Copper peptides are lab-synthesized with the express purpose of being applied to the skin. As such, there is no such thing as a food source of copper peptide. However, copper itself (the trace mineral from which copper peptides are made) is a vital component of a healthy diet. Copper is a trace element found in every human cell.
Created For Skincare
To make copper peptides, the copper is linked with tiny pieces of protein called peptides in a laboratory. The resulting compound delivers faster wound healing, more efficient collagen production, and readier absorption of antioxidants through the skin. Copper peptides are promoted as a treatment for anti-aging and acne control, though they are not FDA-approved as such.
Copper In Food
Many whole foods act as good sources for the copper mineral. Among these foods are whole grains, shellfish, nuts, legumes, and green, leafy vegetables. Copper is also introduced into the diet through more passive means (for example, copper water pipes and cookware), which leave small amounts of the mineral in the food and water that come in contact with them.
Vegetarianism And Copper
In 2001, Janet R Hunt and Richard A. Vanderpool reported two things in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Firstly, their study found that vegetarian diets tend to contain higher levels of copper than non-vegetarian diets. Secondly, the efficiency with which the vegetarians actually absorbed the mineral was not as high. Since the gross amount of copper was higher for the vegetarians, however, the scientists did not see a potential for deficiency.
Copper deficiency used to be rare; after all, the human body only requires a tiny two mg per day to run at optimum levels. However, because the modern diet is lacking in the whole foods that deliver a healthy amount of copper into the diet, cases of copper deficiency are on the rise. Deficiency has a wide range of symptoms, from cardiovascular to metabolic, and is life-threatening.
Copper Peptide Supplementation
If it’s skin-supporting copper peptides you’re seeking, see your dermatologist to get a good recommendation for a copper-peptide-containing skin preparation. There is no copper peptide supplement available to be taken by mouth, as it is formulated for topical application.
References and ResourcesThe Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine. Ed. Jacqueline L. Longe. Vol. 1. 2nd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2005. p540-543.
Mayo Clinic copper facts re: skincare uses
Janet R Hunt and Richard A. Vanderpool study