Copper Toxicity and Hair Testing

Copper Toxicity and Hair Testing

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See List Of Health Issues Associated With Copper Toxicity

Purpose of Copper in the Body

  • Copper is a cofactor in the synthesis of norepinephrine, and neurotransmitter associated with several mental illnesses. 
  • Copper overloads tend to lower dopamine levels and increase norepinephrine in the brain. 
  • Imbalances of these neurotransmitters have been associated with paranoid schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, ADHD, autism and violent behaviors.
  • Most people with elevated copper exhibit low zinc and excessive oxidative stress. 
  • Many people diagnosed with mental illness have an inborn tendency for elevated copper levels and this predisposes them to psychiatric disorders.
  • Nutrient therapies to normalize copper levels is effective in balancing dopamine and norepinephrine levels for these persons.

Hair Testing For Assessing Low Zinc and High Copper

  • Hair testing can be done for determining heavy metal burdens but blood testing is considered more accurate for the above testing.

  • Hair testing helps to target the heavy metal burdens and mineral levels in the body through hair.

Hair Testing and ADHD

  • Hair mineral copper is very valuable for behavior disorders and ADHD, autism, bipolar and schizophrenia.

Hair Testing and Copper:

  • Hair testing confirms high copper levels when done at labs that do not wash the hair.
  • Hair copper values can provide information of clinical significance.

Hair Testing and Zinc:

  • Low hair zinc correlates very well with low plasma levels. 
  • Very elevated zinc in hair nearly always means a zinc deficiency and loss of plasma zinc levels.
  • Most of the time this involves a pyrrole disorder which results in very high zinc excretion in urine (and in hair). 
  • In a healthy person without metal-metabolism problem, only about 4 percent of excreted zinc leaves through the kidneys

An Introduction To Copper Toxicity
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