Zinc may be the very last entry on the alphabetical list of minerals, but considering how important it is to men's health, it should be number one. Your prostate gland contains and needs a high level of zinc for optimal function. Zinc also directly affects your testosterone levels, and it's no secret how vital testosterone is for stamina, libido, and vigor. There are several more benefits to explore, but before we get to them, let's dig a little deeper into the basics of zinc.
Zinc is a critical micronutrient that is necessary for the function of every human cell. Prostate cells, however, need more zinc than cells elsewhere in your body. Zinc actively participates in several different functions and reactions, most notably in your immune system. It also participates in the synthesis of DNA and protein, cell metabolism, wound healing, smell, and taste.
Zinc deficiency is associated with a high risk of illness and disease. In severe cases, the side effects can be diarrhea, hair loss, weight loss, mental fogginess, delayed wound healing, and impotence.
Some foods contain high levels of zinc include oysters. One 3 ounce serving of oysters contains 500% of the recommended daily allowance. No food matches the oysters' reputation as an aphrodisiac, and some experts say it's the zinc in oysters that gives it its sexual potency. Other good sources for zinc include crab, cashews, chickpeas, peanuts, beans, fortified cereals, and chicken.
A lot of research has gone into the role zinc plays in your prostate health. All studies agree that zinc is present in the cells that make up the prostate gland, and it’s at much higher concertation compared to all other parts of the body. Zinc deficiency has been shown to increase the likelihood of developing Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), while studies show that supplementing with adequate levels of zinc may help reduce BPH symptoms.
Zinc promotes and supports your natural testosterone levels, and a study done in 1996 showed a clear connection between testosterone levels and zinc. For 20 weeks, young men ate a low zinc diet. By the 20th week, the men showed a 75% drop in their testosterone levels. Conversely, that same study showed increased zinc consumption almost doubled testosterone levels for older men.
Many men who have erectile dysfunction (ED) do not have low levels of testosterone. Diabetes, nerve damage, injury, heart disease, and stress can all cause ED. At the same time, insufficient testosterone can cause erectile dysfunction in some men and can be traced back to low levels of zinc.
Zinc may boost your brain health. Studies show that high levels of zinc may protect against brain diseases such as epileptic seizures, schizophrenia, and even alcoholism. Research done at MIT and Duke discovered that zinc supports a process called long-term potentiation, which is key to memory and learning.
Zinc provides critical support for the immune system. According to the European Journal of Immunology, zinc helps activate T-cells in the human body. T-cells are responsible for controlling and regulating your immune system response. You'll notice that many over the counter cold remedies include zinc due to its ability to enhance immune function and fight inflammation.
A review of several zinc studies showed lozenges containing up to 92 mg of zinc decreases the number of days of the common cold by up to 33%. And finally, zinc has been shown to help protect against viruses, toxins, bacteria, and other harmful agents from crossing the blood-brain barrier.
Research shows that taking zinc in supplement form may enhance your immune function and help keep your heart, eyes, and skin healthy. Depending on the reason why you're taking zinc should determine the amount.
One study involving 50 older adults found that taking 45 mg of zinc reduced the number of inflammation markers and reduced the frequency of infections. Another study involving 72 people with macular degeneration that received 50 mg of zinc daily for three months slowed the disease's progression. Experts do agree that it's best not to exceed 50 mg a day in supplement form.
Many men take zinc supplements to support their prostate health. Supplementing with a potent prostate support supplement like Prostavol’s Prostate Support provides ample amounts of zinc along with research-based, all-natural ingredients that can help reduce enlarged prostate symptoms while also supporting your overall health.
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