Copper Development Association gratefully acknowledges the advice given by Dr. Ian Bremner, Deputy Director, The Rowett Research Institute, Aberdeen, and the financial support provided by International Copper Association Limited, New York. The illustrations were kindly provided by the Deutsches Kupferinstitut EV, Berlin.
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Essential for Life Video
Video outlining the benefits to human health of essential, dietary copper and problems caused by copper deficiency. Features commentary from internationally renowned scientists. Courtesy International Copper Association, Ltd. 2003. 6 mins. (Note this is a 120 MB download but well worth the wait).
Copper for Life (11-14)
Copper is one of a few elements that are essential for life. It is a part of a number of biological molecules. For example, some enzymes that are involved in respiration contain copper. This educational resource for 11-14 year old explains more.
Copper in Health (14-16)
Although the amount of copper found in the body (50–120 milligrams ) would fit on the head of a pin, this tiny quantity is essential. Research reveals that copper is vital for the optimal health of the human body - along with other mineral micronutrients such as iron, calcium and zinc. This education resource aimed at 14-16 year olds explains more.
TN 34 Copper and Human Health
A review of the vital role of copper in human health and of the association between copper deficiency and a number of diseases. 1984. (Out of print).
TN 35 Copper in Plant, Animal and Human Nutrition
Information is given on the occurrence of copper deficiency in both animals and crops. Details of the symptoms caused in crops and livestock by copper deficiency are given to assist in the recognition of deficiencies and information is provided on diagnostic procedures which should be used where problems are suspected. 1988. (Out of print).
Pub 96 Copper in Human Health
Describes the importance of copper in the human diet. 1992. 2pp
Pub 178 Copper Sustains Life
General information sheet on the role of copper in health. 2004. 2pp.
Pub 183 The Impact of Copper on Human Health
Review paper exploring the impact of copper on human health (with scientific references). International Copper Association, Ltd. 2005. 16pp.
Copper Deficiency is a Global Problem
A one-page document on copper deficiency in the Public Service Series of International Copper Association, Ltd.
Copper, Iron and Zinc - An Essential Trio for Health
Fact sheet on copper, iron and zinc in the Public Service Series of International Copper Association, November 2009, 2pp.