Disease LifeSource Vitamins
disease is a genetic disease that results in excessive accumulation of copper
in many parts of the body, particularly the liver. This condition is readily
treatable, but if Wilson's disease is left untreated, it can be fatal.
- Absent menstrual periods
- Repeated and unexplained
- Uncoordinated limb movements
- Unsteady gait
- Difficulty swallowing
- Joint pain
- Strange thought patterns and
Over the counter zinc supplements are sometimes used, but not in combinations
with the prescription medications used to treat Wilson's disease, due to
drug trientine (Syprine) is commonly used to remove excess copper. Oral
penicillamine (Depen), given with vitamin B6 to avoid depletion of the
vitamin, is also used.
providers also recommend a low copper diet.
Most foods contain at least some copper, so it is not possible to avoid the
metal completely. Foods high in copper, such as organ meats and oysters,
should be eliminated from the diet.
are relatively high in copper but are quite nutritious (e.g. nuts and
legumes)-these foods should be eaten in moderation.
contain significant amounts of copper but are important components of a
healthful diet, and dietary restriction may be neither wise nor necessary,
particularly if zinc is supplemented.
** All of these prescriptions below have been proven effective; level of
effectiveness depends on the individual. Please consult your doctor when
taking any and all supplements.