Can I take copper and zinc together?

This question is about Nutrition

Sarah Achleithner

It's not recommended to take copper and zinc together. Though rare, copper deficiency can result from high levels of zinc, which decreases the body’s ability to absorb and use copper from the diet [1].

If you’re taking a daily zinc supplement, you should consider a copper supplement as well to avoid the potential for copper deficiency. However, don't take them simultaneously; wait at least 2 hours after taking zinc to take your copper supplement. 

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  1. Munk, D. E., Lund Laursen, T., Teicher Kirk, F., Vilstrup, H., Ala, A., Gormsen, L. C., Ott, P., & Damgaard Sandahl, T. (2022). Effect of oral zinc regimens on human hepatic copper content: A randomized intervention study. Scientific Reports, 12(1).