Jost Chemical Manufactures Copper Compounds That Promote Health
Copper is a trace element also essential for the human body to function properly. Copper is present in all body tissues and plays a role in the formation of connective tissue, and in the normal functioning of muscles and the immune and nervous systems. The human body requires copper for normal growth and health. Copper, along with iron, is a critical component in the formation of red blood cells. Copper also influences the functioning of the heart and arteries, helps prevent bone defects such as osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, and promotes healthy connective tissues (hair, skin, nails, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels).
Copper deficiency is rare, but can occur in people who are severely undernourished or who have chronic diarrhea. Disorders that impair nutrient absorption, such as Crohn’s disease, can also lead to copper deficiency, as can high dietary intakes of iron or zinc. Signs of deficiency include bleeding under the skin, damaged blood vessels, hair loss, pale skin, and an enlarged heart. Symptoms include fatigue and, because copper plays a role in immunity, imbalances can make you more susceptible to infections.
Copper is toxic in large amounts, and acute poisoning can lead to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and even kidney damage, anemia and death. The toxic amount for adults is 10000 micrograms. One should not take more than that amount daily. For younger people smaller amounts become toxic.
Boron, vitamin C, selenium, manganese and molybdenum can affect levels of copper in the body. Zinc can lower copper stores, so it is often recommended to take supplemental copper (at a ratio of 1 to 10) if you take supplemental zinc.
Jost Chemical manufactures several copper compounds for dietary supplementation, including:
- Copper sulfate
- Copper gluconate
- Copper citrate
- Copper oxide
See a full list of Jost Copper product offerings here.
Jost Chemical also produces encapsulated versions of copper sulfate and copper gluconate to inhibit interactions between copper and other ions in a normal multivitamin. The encapsulated products inhibit bitter flavor from interfering with the taste of the other components in the finished product.
Jost Chemical Products — Copper
|Salt||Solubility %1||Metal Content %||Taste|
|Copper Sulfate Pentahydrate||31.60–203.3100||24.9–26.8||Sharp, bitter|
|Copper Gluconate Anhydrous||30||13.7–14.3||Mild, sweet|
|Copper Sulfate Anhydrous||14.3-75.4100||39.2–40.0||Sharp, bitter|
|Copper Citrate Hemi-Trihydrate||Insoluble||36.0–37.8||Mild|
|Copper Oxide Anhydrous||Insoluble||78.7–80.7||Mild|
Read more about how Jost Chemical’s mineral salts, such as copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, and zinc, support healthy living—in this white paper: The Importance of Minerals in the Long Term Health of Humans.