Remember back to ’74( I wasn’t alive then) and you can recall the buzz that was in the air when the U.S. national academy of science declared that zinc benefits were so powerful that zinc needed to be an essential nutrient. Wait, no you don’t because zinc still doesn’t cause much of a big stir in the health and physique community.
Victor Conte, some of you may know that name, from BALCO and the whole Barry Bonds performance enhancing drug case. Well a few years ago Victor(he’s actually a very smart man) discovered, through various tests on athletes, that zinc deficiency was running rampant. After all, every time you sweat you lose zinc. It’s just a fact.
So fast forward about 10 years and zinc is marketed as a hormone enhancer since initial tests showed that when zinc was low then hormones were low. While I can see that, I think it’s just shortsighted to be honest. Zinc benefits range from everything to hormone enhancing (but not the way people market it) to various other vital health functions.
For one, and I always say this, the body runs off of enzyme processes. Think of it this way, the enzyme processes that I talk about are like train tracks. If there’s no train tracks then what happens to the train? Sure it can still move, albeit out of control, but after awhile it’s going to come to a halt. That’s enzyme processes in the body and that’s what a zinc deficiency does to us. People don’t get that about zinc benefits and why they need it.
Here’s just some of the diseases that zinc deficiency is present in.
- Malabsorption syndrome
- Chronic liver disease
- Chronic renal disease
- Sickle cell disease
Those are some well known diseases. What about your physique? While zinc isn’t going to directly increase your testosterone as some supplement companies would like you to believe, it will play a important role in hormone production. Zinc (and magnesium) will actually prevent your testosterone from being converted to estrogen during times to stress(work, gym, life). You see there’s a tug of war going on between testosterone and estrogen all the time in your body, not unlike the shaq and kobe feud a few years ago.
Most of the time, when you have a zinc deficiency, estrogen wins and starts a whole cascade of bad things like increased bodyfat, decreased muscle, increased colds, bone fractures and a host of other issues. Now one of the main benefits of zinc in the body is the ability to prevent this. So in a nutshell, zinc will keep testosterone at a healthy level.
Not to mention the fact that numerous studies have shown a direct correlation between zinc deficiency and weight gain as well as zinc deficiency and high blood sugar levels. So if you want to lose fat then adding zinc to your diet would be a good place to start.
So I hope I was able to point out that zinc benefits not just the athlete but everyone else who wants to live a healthy life. You see you don’t need to be in the gym four days a week to need zinc. It’s inexpensive but does your body a whole lot of good.
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