The Copper Revolution Quick Start Guide, FAQ, and Companion Nutrients

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

This guide also contains the most important wisdom gained from the practical application of taking copper from the people and feedback from the Copper Revolution Facebook Group:

For people with severe brain fog, just read and follow this first paragraph to start: Start with 5-6 mg of copper. But break it up into three doses to avoid nausea, and take it with milk or other foods: 2 mg copper am, 2 mg copper afternoon, 1 mg early evening. Take 1000 mg vitamin c in the afternoon. Take 10 mg zinc at night. Take more zinc, as needed, if you have any low zinc symptoms: allergies, runny nose, sneezing, rash, or low libido, but probably not over 20 mg zinc. In the beginning, you do not need to take anything other than the copper, zinc, and Vitamin C. If you cannot tolerate zinc or Vitamin C, then just start with copper, and try the others again in about a week.

You can buy Liquid Copper Sulfate or 99% Copper Sulfate crystals for $15 here: We do not sell copper. This store is run by Jonathan Harris. He makes liquid copper sulfate to our specifications of 1 mg copper per drop. His product contains more copper, at a lower price, than anything at amazon. He ships fast. He ships worldwide. Just follow his link above and message him for a shipping quote.

Below, we teach you how to make your own supplement by mixing copper sulfate salt crystals into water for 3 cents a bottle. Such instructions are listed after the warnings below.

If you know you are mercury toxic, then also take 200 to 400 mcg selenium, per day.

This guide explains the cofactors you need when taking copper: Vitamin C, zinc, molybdenum, Niacin, and B vitamins. It also explains other key minerals like potassium, boron, silica, iodine, and MSM sulfur that you can graduate to later, after a few months of detox on copper, for increased healing and benefits. If you had allergies from taking these other supplements before, you will more likely be able to take them after 1-2 months on copper, zinc, and Vitamin C.

To learn what copper does, see 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 and online, 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. Furthermore, blood tests cannot test copper levels in the liver or the bone marrow, that’s why they don’t work.

Most people at “The Copper Revolution” Facebook 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, pain is healed, improved insulin sensitivity, reduced food sensitivities, reduced allergies and histamine and MCAS is relieved, and many other positive benefits.

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, such as: calcium, potassium, citrus, meat, and zinc.

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, and trans fats, because copper helps transform fats in your diet into the fatty myelin sheath around 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. We believe the nausea is from fluoride detox.

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. Key factors to stop bleeding: take cayenne pepper which works in about 5 minutes, increase Vitamin K and eating greens works better, but takes about 24 hours to work. And avoid iron, mints, mentholatums, pain killers and fluoride. Copper stops bleeding. But we need copper, zinc, and Vitamin C in balance to make collagen to prevent and stop bleeding. What is the Balance? The ratio of zinc to copper in a range from 1:1 to 3:1 zinc over copper, with 1000 mg Vitamin C.

–Kidney pain, lower back pain and/or fluid build-up/swelling. 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, back pain etc. You can help detox your kidneys with 1/8th of a teaspoon of baking soda in lots of water, and/or with green smoothies. Take 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. Take no more than 1 full teaspoon of baking soda per day, short term.

–Hair loss. Copper is actually great for the hair. Copper is needed to make the hair shaft and hair color! But toxins are bad. Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis does show that many detox methods lead to increased toxins coming out in the hair, which can then damage the hair. The trick is to encourage more toxins to come out in the feces. Green smoothies are very good for this. Greens bind to minerals, like mercury and fluoride, but can block copper. Just don’t overdo the greens. 2 green smoothies a day can lead to demineralization and dehydration, especially if combined with diuretic drugs. About 1-3 green smoothies a week is a more balanced approach.

–Joint Pain, & Acne. Boron and Green Smoothies are also great for both arthritis and acne. Again, we want toxins coming out in the feces, rather than the skin. Boron and Greens bind fluoride, which is responsible for joint pain, bone pain, and acne. Iodine also detoxes fluoride. For joint pain, boron, greens, niacin, and copper, followed by stretching is especially good. For more on this subject, see my First book: “Beyond the Arthritis Fix: Protocols for Strong Joints”

–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. I take 500 mg niacinamide once every 5 days. The minimum for me right now is about 500 mg niacinamide once every 2 weeks. We also take B1, B2, B3, B5, B7, and B12. We are avoiding B6 and B9.

–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.

–Anxiety, Excess Energy, Panic Attacks, Racing Heart. Copper admittedly increases energy by way of increasing ATP production and increases norepinephrine and thus, epinephrine (adrenaline). One of the purposes of adrenaline is to act as an antihistamine. Think: “Epi Pens”. These can be short-term effects, we do not get this after having taken copper long term. Most people report being calmer on copper. The anxiety could be either from waking up the adrenal glands, or from detox, or from deficiency of the calming minerals and vitamins as follows: Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Niacin (and other B vitamins), Iodine, Molybdenum, and yes, even Copper.

–Low Energy / Constipation. After about a month on copper, some people can run low on magnesium and B vitamins. Both magnesium and B Vitamins (and copper) are needed to make ATP, and all of these seem to help bowel movements and relieve constipation. Muscles need ATP for energy for contractions and bowel movements.

–Insomnia / High Estrogen / Low Testosterone / low libido / rashes / sneezing / runny nose / excess histamine. Take more zinc. We generally recommend low zinc, such as a 1:1 ratio to a 2:1 ratio. Some are more comfortable at 5:1 to 10:1. But at 15:1, zinc over copper, the zinc depletes copper. See Zinc/Copper ratios.

–General discomfort. Starting anything new is difficult. Detoxing can be rough. If things continue to get unbearable or worse, it’s good to back off the minerals, and cut the doses of everything in half, or even stop for a day or two. This is called “pulse dosing”. It can help the kidneys and liver and bowels catch up with elimination, and help everything work better. This is often reported. For example, a person rapidly increases copper to 20 mg in 2 weeks, and then the high energy stops. Then, they go back down to 8 mg, and feel great again.

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 per 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. 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.

One pound bag of 99%:

Ten pound bag of 99.9%:

Sometimes, people can not find 99% pure copper sulfate. If not, then, you should probably purify what you can find.

How to make your own copper sulfate supplement: Add 5/8ths of a teaspoon (4.7 grams) of the blue copper sulfate crystals into a 2 oz. dropper bottle then add boiled distilled water. This 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 at 1 mg per day. We take 30 mg orally, 70 mg topically, and our bottle lasts us (together) 5.5 days.

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. Do NOT drink the full bottle at once. Do NOT start with a full dropper of 20 mg, that’s too much. 2 drops (drips) at once is more than enough to start.

Do I have to boil the water? Do I have to use distilled water? If your water is not distilled, or cold, it may take longer to dissolve the copper. Distillation is the only way to eliminate fluoride from tap water that has been fluoridated. You should not drink fluoridated water, because it will block the copper, and you will be stuck in detox, and it will not work.

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

Copper sulfate tastes horrible, and super bitter. Some people think it tastes sweet. It is acidic at 3-4 ph. For comparison, lemonade is 2.6 ph, and hydrochloric acid in the stomach is 1 ph. Dilute it by putting it into drinks.

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 1000-2000 mg of Vitamin C a day. Otherwise, I get tiny bleeds on my skin.

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:

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. A symptom of low molybdenum is racing heart.

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 and zinc.

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

We keep an updated list of all the vitamins and minerals we are 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?



List of all links and sources in this article:

“The Copper Revolution: Healing with Minerals”

the Copper Revolution Facebook Group:

“Beyond the Arthritis Fix: Protocols for Strong Joints”

One pound bag of 99%:

Ten pound bag of 99.9%:

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