The Bottom Line


Copper deficiency is very rare, as many foods provide sufficient amounts of the mineral.

If you’re concerned about your copper levels, it’s best to speak with your doctor. They will see if you are at risk of copper deficiency and may test your blood copper levels.

Simply consuming a balanced diet should help you meet your daily copper needs.

Nonetheless, it’s estimated that up to a quarter of people in American and Canada do not eat enough copper, which may increase the risk of copper deficiency.

Common signs and symptoms of copper deficiency include fatigue and weakness, frequent sickness, weak and brittle bones, problems with memory and learning, difficulties walking, increased cold sensitivity, pale skin, premature gray hair and vision loss.

Thankfully, increasing copper intake should correct most of these signs and symptoms.