Zinc is an essential mineral perceived by men today and the public in general as an essential element for humans and other animals because of its public health importance. Zinc deficiency affects about two billion people in the developing world and is associated with many diseases. In children, deficiency causes growth retardation, delayed sexual maturation, infection susceptibility, and diarrhea.
If you are into healthy living, you need zinc for your immune system to function properly and for cell division helping the enzymes break down food and other nutrients and working together with enzymes that build proteins.
Zinc deficiency is known to lower your serum testosterone concentration stopping the pituitary gland from being able to release the stimulating hormones that stimulate testosterone production in the testicules. A mild zinc deficiency can reduce the number of androgen binding sites and the unbound testosterone in the blood stream then becomes converted to estrogen in the liver; at the same time the number of estrogen receptors increases.
Sometimes you’ll know if you have a zinc deficiency if you notice changes in the way you taste or the way you smell. Sometimes food just doesn’t taste the same, or you feel like you just can’t taste it or smell it at all. This is a good sign of a zinc deficiency. So, you should be taking 22 and a half to 50 milligrams of zinc everyday, and you can get that through a zinc supplement or through foods you eat.
New cells reproduce through cell division, known as protein synthesis. Enzymes primary component is zinc which is indispensable in this synthesis process. Cell division almost never occurs smoothly if there is a deficiency of Zinc. Zinc deficiency prevents normal development, and can stunt growth in children.
Health Issues related to low levels of Zinc in men
Hair Problems: A lack of ZINC STORES in the body can be a key contributing factor to a variety of hair and/or scalp related disorders and concerns: brittle, loss, premature graying, slow growth, and even dandruff. The anti-dandruff shampoos on the market are usually high in zinc, but I can’t speak for their effectiveness.
Zinc fights excess estrogen and ramps up sex drive: When we don’t get enough zinc levels of the aromatase enzyme rise and we begin to experience weakened sex drive, reduced muscle mass, lower energy levels and increased body fat. Men with too much estrogen often develop minor issues such as bloating and get a fatty build up around their nipples. These problems can be eliminated by taking extra zinc.
One of the best ways men can protect themselves from getting prostate problems is to make sure they eat a high zinc diet so that estrogen levels in the body are kept low. The most important mineral for a man’s reproductive and sexual health. When a marginal zinc deficiency is corrected you can expect your sex drive to greatly improve and your semen volume to increase.
Zinc is very important for a woman’s sex drive too, but not nearly as important as it is for men who lose zinc every time we ejaculate!
Where to find zinc
The best food source of zinc is oysters, followed by beef chuck roast and crab. Animal-sourced foods (meat, fish, shellfish, fowl, eggs, dairy) provide zinc. The concentration of zinc in plants varies with the level in the soil. With adequate zinc in the soil, the food plants that contain the most zinc are wheat (germ and bran) and various seeds (sesame, poppy, alfalfa, celery, mustard). Zinc is also found in beans, nuts, almonds, whole grains, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and blackcurrant. Of course, dietary supplements are also a great source, especially for vegetarians.