Copper as copper gluconate can be taken orally, or through an injection. It’s most common form which is as supplement, is used to treat or prevent copper deficiency. People who don’t have enough copper gluconate intake in their diet may need to take them as a supplement, although this should be determined by a doctor.
Copper gluconate is needed in our body, as it promotes good health and normal growth. It is also needed for enabling our body use iron, which is an important mineral. Aside from this, it is also needed for nerve function, helping our body use sugar and bone growth. There are certain conditions which would increase one’s need for it; such as diarrhea, burns, kidney disease, pancreatic diseases, intestinal diseases and stress. Premature babies may also need an increased intake of it, although this is determined by the doctor. While this mineral was used for inducing vomiting, this was determined to be deadly and should therefore be avoided.
Aside from supplements, copper gluconate could also be found in our diet. This could be found in foods such as organ meats like liver, nuts, seafoods, whole- grains and beans. While copper gluconate is fairly safe, it is important to follow the instructions on the label especially if you are taking it without a prescription. There are also several things that need to be considered, such as:
• Pregnancy– while pregnant women are encouraged to take vitamins and minerals for her and her baby’s health, taking too much may be harmful.
• Breastfeeding– breastfeeding is almost the same as being pregnant, since your baby is still dependent on you for their vitamin intake. If you are breast feeding, you might want to talk to your doctor about the amount of vitamins and minerals you should take.
• Allergies– talk to your doctor first before taking any kind of supplements if you are allergic to dyes, food or preservatives.
• Taking other medicines or supplements– while medications should not be taken with other supplements, there are instances when you could take them provided that your doctor has adjusted the dosage of the medication or the supplemental vitamins first. Talk to your doctor if you are also taking trientine, penicillamine or zinc supplements.
Aside from the possible danger of taking copper gluconate with other medications and supplements, you also need to take caution if you have other medical conditions. You really need to talk to your doctor if you have liver disease, biliary disease or Wilson’s disease before taking this nutrient. There is nothing to worry about even if you missed a dose of copper gluconate, as it takes time for our body to be dangerously low of it.
If you were instructed by your doctor to take it however, it is best that you take it on time. There is no need to double the dosage though if you missed it. While copper gluconate is safe, there are possible side effects associated with it. These includes blood in urine, bloody or black vomit, diarrhea, fainting or dizziness, heartburn, continuing headache, lower back pain, yellow skin or eyes and loss of appetite.