5 Reasons to supplement Zinc

By Bryan Wolters Have you been wondering why there are Zinc supplements on the market? Do you want to know whether supplementing this compound can be of any use for you? Look no further, because here are five good reasons why to include a Zinc supplement in your diet!   1. It is an essential mineral; Cellular metabolism is highly dependent of zinc, making zinc play an important role in for instance growth, neurological function and reproduction. Cells deprived of zinc therefore show impaired function, and many important chemical reactions cannot take place.   Schiefertafel mit der chemischen Formel von Testosteron 2. Boost your testosterone; Adults deficient in zinc can suffer from hypogonadism, which is a state of below-par production of testosterone. As some of you may know, testosterone is not only of critical importance for one’s energy and mental state, but also for your body’s capacity to build muscle. Low testosterone levels leave you dragging your ass at work, feeling down and getting fat while losing muscle mass.   3. Boost your libido; Zinc has been reported to act as an aphrodisiac, but this cannot be backed by hard science. The increase in testosterone however is very real; and testosterone levels are directly linked to sexual desire. Faking a headache a bit too often lately? Maybe you’re just zinc deficient.   Zinc4. Enhance your immune system; Zinc helps regulate the immune system; it has reportedly shown anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects. Furthermore, secondary health issues like impaired wound healing and hair loss can also occur when you are zinc deficient.   5. Your diet doesn’t provide enough Zinc; Zinc is found in meat, eggs, vegetables and fish; however, many people – especially athletes – are zinc deficient. Athletes tend to be zinc deficient because the mineral is lost via sweating. Are you wondering how you can find out if you’re consuming sufficient zinc? Of course you can always have your blood tested, but doing a zinc taste test is much easier. At Evolve we recommend doing the Zinc Assay Taste Test by Premier Research Labs. Zinc Assay will taste bitter to those who have sufficient zinc levels, and it will taste like water to those who are zinc deficient. You can buy your Liquid Zinc Assay at Evolve Personal Health Institute.   References – Cousins RJ. Zinc. In: Bowman BA, Russell RM, eds. Present Knowledge in Nutrition. 9th ed, Vol. 1. Washington,  D.C.: ILSI Press; 2006:445-457. – Maret W, Sandstead HH. Zinc requirements and the risks and benefits of zinc supplementation. J Trace Elem   Med Biol. (2006) – O’Dell BL. Role of zinc in plasma membrane function. J Nutr. 2000;130(5S Suppl):1432S-1436S.  (PubMed) – Prasad AS. Clinical, immunological, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant roles of zinc. Exp Gerontol. (2008)

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