copperCopper is a trace mineral that is essential for human health. It works with enzymes, which are proteins that aid in the biochemical reactions of every cell. Copper assists these enzymes in many crucial reactions in the body.


Copper’s functions include:
  • Assisting in energy production
  • Protecting cells from free radical damage
  • Helping lysyl oxidase, an enzyme that strengthens connective tissue
  • Assisting the brain neurotransmitters, norepinephrine, and dopamine
  • Helping your body make hemoglobin, which is needed to carry oxygen to red blood cells
  • Keeping the immune system, bones, blood vessels, and nerves healthy

Recommended Intake

Age Group Recommended Dietary Allowance/Adequate Intake
Upper Limit
0-6 months 200 Not determinable
7-12 months 220 Not determinable
1-3 years 340 1,000
4-8 years 440 3,000
9-13 years 700 5,000
14-18 years 890 8,000
19 years and older 900 10,000
18 years and younger
1,000 8,000
over 18 years
1,000 10,000
18 years and younger
1,300 8,000
over 18 years
1,300 10,000
*Adequate intakes

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