Copper Deficient!! What????!!!
Ok, so I recently had a "RBC, Copper" blood test done and my copper was low, below normal, out of range. This has both me and my doc completely baffled. I have been taking multi vitamins with copper and a separate multi minerals with copper regularly for years. I also eat nuts daily, which have significant amounts of copper. I also occasionally eat liver, which has lots of copper. But, despite all that, I started taking a separate copper capsule daily because my red blood cell count is chronically low despite having decent iron, ferritin, B12, and folate levels. I had read tha copper was also vital to avoding anemia so I added the copper supplement. (see http://www.cpnhelp.org/anemia_and_copper). After taking it a short time, despite seeing a slight jump in my RBC, I backed off the copper because everywhere I turned I read articles warning of copper toxicity, saying TOO MUCH copper is a widespread problem in America, not low copper. I started to worry I might be getting too much so I backed off. For a while I quit the extra copper completely but then my RBC dropped again. Being cautious I started taking the copper pills every other day instead of every day. But I was still concerned. So I had the doc do the copper test. How it came back as below normal is beyond me. But, considering I've also been taking 5,000iu of D for a year and my D levels still hover around 40 makes me think my digestive system is out of whack and I'm just not absorbing stuff. What can I do to improve my digestive system's absorption of nutrients?