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zinc/copper
What Is It?
General Interaction
Cautions


What Is It?

The minerals zinc and copper can be purchased as single products, but there's good reason to consider a combination product that pairs the two.

Zinc blocks the absorption and enhances the excretion of copper when taken over time. So, when zinc is recommended long term (over many months) for any condition--from arthritis to prostate problems or even Alzheimer's--it's important to get some copper as well. A combination product will help prevent a copper deficiency and the anemia that can develop as a result.

As a rule of thumb, every 30 mg of zinc needs to be balanced by 2 mg of copper. Interestingly, high-quality zinc products will automatically provide the extra copper.

For more information on zinc or copper, see the separate entries in the WholeHealthMD Reference Library.

General Interaction

The best approach for anyone concerned about possible interactions with a specific drug or dietary supplement is to refer to the separate zinc and copper entries in our WholeHealthMD Reference Library.

Cautions

See the individual zinc and copper entries in our WholeHealthMD Reference Library for specific information on cautions.


Date Published: 04/19/2005
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