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Serum copper levels or serum ceruloplasmin are useful tests for detecting copper deficiency.
 

 
 

Test Copper Levels can help with the following:
 
 
Addictions  Alcohol-related Problems

Autoimmune

  Autoimmune Tendency
 In cases of autoimmune disease, where therapy is often less than satisfactory, copper insufficiency should be investigated until additional studies confirm any link. The following quote is by John Johnson (iThyroid.com):

"There is very little scientific evidence that copper is involved in immune system function, but it is my belief that copper deficiency is the principal nutritional deficiency involved in autoimmune diseases. Approximately 80% of the people who suffer from autoimmune diseases are women. The most important nutrient that women need more of than men is copper. Any nutritional detective who is trying to find the culprit in autoimmune diseases should first suspect copper. Women need more copper and get autoimmune diseases more frequently. Men need less copper and generally donít get autoimmune disease. Copper deficiency is the obvious suspect."

  Vitiligo

Circulation

  Aneurysm / Weakened Arteries
  Anemia (Iron deficiency)
 If you're slugging down iron pills but remain weak and anemic, the culprit may not be iron at all, but another metal: copper. A new genetic find explaining why is described by a University of California, Berkeley, scientist and his colleagues in the February, 1999 issue of the journal Nature Genetics.

The researchers discovered a protein, hephaestin, that appears critical for moving iron to the bloodstream. This protein contains copper and cannot be produced in the absence of copper. Thus in some cases, having too little copper present even with an ample iron supply might cause anemia, said the lead author on the paper, Assistant Professor Christopher Vulpe of UC Berkeley's Division of Nutrition and Toxicology in the College of Natural Resources.

  Anemia (Uncommon Nutritional)

Environment / Toxicity

  Zinc Toxicity

Hormones

  Histapenia (Histamine Low)
  Histadelia (Histamine High)
 Testing serum or hair copper levels is usually adequate for evaluating copper status when low levels of copper are suspected and hair contamination with copper can be ruled out. When in doubt, it would be better to use more accurate tests such as the 24 hour urine copper or serum ceruloplasmin.

Lab Values

  Uric Acid Levels Low
  Low White Count

Mental

  Tendency Toward Postpartum Depression
  Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD / ADHD)
  Schizophrenia

Metabolic

  Sulfite Sensitivity
 Serum copper should be checked because high levels can drive molybdenum levels down.

Nutrients

  Molybdenum Need
 Copper and molybdenum are antagonistic. If copper levels are elevated, copper should be avoided during molybdenum treatment, but rechecked later to make sure it hasn't gone too low.

Risks

  Cancer / Risk - General Measures

Tumors, Malignant

  Leukemia, Acute Lymphocytic (ALL)
  Leukemia, Acute Myelogenous (AML)
  Leukemia, Chronic Lymphocytic (CLL)
  Leukemia, Chronic Myelogenous (CML)
 
 


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May do some good
Likely to help
Highly recommended