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Copper: The Key Mineral For Emotional, Hormonal & Mental Health


About Maria from True Foods Nutrition

Maria Allerton is a fully qualified Clinical Nutritionist who runs a busy Health Clinic in Sydney. Maria uses a functional medicine approach to find the real causes of illness. She is a firm believer in the principle of ‘food as medicine’ and focuses on diet, nutrients and lifestyle when addressing the conditions of her patients.

Comments (24)

  1. Kelly says:

    No doubt you’re well intended, and I suppose my comment won’t be approved, but there is so much misinformation here I feel compelled to speak up.

    There is no such thing as pyrole disorder. It was a hypothesis based on the fact that patients taking LSD(!) in the early 60’s had high levels of pyrroles in their urine. Hoffer at the time then thought that it might apply to people NOT taking LSD, but who had some similar psychiatric symptoms.

    Also, for the most part…there is no such thing as copper toxicity, unless one has Wilson’s disease and/or is eating lobster, a lot of shellfish or a lot of chocolate. Copper isn’t abundant in very many foods AT ALL, yet zinc IS in many of the foods we eat every day.

    In fact, studies show that patients given 10mgs a day for 2 months showed almost NO CHANGE in their copper or ceruloplasmin levels.

    There are also studies that found hair analysis to be highly unreliable.

    Now why am I so passionate about this? Because I’ve been sick for 26 years with ME/CFS, and was told back in 2011 that I probably had copper toxicity. Instead of questioning the diagnosis, I went along with the suggested supplements and hair analysis, and only got worse. If I’d only known. And for the last 8 months I’ve suffered from anemia, only to find out that one needs copper to work with iron, and guess what — my copper is on the low side. Lower than a year and a half ago.

    Anyway, no doubt we’ll agree to disagree. I just find it very curious that “pyroluria” is diagnosed almost solely in Australia. I have no idea why, because here in the US all sorts of weird things — like ‘Morgellons disease’ are allowed.

    • Maria Allerton says:

      Thanks for taking the time to comment Kelly. I’m sorry your health wasn’t managed well by your healthcare providers. HTMA needs to be very well understood to be used productively. Pyrroles are a sign of oxidative stress, not a ‘disease’ in itself and is a useful marker when used productively. The reason it is more commonly tested in Australia is because we have a very well developed complementary health practice which is far advanced over the US/Canada/UK and most other countries. It is certainly not the only thing to consider but it is a useful marker when used by knowledgeable clinicians. Anecdotal evidence is very different from clinical evidence from hundreds of clients/patients.

  2. Sophie Bramley says:

    I had copper IUD removed in Feb and have had some improvements in all sorts of symptoms. Do feel a lot happier etc. Pretty sure I am dealing with some copper overload issues for sure. Read a lot of amazing things out oysters and their mineral content, especially high zinc which is good for the copper overload, so I bought some oyster supplements to try, but I’ve now realised they’re high in copper too! Is this a good or bad idea? Would the high zinc content make them worth it and kind of balance it out, or is it better to try a different approach?

    Thanks in advance

    • Maria Allerton says:

      Not worth it if dealing with copper toxicity as they are high in zinc AND copper. Need to have copper assessed with bloods and hair analysis, feel free to book in with one of my team to address via online calendar.

  3. Faith Anker says:

    I have AFIB, I am taking Lopressor to. control it. I wake up with my heart rate high 182 or more. I get tit down by taking small amounts of Lopressor at a time till it comes down. I crave chocolate and shrimp and Lobster. These make my heart rate go shy high. I have been researching copper effect on heart rate. I feel copper could be my problem. My PC po pooed my questions. Discussed it with my Nephrologist and he said it is possible. What would you suggest for testing?

    • Maria Allerton says:

      Hi Faith, I recommend working with a practitioner and do a serum copper blood test and hair mineral analysis. The relationship to all other minerals is important.

  4. Tiffany says:

    I think you would be wise to consider that copper toxicity (elemental copper) is VERY different from the essential bioavailable copper that most people are deficient in. You can be copper toxic and copper deficient at the same time, and in fact both have the same symptoms.

    • Maria Allerton says:

      Hi Tiffany, yes absolutely one can be copper toxic and not be able to utilise copper at the same time. In clinic we conduct both blood and hair analysis to understand if someone’s copper is working for them or not. thx

  5. Ciara Alford says:

    Hi there,

    I am from the UK currently based in Melbourne.
    I had a copper IUD which I had removed about 6 weeks ago!

    I was suffering with panic attacks so I needed it to be removed. Since removal I’ve been a little bit better however at certain times during the month I’m still struggling.

    I really want to get to the bottom of this issue and heal completely.

    I have seen you offer a Hair Mineral Analysis.

    Do I just book this and then book a follow up consultation not too sure how it works?

    Speak soon

    Kind regards,

    Ciara Alford

  6. Dione Evelyn says:

    Good day,

    I don’t know where to start…kind of giving up. Blood work show high ferritin, normal levels of copper, some proteins out of range, epileptic at age 14…son now epileptic at age 12, he has high levels of parathyroid hormones, Alkaline phosphatase is very high, one of the Vitamin D tests came back high.

  7. Kylie says:

    Hi Maria. After having a baby 6 months back I decided to try birth control for the first time in my life. Afraid of hormones I chose the copper iud. I’ve been getting worse and worse regarding my panic and agitation. I tried telling doctors that I think it has something to do with iud and they tell me it’s impossible unless I have Wilson’s disease. A few days ago I got blood tests back and suddenly I have anemia issues and low thyroid which I’ve never had issues with in my whole life. I got them to give me a copper test as well and it came back at 145.4. Could the higher copper in my body really be the cause of all these mental and physical issues I’ve been having?? It’s been driving me nuts trying to find the culprit. Thank you in advance!

    • Maria Allerton says:

      Hi Kylie,
      that level of copper is sky high- yes 100% it would be having an impact. It’s probably not the best choice for you.
      Kind regards

  8. Lesley Dougan says:

    Hi Maria, I’ve had a hair analyst done as my candida issue wasn’t improving and it tuns out I have high copper levels 11.0 . I was given a sheet of dietary foods to avoid but nothing on what I can have, except high protein foods and moderate amounts of unrefined carbs, also no calcium foods and reduced fats intake. I’ve been googling and copper is in just about every thing. I’am wondering what to eat, is buckwheat or oats ok. I’am taking 40 mg zinc and having a green detox powder drink a day. Would appreciate your thoughts on this. Cheers Lesley

  9. Danielle says:

    I have been treating my Pyrrole disorder for 3 years and developed serum copper and ceruloplasmin deficiency. I can’t seem to find any information on how to address this in the context of Pyrrole disorder and balancing copper when taking high dose zinc.

    • Maria says:

      Hi Danielle, it’s tricky but do-able. Need to work on liver and adrenals to improve ceruloplasmin, but need to evaluate in context of your whole case. Feel free to book a consult online. cheers

      • Katrina Reinhardt says:

        I would like information on how to get a hair analysis test done for myself and my 14 year old daughter. She is struggling with mental health issues, and it would be great to get a test done to see how we can balance things out.

        Please send me information about this. Thank you for your time!

        Katrina Reinhardt

        • Maria says:

          Hi Katrina, thanks for your inquiry, feel free to book an initial consult in my calendar on the homepage. From the initial consult, we can order the hair analysis. Kind regards

  10. Luciana says:

    Hi Maria
    I’d like to do the hair analysis test. Could you please send me an email with more details? (cost and if it can be done by mail)
    Thank you

    • Katrina Reinhardt says:

      I would like information on how to get a hair analysis test done for myself and my 14 year old daughter. She is struggling with mental health issues, and it would be great to get a test done to see how we can balance things out.

      Please send me information about this. Thank you for your time!

      Katrina Reinhardt

  11. Carol says:

    Wow… I’m so happy I found your site. Your articles are answering so much for me. I have Pyrroles and lately I’ve not been watching my health and I’m noticing it.
    I will get myself sorted and book to redo my test through you. Time to look after number 1 again!
    Thank you are amazing ☺️

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