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Who should not take copper?

Do not take copper if you have biliary, liver or Wilson's disease. If you take copper supplements and have biliary or liver disease, the copper levels in your blood may become dangerously high. Wilson's disease is caused by a surplus of copper in the blood, so taking copper supplements will only worsen this disease.

Do not take copper if you already consume a lot of copper or get a sufficient amount in your diet, as even a small surplus of copper can make you ill. As little as 10 mg. may cause upset stomach, 60 mg. may cause vomiting and 3.5 grams may cause death. Taking too much copper, or taking copper over a long period of time, can lead to cirrhosis of the liver.

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