Zinc is a mineral that is important to the body in many ways. Zinc helps to heal wounds and helps to keep the immune system strong. Zinc is found in the bones, and almost all the organs of the body, including the prostate and the testes. Low levels of zinc in your system could make you prone to frequent bouts of cold and flu, recurrent infections, and slow wound healing.
Studies have shown that if you have a zinc deficiency, animal foods are better sources of zinc than plant foods. Animal foods recommended include lean cooked beef and lamb, as well as lean cuts of pork and skinless chicken. Plant foods include beans, nuts, wheat germ, mushrooms, spinach and dark chocolate, which can also boost zinc levels.
The link between zinc and sexuality
Research at Yale University showed a clear relationship between zinc and testosterone levels. Several young men were fed a diet that included very little zinc so that they developed a zinc deficiency. After testosterone levels were measured, an almost 75% decrease was noted after the 20 weeks of a low-zinc diet.
A similar test was conducted on elderly men, except that they were fed a diet of foods high in zinc. The test results showed that in almost all the cases, the testosterone levels nearly doubled compared to the levels before going on the zinc-rich diet.
The consensus was that there is powerful evidence that zinc has a definite influence on testosterone production.
A common sexual problem
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the most common sexual issue men have to deal with. There are many reasons why this might occur, and it is always advisable to visit the doctor to get a diagnosis of why this might be happening. Sometimes an underlying medical problem might be the culprit. When no medical reasons are apparent, it could be a lack of nutrients, which may include low zinc levels. Zinc therapy is slightly different from other treatments for low T, as zinc treatment can improve the body’s natural levels of testosterone – but only if the person has a zinc deficiency.
Besides the sexual benefits, there are many other benefits for a good level of zinc in the system:
- A much stronger immune system.
- Zinc is essential to promote healthy growth and produce new cells, especially in the skin.
- The ability to cope with stress and anxiety will improve.
- The quality and mobility of sperm will be improved and boost the chances of conception.
- Zinc can help protect against vision loss.
All in all, it appears that zinc is a somewhat underrated mineral that is absolutely essential for life. The best way to get zinc into your system for sexual health and general well-being is to concentrate on foods that are high in zinc content, to keep your zinc at optimal levels.
Make a point of eating some zinc-rich foods on a daily basis to restore your energy levels and get your libido back on course.
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