How To Get Copper In Your Diet

How To Get Copper In Your Diet

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I am going to show you how to make your own “Dietary Bio-available Copper” through the use of Vinegar, Fulvic Acid and Red Wine in order to get Copper In Your Diet.

Copper is the 26th element in abundance in the crust of the earth, and is the 29th element in the periodic table. Copper has been known for many years to be essential for physical, emotional and mental health for more than three quarters of a century.

Most of the copper in the body is found in the liver, brain, heart, kidneys, and all skeletal muscles in humans and mammals. The adult body contains between 1.4 and 2.1mg of copper per kilogram of body weight or about 100 milligrams in their entire body.

We only have a tiny amount of copper in our bodies, and researchers say that most people living in the USA and Canada are deficient in this essential mineral. Copper is used for so many essential bodily functions as we will see below.

Copper has been used as a medicine for thousands of years for treatment of wounds, sores and the purifying of drinking water.

Recently, research has indicated that copper helps prevent inflammation in arthritis, and similar types of inflammatory diseases.

Do We Get Enough Copper In Our Diets?

In the United Kingdom and the United States according to recent surveys, only 25% of the US population consume the amount of copper a day estimated to be adequate by the US Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences.

Which Foods Are High In Copper?

  • Liver and most organ meats are high in Copper
  • Oysters
  • Spirulina
  • Shiitake Mushrooms
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Lobster
  • Leafy Greens
  • Dark Chocolate

Which Fruits Are High In Copper?

  • Guavas
  • Durians
  • Avocados
  • Pomegranates
  • Starfruit
  • Kiwifruit
  • Mangos
  • Pineapples
  • Raspberries
  • Green Olives

Fruits have very small amounts of copper in them. Approximately only 0.1 to 0.2 mg of copper per 1 cup of fruit

What Are Some Of The Symptoms Of Copper Deficiency?

Signs and symptoms of copper deficiency can include:

  • Anemia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Paleness and pasty looking
  • Hair with loss or less pigmentation than normal
  • Inflamed and painful joints
  • Lower oxygen levels
  • Low body temperature
  • Bone fractures

Source: Total Copper (Blood) – Health Encyclopedia – University of Rochester Medical Center.

Neurologically, copper deficiency can manifest as myelopathy and peripheral neuropathy simulating subacute combined degeneration (source:

An overview of copper metabolism in humans is highlighted in Figure 3. The highest content of copper is found in the liver.

Common Causes of Copper Deficiency.

  • Diet low in Copper
  • Malabsorption of Copper in the intestines
  • Bariatric or Gastric surgery
  • Excessive mineral loss through sweating in saunas / work etc.
  • High amounts of zinc in your diet can lead to a Copper deficiency

Zinc and Vitamin C.

A high intake of zinc (150 mg+ a day) and vitamin C (1,500+ mg a day) may induce copper deficiency by competing with copper for absorption in the intestine.

Intake of high amounts of vitamin C

Malabsorption from Inflammation of the Bowels (IBS), Cystic Fibrosis, Celiac Disease, Colitis and Crohn’s Disease.

Pharmaceuticals, Drugs, Toxins, Petroleum Based Products, Chemicals,
Zinc supplement overuse, parental overdosing of zinc vitamins, denture cream ingestion.

How To Test Your Copper Levels.

The amount humans should intake through their foods is controversial when reading a variety of journals.

It’s alway good idea to check your blood, urine and hair analysis for you Zinc/Copper Ratio, and to have a complete spectral blood and urine test including heavy metal and pesticide testing.

Show the results to your health professional if you are confused about having either too much copper, or not enough.

If you are like the majority of people in the USA and Canada, you are most likely dietary and possibly physiologically deficient.

How I Add Copper Into My Diet.

I learned this therapy from going to the Amazon and seeing how the bush or shaman medicine doctors add copper to the deficient diets of people with sickness, and many health ailments.

Go to Home Depot or a hardware store, and buy a few feet of #8 or #10 Pure Copper Solid Wire. The solid wire is bare from plastic shielding and is located in the electrical department of any hardware store.

Solid Copper Wire 10 Gauge Size
Solid Copper Wire 10 Gauge Size

Mineralized Copper Vinegar Recipe.

Now we need to clean the wire and get off any oil or contaminants.

  • Using the rough side of your kitchen sponge, or 400 grit wet dry sandpaper, clean the surface of the copper.
  • Rub the copper until it becomes shiny and clean, then wash with soap and water.
  • Measure the bottle you are using, then cut the wire 1 inch smaller than the bottle.
  • Add the cleaned copper wire to the raw apple cider vinegar.

Adding Minerals to your Vinegar Recipe

I add piece of solid pure copper to my Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, Fulvic Acid as well as red wine, if you want to get a small infusion of bio-available copper to your diet.

I add a few tablespoons of this copper vinegar recipe to my salads, or you can add 1-2 tsp’s to your favorite beverage or water 3-4 times per week.

Adding Copper To Fulvic Acid

Cut a piece of cleaned copper off and add it to your Fulvic Acid. The Fulvic Acid is acidic, so it will start to breakdown the copper wire in the solution.

The added copper adds to the disinfectant power of Fulvic Acid which can be used on wounds, cuts, topical infections, toe fungus, warts, wrinkles, skin fungus etc.

Health Effects of Copper Deficiencies

Erythropoiesis is a complex physiological process to maintain oxygen level in the body through production of red blood cells (Elliott, Pham, & Macdougall, 2008).

“The essentiality of copper for animals was reported in 1928 in a study showing that it is essential for erythropoiesis in rats fed a milk-based diet” – (Hart et al. 1928).

Erythropoiesis was improved when copper sulfide containing ash was added back to the diet (Hart et al. 1928).

Reports of copper-deficiency in grazing livestock followed, further substantiating the essentiality of copper (Neal et al. 1931).

In humans, essentiality of copper was clearly demonstrated by studies showing anemia, neutropenia, and bone-marrow abnormalities in young children with copper deficiencies (Cordano et al. 1964).

“Additional studies have demonstrated the essentiality of copper in immune function, bone formation, red- and white-blood-cell maturation, lipid metabolism, iron transport, myocardial contraction, and neurological development (Danks 1988)” (source:

Copper deficiency may be one of the many causes of fatigue and weakness. Copper is essential for absorbing iron from the gut. When copper levels are low, the body may absorb less iron. This can cause iron deficiency anemia, a condition in which the body is unable to carry enough oxygen to its tissues – (source: 9 Signs and Symptoms of Copper Deficiency – Healthline).

Further Research Literature on Copper:

  • “Copper and Human Health and Safety,” George A Cypher, International Copper Association Limited, 260 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016, USA.
  • “Copper in Human Health,” Technical Note TN 34, Copper Development Association, Orchard House, Mutton Lane, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 3AP, UK.
  • “Copper in Plant, Animal and Human Nutrition,” Technical Note TN 35, Copper Development Association, Orchard House, Mutton Lane, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 3AP, UK.
  • “Copper, The Directory of Nutritional Supplements,” The Vitamin Connection, January/February 1992.
  • “Dietary Reference Values for Food Energy and Nutrients for the United Kingdom – Report on Health and Social Subjects 41,” Department of Health, HMSO, London 1991.
  • Copper helps build red blood cells by transporting iron; makes connective tissue; keeps the immune system, nerves and blood vessels healthy; and serves as an antioxidant by removing free radicals – (source:
  • Copper-Zinc Imbalance: Unrecognized Consequence of Plant-Based Diets and a Contributor to Chronic Fatigue.

Recommended Courses and Categories: Rapid Wound Regeneration and Healing Protocols, Healing My Knife Wound Accident, Healing wrinkles and Skin Fungus using Fulvic Acid and Lugol’s Iodine and Using Fulvic Acid for Parasite and Intestinal Detoxification.

Hope you enjoy this “How To Get Copper In Your Diet” Video :))

Dr. Robert Cassar

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  1. Great and essential information. A question about the copper wire, if I bough the plastic coated copper and stripped it of the plastic, sanded it down and rinsed well, is there anything to be concerned about at that point? Thanks!

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      Hi Talia! As long as you sand it with a very fine sandpaper (400 hundred grit or so) that should be fine. The best is to go to a hardware store and they will always have bare solid copper wire. You would still want to lightly sand the wires or clean them with vinegar.

      Hope that helps 🙂

      Dr. Robert

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