Copper

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Copper

Copper (Cu)

Latin name: Cuprum

Products of copper

Common CompoundsCopper Chloride: CuCl2Copper Sulfide: CuSCopper Sulfate: CuSO

Historical Background* Copper is a chemical element with the symbol Cu. Atomic Number: 29. Atomic Weight: 63.546 amu (atomic mass unit).*Copper is man’s oldest metal, dating back more than 10,000 years. A copper pendant discovered in what is now northern Iraq has been dated to about 8,700 B.C.* Copper maximizes the performance of the products that contain it, helping save energy, CO2, money and lives.

Why copper is marketable!* most maketable in pennies as well as being sold as wire.* It is unique because it is one of the major metals used in everyday life.

Watch OutDanger!

Too much copper can cause nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, headache, dizziness, weakness, diarrhea, and a metallic taste in the mouth. Copper toxicity is rare but can cause heart problems, jaundice, coma, and even death. Do not use copper supplements if diarrhea is present.

Effects

Studies investigating oral absorption of copper have found the percentage absorbed ranging from 24-60 percent. Factors affecting the amount absorbed include the amount of copper in the diet and competition with other metals found in food such as iron and zinc. There are no studies examining inhalation exposure to copper. The amount of dermal absorption is also not known, but a few studies indicate that it is very low.

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