Zinc is known as the “ultimate sex mineral”, zinc is essential for a man’s potency, fertility, sex drive and sexual health. It’s important for sperm production as well as healthy testosterone levels. In fact, multiple studies show that fertile men have significantly higher zinc levels and better sperm counts.
Zinc keeps your prostate healthy, too. While zinc is found in every organ, tissue and cell in the body, the prostate contain more zinc than any other tissue except bone. It protects against abnormal cell growth in the prostate and promotes a healthy libido.
But the health benefits of zinc aren't just limited to the male reproductive parts.
Zinc is important for the health of your entire body, too.
Zinc is one of the most crucial 'trace elements' that you need in your body. This forgotten mineral is involved in the production of at least 300 different enzymes in the body. It’s necessary for dozens of natural body processes from repairing cells and helping you sleep, to boosting immune function and keeping your digestion healthy.
There’s some evidence that zinc can help reduce the duration of colds and make symptoms less severe. It may also heal blemishes faster, reduce inflammation caused by acne and protect against skin problems like psoriasis and dermatitis.
Because zinc is an antioxidant mineral, it helps prevent all sorts of free-radical-driven diseases including vision problems, clogged arteries, sun-damaged skin, age-related macular degeneration , healthy glucose metabolism and abnormal cell growth to name a few. Zinc plays a key role in maintaining vision, and it is present in high concentrations in the eye.
And if you want to increase muscle mass, you need to take zinc. Zinc helps muscles grow back bigger and stronger after exercising, which is why it’s popular among body builders.
So many benefits from one mineral! And as important as zinc is for a man’s health—a remarkable 70% of men have deficient levels!
Men with low levels of zinc tend to have enlarged prostates and prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate). Other signs of zinc deficiency include poor sense of taste and smell, frequent colds and allergies, and low sex drive.
Where do you get zinc?
Zinc is found in many foods, including meat, poultry, oysters, beans, nuts, and dairy products. However, the body doesn’t make zinc on its own, and it’s difficult to get the high levels men need through diet alone. That’s why it’s important to take supplements containing this mineral. (Men need an RDA of 11 mgs of zinc per day).
Zinc is easily available in most multivitamin/multimineral formulas.