How Colloidal Copper can Help with Anxiety and which Foods have it NaturallyMar 19, 2021
Copper is a micronutrient that helps regulate dopamine synthesis and is an essential cofactor for oxidation-reduction reactions in the body. One study found that low copper intake is associated with higher levels of depression and anxiety symptoms.1
It is naturally occurring in produce like leafy greens (kale, spinach, turnip greens, Swiss chard, and mustard greens), as well as in asparagus, summer squash, legumes, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and seafood.
When taking copper in colloidal supplements—where tiny flecks of copper are suspended in a gel or liquid—be cautious of not consuming too much. You only need a little. Even exceptionally low levels of copper supplementation have been associated with a reduction of symptoms. Follow serving guidelines on the product packaging, and also check with your doctor or another health-care provider because you don’t want to take too much. Copper toxicity is in fact linked to a whole host of psychiatric symptoms.
You can find more information about this in Anxiety-Free with Food, available in book stores around the world.
1. M. Nakamura et al., “Low Zinc, Copper, and Manganese Intake is Associated with Depression and Anxiety Symptoms in the Japanese Working Population: Findings from the Eating Habit and Well-Being Study,” Nutrients, vol. 11, no. 4 (April 15, 2019): e847, doi: 10.3390/nu11040847.