Copper is an essential trace element vital to the health of all living organisms. Although the amount of copper found in the human body (50–120 milligrams) would fit on the head of a pin, this tiny quantity is essential. Research has revealed that copper is vital for the optimal health of the human body, along with other mineral micronutrients such as iron, calcium and zinc.
Find out more on copper's essentiality for human health :
- The roles of copper in the human body
- Dietary sources of copper
- Copper deficiency and excess diseases (see figure below and )
- The essential trio of minerals: Cu, Fe and Zn
 Ralph, A. and McArdle, H. J. 2001. Copper metabolism and requirements in the pregnant mother, her fetus, and children. New York, NY: International Copper Association
Last update: March 1, 2022