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Zinc Has a Big Game in Helping the Body On Several Playing Fields:  What are they?

  • Prostate Health: The prostate has more zinc than any other tissue in the body except bone. As men age, they exercise less and their diets change, causing them to fall short of the required daily allowance of Zinc.  And aging males have higher instances of enlarged prostate, inflammation of the prostate and higher prostate cancer rates.  Now you know that a handful of nuts or a dozen or so raw oysters can reduce your chance of getting prostate cancer.
  • Minimizes Cold Symptoms: Who would have known? The mineral gets into parts of the body where the cold virus attacks, making symptoms less severe. So if you get the sneezes, pop in a zinc lozenge and see what happens, how quickly you get back to battery.
  • Helps Fight Acne: Some forms of acne may be caused by a zinc deficiency, so whether you take it as a supplement or topical ointment, acne heals fasters, reduces inflammation and regulates the skin’s oil gland activity.
  • Baldness: Seems like zinc is primarily for men, huh? Well, zinc is not exclusively in men’s domain, but many of these preoblems are men’s exclusive problems. Men having a big lean cut of a juicy steak have less likelihood of baldness than those who eat the fatty cuts. This is because lean beef is loaded with zinc, like oysters. Of course, baldness could be enhanced by heredity or other mineral deficiencies.  Zinc can encourage hair growth by improving immune system functions. If you start losing your hair, start in on taking zinc and see how it improves overall manly things. (that is my opinion) A couple dozen on half shell, anyone?
  • Alcohol: Low zinc levels are related to alcohol induced liver damage. It reduces damage because it promoted the enzymes that dissipate alcohol. It has been found that zinc improves the antioxidant capabilities of the liver.                                                                                                                                                          Alcohol consumption drives down zinc levels in the thyroid, and that alone can create a plethora of medical problems.
  • Fight Infection: Zinc also not only increases the production of white blood cells that fight infection, but also helps them fight more aggressively. It also increases killer cells that fight against cancer and helps white cells release more antibodies. Zinc increases the number of infection-fighting T-cells, especially in elderly people who are often deficient in zinc and whose immune system may weaken with age.
  • Your Immune System: With Covid bouncing around. We need our immune system to be in tiptop condition and we need to neutralize the free radicals loose in our bodies.  Antioxidants such as zinc help neutralize these potentially dangerous free radicals. To get enough antioxidants, it is recommended to eat plenty of brightly colored fruits and vegetables, berries, citrus fruits, kiwi, apples, red grapes, kale, onions, spinach, sweet potatoes, and carrots.  Zinc increases the production of White blood cells that fight infection and helps them fight more aggressively.
  • Thyroid:  Zinc is a mineral that helps produce thyroid releasing hormones in the brain. Failure to do this results in low testosterone levels. If you’d dealt with low thyroid symptoms and consume any amount of alcohol, take zinc.
  • Cell Repair: Men are hard on their bodies, whether in the gym or in the yard, the more stress they put on our muscular skeletal system Most of our personal stores of zinc are found in our muscles where its role in cell building and repair is useful after strenuous activities. Activity breaks down muscle, rest helps build them back. Zinc is at the center of this activity, from providing proper structure to cells and proteins to helping us get the rest that the process requires.   (Material extracted from Medline, Mayo Clinic,)


What Foods Are Rich in Zinc?

The best way to make sure you’re getting enough zinc is to eat a well-balanced and varied diet including the following top 10 zinc-rich foods.

According to Botanic Choice, here are the ten top Zinc Rich Foods.

  1. Oysters contain extremely high amounts of zinc, but Alaskan crab, shrimp and mussels are also good choices. Always be sure to cook all shellfish thoroughly.
  2. Meat and poultry.Loaded with protein, beef, pork, lamb, and chicken legs and thighs offer a decent supply of zinc. Please note that eating large amounts of red meat, especially processed meats, has been linked to heart issues, so choose lean cuts.
  3. Legumes. A great zinc option for vegetarians, legumes like chickpeas, lentils and beans are also low-fat, high-protein and packed with vitamins, mineralsand fiber.
  4. Nuts and Seeds.Add some crunch to your day with these tasty treats. Toss pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds or pine nuts into a salad or snack on cashews, pecans or peanuts. Hemp seeds contain a significant amount zinc along with healthy fats and can be added to soups, yogurt or eaten plain.
  5. Milk and cheese have high amounts of absorbable zinc and are important for bone strength.
  6. Adding eggs to your diet will help you meet your daily zinc goal while also offering other vitamins and minerals including B vitamins, choline and selenium.
  7. Whole grains. Packed with fiber, vitamins and minerals, including zinc, whole grains are a great addition to your daily diet. Look for zinc-rich grains like quinoa, rice, wheat and oats.
  8. Dark chocolate.What a sweet surprise but go easy! Dark chocolate is high in calories and sugar but is a good zinc source. The darker the better. Look for 70-85% cacao for maximum amounts.
  9. Mushrooms.Low calorie and a good source of zinc, mushrooms, particularly shiitake, also provide other vital vitamins and minerals.
  • Some vegetables.Generally speaking, vegetables are a poor source for zinc, with a few exceptions. Regular and sweet potatoes, green beans and kale contain small amounts. Regardless, veggies are good choice for a heart-healthy

The Epic of Zinc

            There you have it. Zinc, the great, the manly mineral. I put it in a three article box and tied with a ribbon.  So, if you love steak like I do, and eat a lot of it, and if you love raw oysters on the half shell, like I do, you will never be shy of having enough zinc. Keep Custom Nutra in mind also as your source of supplements, as it has the top in quality and manufacturer integrity.

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