The all-important zinc / copper balance: Viruses, fungus & bacteria

The all-important zinc / copper balance: Viruses, fungus & bacteria

Just a little reminder when taking increased zinc doses and even vitamin C to support the immune system and as an antiviral during this coronavirus pandemic. Although these nutrients maybe needed during this time, it is all about balance.

Nutrients such as vitamin C, Zinc B6, vitamin b3, manganese are antagonists to copper. When you take these products in high amounts you can potentially cause a copper deficiency. 

Although it’s important in trying to protect ourselves from a virus, we just need to be careful about lowering available copper, therefore making you more susceptible to bacterial and fungal related conditions.

The balance of zinc and copper is important for histamine issues. Zinc is essential for the storage of histamine and copper is necessary for the diaminoxidase (DAO) that is required to break it down. Individuals with a high Zinc to Copper ratio on a hair test may have a higher risk for an over-exaggerated immune response due to an excessive histamine reaction. Taking excessive amounts of vitamin C and zinc may actually exacerbate this imbalance and cause histamine related issues.


Additional thoughts for those who have copper toxicity

Those who have copper toxicity symptoms have an abundance of copper that their body is unable to use, therefore they are highly likely to be a copper deficiency as well.

Dr. Eck who was a key physician in developing the science of hair mineral analysis, considered the sodium to potassium ratio important when considering when to give copper, but he also gave copper to those that had been dumping copper or had toxic copper, since these individuals have bio unavailable copper and a deficiency because of this.


Copper supplementation

When copper is introduced to a nutritional program depends on the individual’s hair mineral test results. Very small amounts of copper maybe needed, but please do work with your practioner to achieve the right balance.


Copper is required for:

  • Supporting physical and mental health.  
  • Helps oxidise glucose and release energy.
  • Helps the body absorb iron.
  • Copper is a natural yeast/candida fighter.
  • Aids the thyroid gland in balancing and secreting hormones.
  • Carries oxygen in the bloodstream.
  • Supplies the body’s tissues (including the brain) with oxygen
  • Increases the body’s energy levels.
  • Aids in nerve and brain function
  • Needed for the functioning of the amino acid, tyrosine.
  • Essential for making red blood cells.
  • Impaired coordination can result when deficient.
  • Necessary for the synthesis of the hormone adrenaline.
  • Associated with intestinal enzyme activity.
  • Acts as a brain stimulant.
  • Copper levels in the body parallels oestrogen levels.
  • Copper is needed for neurotransmitters (brain hormones) epinephrine, norepinephrine and dopamine.
  • Helps oxidise Vitamin C and works with Vitamin C to form elastin, a chief component of the elastin muscle fibres throughout the body; aids in the formation of red blood cells.
  • Copper-replacement therapy has been found to alleviate symptoms which appear as a B12 deficiency.


Copper Excess Symptoms:

  • Feelings of doom
  • Fatigue and exhaustion
  • Brain fog
  • Headaches, migraines
  • Mood swings
  • Super-sensitive, weepy
  • Cold hands, and/or feet
  • Depression
  • Dry skin
  • Chocolate cravings
  • Feeling of loss of control
  • Paranoia
  • Despair, suicidal feelings, hopelessness
  • Arthritis, calcium spurs
  • Constipation
  • Racing heart, pounding heart
  • Adverse reaction to vitamins and minerals
  • Problems with concentration and memory
  • Short attention span, ‘spaciness’
  • Eating disorders: anorexia, bulimia, overeating
  • Panic attacks, high anxiety, free floating anxiety
  • Aching muscles or muscle cramps
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Mind races — insomnia, interrupted sleep
  • PMS
  • Low blood pressure
  • Obsessive thoughts