Dietary Advice

The diet booklet

Experts advise Wilson’s disease patients to reduce their dietary intake of copper:

  • to less than 1 mg/day at the start of treatment
  • to less than 3 mg/day once the disease has been stabilised

This booklet, compiled by the CRMR Wilson team at Hôpital Lariboisière, and notably by the dieticians Charlotte Henrio and Estelle Garcin, aims to offer advice on how to limit the amount of copper in your food, while ensuring that you eat a balanced diet.

Different foods (milk, meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, drinks, etc.) are presented as a function of their copper content.

  • Green column: these foods are allowed because they contain less than 0.30 mg of copper per 100 g or per helping
  • Yellow column: these foods should be eaten in moderation because they contain between 0.30 and 1 mg of copper per 100 g or per helping
  • Orange column: these foods should only be eaten occasionally and should be avoided until the disease has stabilised because they contain between 1 mg and 3 mg of copper per 100 g or per helping
  • Red column: these foods should be avoided because they contain more than 3 g of copper per 100 g or per helping

This document cannot be exhaustive but has taken account of the most common questions raised by patients.

The copper contents of foods are based on:

  • a book: The composition of foods – McCance and Widdowson’s. – 2002
  • assays performed by the Toxicology Laboratory at Hôpital Lariboisière (foods marked with an asterisk)

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Download the dietary advice

The book of low-copper recipes

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Mégane, a 20-year old patient and medical student, has proved she is also a creative cook and excellent photographer! She proposes delicious recipes for everyone: those who are not following a diet and those who suffer from Wilson’s disease and must try and eat low-copper foods throughout their lives.

23 sweet and 18 savoury dishes to be shared with friends and family. Simple and delicious recipes for guests or for everyday meals…. Mégane has focused on both options.

Download an extract from the book

Proceeds from the sale of this book will go to support research on Wilson’s disease and other heavy-metal diseases.
To purchase the book, click here.

Dietary supplements

compléments alimentairesWARNING: some dietary supplements contain high levels of copper.

Download a document which details the copper content of dietary supplements.

Ask your doctor or the CRMR Wilson before you use these supplements.

Enteral nutrition

Download a document that shows the copper content of the principal products used for enteral nutrition. (e.g. via a gastrostomy tube)