Zinc, an essential mineral, can be found in almost every cell in the body. It stimulates approximately 100 enzymes, which promote biochemical reactions in the body, from proper cell growth to testosterone production. This mineral is needed for helping wounds to heal, supporting a healthy immune system, and maintaining a sense of taste and smell. Also, zinc is necessary for DNA synthesis and also supports normal growth and development during pregnancy, childhood, and adolescence.
Found in a variety of foods, Zinc has a greater absorption from a diet high in animal protein than in plant protein. Good food sources for zinc include beans, red meat (including beef, liver, lamb, and pork), certain seafoods (especially oysters), poultry, fortified breakfast cereals, and dairy products. Red meat and poultry are the major providers in the average American diet. Note: The plant protein enriched foods contain phytates, which can decrease zinc absorption.
To avoid zinc deficiencies, it is necessary for the body to have adequate amounts of zinc so the body will have a healthy immune system and overall health. The elderly, vegetarians, and hard training athletes should be more concerned about having low levels of zinc. Active individuals and athletes are finding it necessary to use zinc to increase testosterone production. Basically, if you are an active individual, whether sports or sex function, zinc is probably one mineral you should definitely be using.
Zinc should be taken in doses of:
Reason for Use Dosage Daily Use 15 – 30 mg High-Intensity Training 25 – 30 mg Zinc Deficiency Correction 30 – 60 mg
It is recommended to take zinc with meals, however high-fiber or dairy-containing foods may impair absorption, so those foods should be avoided when taken.