F.E.B.S Anxiety & Depression
Quite a large number of females that attend our FEBS clinic here at The Nadura Clinic have mood imbalances that can be attributed in large to copper dysregulation.This can have a strong impact on our neurotransmitter levels in particular noradrenaline and dopamine. With excess copper over stimulating the production of noradrenaline and reducing dopamine production, the end product is:
•Feeling panicked 24/7 when there is physically no reason for this
•Poor energy levels
•Over analysing basic tasks & comments
•Can lead to paranoid
•Lacking confidence and self contentment
•Poor digestive health/function
The above result is one of our highest to date over the past decade. With a targeted advanced nutraceutical protocol in place this lady will start to feel the benefits within a number of week.One of the most common descriptions from woman who have copper dysregulation is a feeling of merely existing and not living. A specific blood test can determine if this in fact is an area that is causing your symptoms.
After we posted a post last night (22nd of Feb 2021) on social media we were inundated with requests for more detailed information on some of the technical detail of the mechanism’s of action, that cause these imbalances which may be attributed in large to copper dysregulation.
High level of % free copper: % free copper is generally within a range of 5%-15/20% maximum. Your levels of % free copper is 32% which considered high. Excess unregulated copper can cause a myriad of symptoms both emotionally and also physically. Normal physiology in times of stress will convert our dopamine levels to nor-adrenaline, this is carried out via an enzymatic process known as dopamine betahydroxylase. This enzyme is dependent on a number of nutrients with copper being a major one. This enzyme works perfectly fine when we have control and regulation of our copper levels, however when our % free copper increases so does the frequency of this enzyme meaning we can be converting quite a lot of our dopamine into nor adrenaline causing much anxiety, panic and worry.
Our copper is regulated by two main proteins in the body, ceruloplasmin and metalothionein (MT). Ceruloplasmin works but chaperoning our copper in our blood while MT works by regulating copper in our gut, liver and also our brains. Research is now being carried out on MT and scientists are quite sure that this will be a genetic error or weakness (SNP) in its production. MT also have many other roles in our body, it also regulates all minerals and metals with the exception of iron, a strong antioxidant, enhances intestinal and brain barrier function, development of the immune system, regulation of stomach PH, production of enzymes (particularly enzymes required to breakdown gluten and dairy), delivery of zinc to our cells to name a few. From a physical aspect copper can interrupt all three mechanism of energy production causing much fatigue and poor energy regulation.
Because copper is a strong oxidant it can damage our mitochondria of our cells which again causes disruption to energy production. Coper is involved with the conduction of energy, therefore our nerves all over our body (brain, central nervous system, gut & joints etc) can be over stimulated causing pain and fatigue over a period of time. High copper, because of its involvement in energy conduction, clients with higher copper often describe an intimate love for music and can be quite musical and creative. Copper has a direct relation with our female hormones, more so oestrogen. When oestrogen rises copper will rise also and vice versa in the majority of cases. This is why copper dysregulation can cause a lot of hormone symptoms including: painful periods, heavy periods, migraines, fibroids, and endometriosis. Another major role of copper is its role in angiogenesis (the creation of new blood vessels), this is mainly when a pregnancy occurs copper levels in all females will double in order to create a new channel of blood vessels to grow a developing foetus. The problem here arises after birth when those copper levels should reset within 48 hours after delivery, for woman with copper dysregulation this doesn’t completely reset. This can be the cause of a high percentage of post natal depression, and what we now know is that the higher level of copper can be passed form mother to baby. Because copper can create new blood vessels this can cause many migraine symptoms and frequency. Copper is also a vital component for tumour formation and growth specifically, so it is vital that copper is within regulated levels to prevent angiogenesis and possible potential cancer developments down the line.