Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Doctors sometimes recommend limiting the amount of copper you consume in your diet during the first year of your treatment for Wilson's disease. As your signs and symptoms recede and the copper levels in your body drop, you may be able to include copper-containing foods in your diet.

Copper-containing foods

Foods that contain high levels of copper include:

  • Copper-containing vitamin and mineral supplements
  • Liver
  • Shellfish
  • Mushrooms
  • Nuts
  • Chocolate
  • Dried fruit
  • Dried peas, beans and lentils
  • Avocados
  • Bran products

Copper in tap water

Have your tap water's copper levels tested if you have copper pipes in your home or if your water comes from a well. Most municipal water systems don't contain high levels of copper.

If you have copper pipes, run the tap for several seconds before collecting water for drinking or cooking. Water that sits in the copper pipes can pick up copper particles. Running the water flushes that contaminated water out of the pipes.

Sep. 23, 2011