No effect of copper supplementation on biochemical markers of bone metabolism in healthy adults

Aimi Baker, Eithne Turley, Maxine P. Bonham, Jacqueline M. O'Connor, J. J. Strain, Albert Flynn, Kevin D. Cashman

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The influence of Cu supplementation of the usual diet for 6 weeks on biochemical markers of bone turnover and on putative indices of Cu status was investigated in healthy adults (twelve male and twelve female) aged 22-46 years, who participated in a double-blind placebo-controlled repeated crossover study. The study consisted of three 6-week supplementation regimens of 3 mg CuSO4, 3 mg Cu-glycine chelate (CuGC), and 6 mg CuGC, each separated by placebo periods of equal length. During baseline and on the last day of each dietary period, fasting morning first-void urine and fasting blood serum, plasma and erythrocytes were collected. The habitual dietary Cu intakes in males and females were approximately 1.4 and 1.1 mg/d respectively. Females had significantly higher (50%) plasma caeruloplasmin (Cp) protein concentrations than males at baseline. Cu supplementation had no effect on erythrocyte superoxide dismutase (SOD, EC activity or plasma Cp protein (putative indices of Cu status) in the total group. Similarly, serum osteocalcin (a marker of bone formation), urinary creatinine (Cr) concentration, urinary pyridinoline:Cr or deoxypyridinoline:Cr excretion (markers of bone resorption) were unaffected in either the total group or in males and females separately, by any Cu supplementation regimen. It is concluded that Cu supplementation of the usual diet in healthy adult males and females had no effect on biochemical markers of bone formation or bone resorption over 6-week periods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-290
Number of pages8
JournalBritish Journal of Nutrition
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 25 Oct 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Biochemical markers
  • Bone
  • Copper

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