EP 47: Does Zinc Supplementation Deplete Copper? with Dr. Judith Bowman

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Our world is filled with dis- mis- and mal-information.

I am amazed at how many articles and papers have diametrically opposed views about copper and zinc. So no wonder people are confused about the role these important nutrients play in human health. 

To be clear copper isn’t bad and zinc isn’t bad. Ideally, we want them in healthy, functional ranges. But myriad factors, including genetic susceptibility and environmental insults, are common among people that have an inability to regulate metals appropriately, especially copper.

When copper is elevated, it becomes a pro-inflammatory agent and can cause a wide variety of issues, including dysregulation of estrogen receptors, leading to PMS and PMDD, high anxiety, depression, ADHD, and even fibromyalgia to name a few.

Today I’m joined again by Dr. Judith Bowman to discuss the role copper and zinc play in regulating mood, hormone, and immune system function.

Judith Bowman, MD co-founded Mensah Medical in 2008 with her colleague, Albert Mensah, MD. Dr. Bowman combines traditional medicine with the biochemical approach to treat the symptoms of behavioral and cognitive disorders, autism spectrum disorder, depression (including postpartum depression), anxiety, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other biochemical imbalances.

Listen to the full episode to hear:

  • Why zinc is critical for enzyme production, cell reproduction, and methylation
  • How zinc supports your body’s ability to regulate minerals and metals in your cells
  • Why a healthy balance of zinc and copper is essential for mood regulation
  • The testing that can accurately reflect your zinc and copper levels, and the tests that are often misinterpreted
  • Copper’s links to reproductive cancers and tumor growth

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1 thought on “EP 47: Does Zinc Supplementation Deplete Copper? with Dr. Judith Bowman”

  1. Great podcast! Can you please lead me a published study on zinc deficiency and premature graying of the hair? I can’t seem to find anything and since you mention it in your podcast I assume you have a citable source. Thank you.

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