Zinc is an extremely powerful antioxidant that’s found in every tissue in the body! It keeps your endocrine (hormonal) system functionality up and maintains ideal levels of key hormones!
Due to the vital role zinc plays in endocrine function a deficiency can be the cause of low a libido and that’s no fun! Here are 6 reasons to stay on top of your zinc levels!
Size & Strength
Having adequate zinc levels in the body allows for the most optimal release of the three most anabolic hormones, testosterone, growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). Without this trio you won’t be increasing muscle size or strength to the greatest of your capability!
Female Reproductive Health
Proper zinc levels allow women to use estrogen and progesterone efficiently, when estrogen levels become too high it can lead to impaired reproductive health and breast cancer as well as poor body composition...zinc supports hormonal balance!
Male Reproductive health
Low zinc levels in men impairs testosterone levels and puts them at risk for developing prostate cancer, the prostate requires high concentrations of this mineral to function optimally!
Zinc boosts the immune system by up regulating T cell function. Whenever your body comes across a virus, bacteria or health challenge T cells come to the rescue, you want them at full capacity or your ability to fight off infection will be drastically impaired!
Zinc improves insulin sensitivity, which translates to your body dealing with the carbohydrates you eat more effectively. When your body handles carbs well you stay nice and lean, when it doesn’t your body fat percentage will rise!
Less Estrogen More Testosterone
I always advocate getting lean first and foremost and then attempting to add a bunch of muscle for a few reasons. The one that relates to zinc is that fat cells contain aromatase; aromatase converts your hard earned testosterone into estrogen. Zinc acts as an anti-aromatase…catchin my drift!?
A few zinc rich foods are various types of meat, seafood (especially oysters) and dairy. Vegetarians are at the highest risk for a zinc deficiency and therefore impaired sexual function. Alcoholics and people with digestive issues are also prone to inadequate levels due to heavy digestive distress and therefore impaired mineral absorption!
As you can see zinc is the (wo)manly mineral, make sure your levels are optimal so you can get the most out of your health, gym time and body composition goals!