain more magnesium and salt, which is very hydrating. You may need less of each on copper. Copper, zinc, and Vitamin C build collagen, which also helps hydrate the skin and body, which also helps adrenal fatigue.

–Above 10 mg/copper per day, consider trying to wean off of toxic medications. The whole point of detoxing and healing is to avoid toxins, and if you are well, you don’t need toxic medicine. Listen to your body and your intuition.

–Avoid margarine, hydrogenated fats, trans fats, because copper helps transform fats in your diet into the myelin sheath in your nerves, and those bad fats cause brain degeneration.

–Nausea! About half the people who take copper at 3 mg get nausea. Taking copper with milk greatly reduces nausea. Vegan milks work. Or try with calcium, or zinc, or food.

Oddly, those who have the hardest time taking copper, seem to need it the most.

–Bleeding / Headaches! You may need 500-3000 mg Vitamin C (ascorbic acid, not whole food C), and zinc with copper to prevent bleeding and or headaches. See also the guide on How to stop and prevent bleeding. Vitamin C works for headaches in minutes. Iodine induces a bromine headache. For that, salt water works.

–Kidney pain! For about 2 in 700 people, if you increase iodine, boron, and copper too quickly, all of which detox fluoride, you can overwhelm your kidneys with fluoride, causing kidney pain. You can help detox your kidneys with a tiny bit of baking soda in lots of water, or with green smoothies. A 1/8th of a teaspoon of baking soda per glass of water, several per day, until kidney pain is gone. This should work in about 1-2 hours.

–Neck/Hand Rash. After a month or two on high copper, if a neck rash develops, that might be a Niacin deficiency. Niacin blocks copper, and in theory, high copper without taking any Niacin could result in a Niacin deficiency, which leads to pellagra, a rash around the neck or hands.

What brand of copper?

Copper Sulfate is Safe! And safe at 20 mg.

Liver can contain from 0 to 64 mg of copper per pound. It is unreliable. Animals are often copper deficient.

Typical copper supplements such as copper glycinate, bisglycinate or copper chelate work. But they cost about $60/month at 60 mg/day. They are perfectly fine to use, they all work. Just expensive.

Copper Sulfate Pentahydrate is far cheaper, at 4-11 cents a month.

I recommend Copper Sulfate Pentahydrate at 99% or 99.9% purity, which contains about 25% copper by weight. The rest is sulfur and water (penta= 5, hydrate = water).

Brands can change and can sell out, and not every product brand is available in every country. You want the pure elements: Copper Sulfate Pentahydrate (blue crystals); they dissolve easily in water. Buy 99% pure crystals. 99% is, by definition, pharmaceutical grade and food grade, but it will not say that. Look for 99% or 99.9% purity.

Where to buy it? Anywhere copper sulfate is sold, such as hardware stores, or Walmart. I bought mine at amazon. A one-pound bag of blue copper sulfate should last 20 years, and costs $6. A ten-pound bag is about $30.

How to make it: Add 5/8ths of a teaspoon (4.7 grams) of the blue copper sulfate crystals into a 2 oz. dropper bottle with boiled distilled water, makes a blue liquid at a concentration of 1 mg/copper per drop, containing 1182 mg of copper per bottle, which is 1182 servings that could last 3 years!

Why do we add 4.7 grams of copper sulfate to get 1182 mg of copper? Nobody counts mg of copper sulfate. We count mg of copper. 99% pure copper sulfate contains 25.2% copper. 4700 mg of “copper sulfate” x 25.2% “contained copper” = 1184 mg copper.

The blue liquid is 1 mg per drop of contained copper. A full dropper is about 20 drops, containing about 20 mg of copper. A full bottle is 1182 drops or 1182 mg of copper. We use a full bottle up in about 12-15 days as we take about 30 mg orally, and 70 mg topically most days.

If your water is not distilled, or cold, it may take longer to dissolve the copper, or sediment may appear.

We put the drops into our coffee, milk, juice, and apply to our skin.

Copper sulfate tastes horrible, super bitter. Some people think it tastes sweet. It is acidic and can corrode your teeth. Dilute it by putting it into drinks.

Or, you can buy a 2 oz. bottle of liquid copper sulfate at 1 mg contained copper per drop for $15 here:

Half of the time, people get sick at 3-4 mg in a single dose. This is why you want to make your own liquid supplement, so you can apply more to the skin to bypass digestive upset.

Why take so much copper? Why are we copper deficient? Fluoride, iron, chemical chelation, cholesterol and sugar each block copper. Most good vitamins and minerals block copper. Most prescription drugs block copper. The soils, animals, and vegetables are copper deficient.

People get a tenth of the copper they got about 100 years ago, only 0.6 mg rather than 5 mg or more. People no longer eat liver regularly. Rat studies show that after 3 generations of copper deficiency, rats have a reduced ability to utilize copper, so they need more to recover. Copper is poorly absorbed in the GI tract, as people only absorb 0.5 mg if they consume one mg, and only absorb one mg if they consume 10 mg.

What else do I have to take to avoid inducing deficiencies by taking copper?

At 30 mg of copper in drinks and 70 mg topically, I believe it is prudent to take 1000-3000 mg of Vitamin C a day. Otherwise, I get tiny bleeds on my skin. However, taking 1500 mg of Vitamin C, in people who normally get only 0.6 mg copper, lowers ceruloplasmin, an important copper transport protein. Taking up to 3000 mg Vitamin C is ok.

At 30 mg of copper in drinks and 70 mg topically, I believe it is prudent to take at least 25 to 100 mg of zinc. Otherwise, I tend to get too low in zinc, and I get a bit of dry skin, (blue fingers from topical copper) insomnia, allergies, low libido and other indications of low zinc. But also, too much zinc can lower copper. Severe copper deficiency can be induced by zinc supplements in just a few months at 50 mg zinc or lower if no copper is taken. If 2 mg of copper is taken, even 100 mg of zinc can induce copper deficiency. Copper deficiency is also reported at the 15-18 to 1 ratio of zinc to copper. Oysters cause copper deficiency. For more on how to tell if you are high or low in zinc:

Rashes, allergies, and histamine are from toxins, and/or low zinc and low copper. Zinc, like copper, also detoxes things. But which toxins? A common toxin is excess Vitamin A (retinol and beta carotene). Most people are unaware of this connection. Zinc also helps make retinol-binding protein, which is extra good for fixing Vitamin A toxicity. Try both low Vitamin A foods (such as beef, rice and beans), and zinc & copper & Vitamin C, to get rid of allergies, and rashes.

At 30 mg of copper in drinks and 70 mg topically, it may be prudent to take up to 1 mg of molybdenum, which could be lowered by copper.

I take more vitamins and minerals than that brief list, but these are the most essential companions to copper: Vitamin C, Zinc, Niacin, Molybdenum.

Another list would be the nutrients needed to help absorb copper: calcium, potassium, meat, and citrus. Even zinc at 13 mg helps absorb copper at 1.3 mg.

A third list is all the things that can block copper:

I keep an updated list of all the vitamins and minerals I’m actually taking, such as selenium, iodine, boron, MSM Sulfur, etc.

We also experiment frequently, so this list is subject to frequent change. As we learn better, we try to do better.

Here are some suggested protocol stages on how to increase from this quick start guide to our own protocol.

Another common question: What kind of iodine? Lugol’s formula, which we make. You can, too. We do not sell it.

What is our philosophy behind the Copper Revolution?


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