List of food rich in copper

Main foods rich in copper

When is it important to make a diet rich in copper?

Ingestion of high copper foods can be convenient in certain occasions (anemia, loss of hair, irregular heart beat, body frequent infections, LDL cholesterol, bone problems, skin sores, etc.) whereas it can be counterproductive in other anomalies, such as Wilson’s disease.

To know which foods contain a lot of copper is very important when someone has to choose between a high-copper diet or a low-copper diet.

What foods are rich in copper?

The main foods containing high amounts of copper are the following:

List of food containing a lot of copper

Viscera: liver, chicken, veal, pork, turkey, lamb, etc. Pates made from liver, kidneys, hearts, brains, sweetbreads.

Red meat: lamb, duck, goose, pork

Nuts, seeds and dried fruits: almonds, walnuts, raisins, hazelnuts, pistachios, sunflower seeds, opium seeds, Brazil nuts, cashews.

Legumes, especially chickpeas, lentils, beans, peas, and soybeans.

Vegetables: Broth from many vegetables, mushrooms

Cereals: Especially prepared for breakfast cereals containing more than 0.2 mg copper. Whole grains are rich in copper, such as oats, barley, rice, wheat, etc.

Vegetable protein: Meat and soy milk or soy products like tofu or soy flour.

Cocoa and cocoa products: Chocolate, cocoa, cookies, candy or ice cream containing cocoa or chocolate.


Dried fruits: prunes, raisins, dates, etc.


Seafood: squid, mussels, clams, prawns, shrimps, prawns, lobsters, oysters, snails, etc.

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Article updated on: 22 April, 2019

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