Your Ultimate Zinc Guide – Everything You Must Know
Zinc is an often overlooked mineral that plays a vital role in optimal health. Zinc is a catalyst for over 300 enzymes and involved in aspects of cellular metabolism meaning the more sufficient your levels are the better your energy! Lesser known benefits of zinc range from protein synthesis, testosterone production and immune system support; all key for supporting lean muscle mass.
Zinc is most popular in building lean mass due to its ability to increase testosterone production. One study showed of 88 men ages 40-60, those who had low testosterone had low levels of zinc whereas higher zinc levels were equated to normal testosterone levels.
Zinc functions as a co-factor to the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD) and signals the body to fight diseases. Poor immune function and low zinc levels are correlated to an increase in the common cold as well as the duration the host is affected for. Zinc not only helps from a cellular level inside our bodies but also outside through our skin!
Zinc deficiency is associated with impaired intestinal permeability (leaky gut) and a global decrease in gastrointestinal health ranging from nutrient absorption and a decrease in hormonal production. Zinc is also essential for the function of enzymes involved in protein metabolism, red blood cell production, mTOR pathway, and insulin sensitivity.
Zinc deficiencies are very common leading to a multitude of health inefficiencies and issues. When the investigators considered intakes from both food and dietary supplements, they found that 20%–25% of adults still had inadequate zinc intakes.
Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs)
Male – 25 mg
Female – 15 mg
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