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May 3, 2022

Copper : Zinc Ratio - More Than the Sum of Its Parts

Evaluating the ratio of copper to zinc in the blood may be better than looking at each one separately. An increasing copper:zinc ratio (CZr) often means an excess of copper and insufficiency of zinc which is associated with inflammation, infection, and metabolic dysfunction. A decreased CZr may indicate copper insufficiency and possible zinc toxicity. 

Calculating The Ratio

Good news! The Copper: Zinc ratio is now in the Optimal DX software. The ODX software will automatically calculate the ratio when both serum copper and serum zinc are added. This means that there is no need to do any calculations prior to data entry as the software will do this for you. Enter the results for both serum copper and zinc and the software will do the calculation for you and now show the result in the Blood Test Results Report:

copper zinc ratio

However, if you simply want to do the calculation manually then please follow these instructions:

  1. First off, the serum copper must be in ug/dl unit (micrograms/dl)

  2. The serum zinc must be in ug/dl unit (micrograms/dl)

  3. The ratio is calculated by dividing the Serum Copper result by the Serum Zinc result, i.e. 75 / 85 = 0.88
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Is the Copper:Zinc ratio included in the Optimal DX software?

Yes! Optimal DX now calculates the ratio if both serum copper and zinc are added. This allows for the Copper:Zinc ratio to show on your patient’s Functional Health Reports.

Want to Learn More?

CLICK HERE to learn more about the copper:zinc Ratio


Tag(s): Biomarkers

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