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Why A Copper Supplement Is A Good Idea

When you think of health supplements, a copper supplement is probably not the first thing that comes to mind.

It might seem odd that something regularly used for construction pipes is an essential mineral for the body too.

However, it’s becoming understood that copper is incredibly useful and plays an important part in a number of different bodily processes.

What Is Copper?

In its original form, copper is a gorgeous metal, with a rich gold-red color. It’s the only metal (other than gold) on the periodic table that isn’t grey or silver in its natural form, so copper is often used for decorative purposes like jewelry.

Copper is functional too, thanks to its natural properties, such as conductivity of electricity and heat, malleability and durability. This has made it important in the metal industry, and you’re likely to have seen it used in pipes and taps.

Think of the Statue of Liberty. She’s created out of sheets of copper, which have turned pale green over time thanks to oxidation.

Copper doesn’t only keep the Statue of Liberty standing; the same oxidation-reduction reactions that make her green are the most basic chemical reactions that move electrons around, which is crucial for sustaining life.

The Role Of Copper In The Human Body

Copper is an essential trace mineral that belongs in the body in small amounts. It has been prescribed to treat a variety of diseases as early as 400 BC, although modern science is still uncovering how copper works.

It’s understood that this mineral is the main functional component of cuproenzymes. These are essential enzymes that take part in tiny cellular processes, supplying the body with energy, metabolizing iron, strengthening connective tissue and creating neurotransmitters.

One cuproenzyme is cytochrome c oxidase, which creates the energy-storing molecule, ATP, and is vital for cellular energy production.

Aside from this essential role, copper has a number of other benefits too:

• Builds healthy connective tissue
• Allows the body to metabolize iron
• Supports nervous system function
• Creates melanin (the skin’s natural protective pigment)
• Supports antioxidant protection
• Regulates gene expression

So let’s take stock: while there’s still much research to be done to determine copper’s role in our health, key benefits are believed to include DNA transcription, energy production, bone mineralization and the function of antioxidants.

Possible therapeutic benefits include preventing cardiovascular disease, supporting immune function, and treating and preventing osteoporosis.

That’s an impressive list of benefits and features! So making sure you get enough is key.

How To Ensure You Get Enough Copper

If you take a mental leap from construction sites and the Statue of Liberty, to your dinner table, you’ll find copper in many foods. It’s abundant in organ meats, seafood and shellfish, nuts and seeds, cereals, whole grains and cocoa.

Still, like most trace minerals, soil levels around the world are being depleted of copper and this is reflected in our bodies. This is why supplementation of copper is becoming more common.

While copper deficiency is not good, too much copper isn’t great either. High levels of copper can cause zinc imbalance, and vice versa.

The recommended daily intake of copper in order to prevent a deficiency is currently 900 μg per day for adults. Dosages of 1 mg may be safe for short-term use. Those with hereditary copper-accumulation disorders such as Wilson’s disease should avoid copper supplements.

A popular form of supplementation, and the way that we include copper in Athletic Greens, is copper gluconate. The soluble combination of copper and gluconic acid is easy for your body to digest.

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Frequently Asked Questions

While no clear therapeutic dosage has been established, the recommended daily intake to prevent copper deficiency is currently 900 μg per day for adults. Dosages of 1 mg appear to be safe for short-term use, but should be avoided in the long term.


Technically yes, as copper is abundant in many foods. However, most people have low levels of copper (and all important trace minerals) as soil levels around the world are being depleted. By taking copper gluconate as part of Athletic Greens, you’re ensuring you get the correct dose of copper every day.


Definitely yes! Copper gluconate works with CoQ10 to improve cellular energy production, with vitamin C, grapeseed extract and zinc for improving skin quality, and with magnesium for improving nervous system function.


Daily, for a start. Consistency is key, so build it into your morning routine by mixing it into water or a green smoothie, first thing.