Zinc deficiency is prevalent throughout the world, including North America. Zinc is an antioxidant, and has been shown to improve the immune system, the skin and balance hormones. In men, zinc is extremely important because even moderate zinc deficiency is associated with low testosterone in men.
In addition, zinc is an important nutrient for prostate health. Here are 3 reasons why every man should make sure that they are getting enough zinc.
- Increases testosterone production
Zinc not only improves testosterone production on its own. It also helps to decrease conversion of testosterone to estrogen in the body, and increase testosterone utilization in the body. This can help to increase libido, improve sperm production, decrease body fat, improve mood, and increase muscle mass. Simple supplementation for 3-6 month can significantly boost testosterone, even in older males whose testosterone production is naturally lower.
- Promotes prostate health
Zinc helps regulate the balance between testosterone and a closely related hormone dihydroxytestosterone (DHT) both of which have been shown to stimulate the growth of prostate cells. Studies have shown that reduced tissue or plasma levels of zinc have been associated with Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH) and possibly prostate cancer.
- Improves Fertility
Zinc is an important nutrient for the production and development of sperm. Insufficient amounts can decrease number of sperm, sperm mobility and create defects in sperm that may increase risk of miscarriage.
Before you supplement with zinc you should consult a naturopathic doctor. Too much of anything isn’t good!
Replacing zinc without replacing other important minerals can lead to their depletion; and extremely high amounts can cause issues with cardiovascular health and may be associated with prostate issues.
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Dr. Lisa Maddalena, ND