Due to the chemical nature of Copper, and one of the main reasons it is so powerful in the body, is its reactive nature. This also means that copper is rarely found in its ionic form in nature as well as the body.
Elemental copper is not well-absorbed and high doses via supplements typically lead to stomach upset and other symptoms.
Copper is an essential trace element that is vital to human life. Due to developments over the last century, copper has, for many people, become either insufficient in their diet and/or sabotaged by excessive iron and other chemicals introduced to use.
Chelated copper is a special type of mineral supplement that may be better absorbed and easier on the stomach.
Copper bisglycinate, is a copper molecule bonded to a glycerin substrate. It absorbs directly into the bloodstream. This type of copper has much higher bioavailability than copper citrate, but scientists aren’t sure yet exactly how much better the absorption of copper bisglycinate might be. But it is believed to be the most bioavailibe form of copper.
Elemental copper is not well-absorbed and high doses via supplements typically lead to stomach upset and other symptoms. Chelated copper is a special type of mineral supplement that may be better absorbed and easier on the stomach.
Chelated mineral supplements are minerals combined with amino acids. A common form of chelated copper is called copper glycinate, which is a molecular complex that consists of elemental copper and the amino acid glycine.
Copper bisglycinate is produced by chemical reaction between glycine and copper carbonate, it consists of a bivalent copper ion linked to two molecules of glycine. The copper metal is bound to the carboxyl group and to the α-amino group of glycine with coordinate covalent bonds.
This 1:2 metal to ligand ratio restricts reaction with dietary inhibitors of the metal absorption and prevents the metal from participating in oxidation reactions.
Copper bisglycinate occurs as monohydrate and as dihydrate. The monohydrate is long deep-blue needles. The dihydrate is light blue powdery crystals.
Copper sulfate is an inorganic compound that combines sulfur with copper. Copper sulfate is produced industrially by treating copper metal with hot concentrated sulfuric acid or copper oxides with dilute sulfuric acid. It is usually used for laboratory use, though some biohackers have begun supplementing with it. Copper sulfate can also be produced by slowly leaching low-grade copper ore in air; bacteria may be used to hasten the process.
Copper(II) salts have an LD50 of 100 mg/kg. It is harmless enough to be a routine component of high school experiments and to be used widely in swimming lakes to control algae. Copper(II) sulfate was used in the past as an emetic.
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