Copper is needed to help your body use iron. It is also important for nerve function, bone growth, and to help your body use sugar. The body needs copper for normal growth and health. For patients who are unable to get enough copper in their regular diet or who have a need for more copper, copper supplements may be necessary.
Lack of copper may lead to anemia and osteoporosis (weak bones).
Some conditions may increase your need for copper. These include:
- Intestine disease
- Kidney disease
- Pancreas disease
- Stomach removal
- Stress, continuing
Increased need for copper should be determined by your health care professional.
Claims that copper supplements are effective in the treatment of arthritis or skin conditions have not been proven. Use of copper supplements to cause vomiting has caused death and should be avoided.
Injectable copper is given by or under the supervision of a health care professional.