Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for February 13, 2007

A review of the blog led me into a new direction today. Back on January 07, 2007, I posted a list of vitamins and minerals that are destroyed by excessive amounts of sugar intake. On February 04, 2007, I posted a list of reasons why sugar is bad for your health. From that list, there were two minerals that I missed the first time around so I modified the original entry to add Chromium and Copper. So a quick search and I find this:

“Without copper, nerves would fray like toaster cords,” said Sharon Faelten in The Complete Book of Minerals for Health. “Cooper helps forge the protective myelin sheath around each of the millions of nerve fibers in our bodies. Calm nerves and clear thinking depend on it.

Copper is as important as calcium and zinc for bone formation, red blood cell integrity, skin and immune functions, nervous system functions, the conversion of beta-carotene to vitamin A and the processing of vitamin C, wrote Gershon M. Lesser, M.D., in Growing Younger.

And then I came across this article:

Chromium & Copper:

These two elements are the most important nutrients next to calcium and magnesium for their anti-inflammatory properties. They share left / right-sided cell receptors and are considered essential to human health. While neither one – with few exceptions – is generally found to be very deficient level-wise, chromium is on average always lower than copper, with virtually no exceptions. Copper, on the other hand is elevated in the majority of patients, which creates a chronic copper / chromium conflict ratio-wise in these individuals.

In fact, of all the patients I have tested since the mid 70’s, nearly 90% exhibited a chemical profile that in addition to their own unique chemistry contained an underlying pattern that reflected the impact of high copper levels on various opposing nutrients, which include chromium, molybdenum, sulfur, nickel, Vitamin C, hesperidin, and others. Although chromium appears to be normal on the following graph, it is very low in ratio to copper, its associated element, so when supplementing chromium, its level will generally not increase at first, but instead it will gradually lower copper, and in the example below, potassium, since they are high in ratio to chromium. Only after copper and potassium have been reduced to normal levels, chromium may at that point start to go up. However, since sufficient amounts of chromium are rarely used, in practice, copper and potassium just come down closer to normal, and chromium levels stay the same.

Magnesium levels frequently go up following long-term supplementation of chromium because of its synergism with chromium, and also because of potassium (which is a magnesium antagonist) going down, and thus not exerting an inhibiting effect on magnesium any longer.

Copper works synergistically with potassium and calcium, so when patients do exhibit low copper levels, then calcium and potassium are frequently on the low side as well. Taking a 3mg copper pill for one or two months, or less, is all that is needed for an adult to normalize any copper deficiency, and then it should always be discontinued, otherwise copper will go too high – being another reason why most people should avoid multi-mineral formulations containing more than 1 mg of copper.

The interesting thing about all of this is I started taking 3 mg of copper once a day in between two 30 mg doses of zinc a few weeks ago.


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