You can protect your cell from free radicals and increase your libido with zinc.
Every hour of the day, your cells are under attack. Normally, this is okay because your cells have a built-in DNA repair system that fixes any damage. But when your cells are undernourished, they can lose the ability to repair themselves. And that’s bad news.
Part of the reason for the explosion of cancer in modern times is because we’re not repairing our DNA. Our bodies aren’t getting enough of the nutrients we need to make this process work.
But you can help protect yourself with a simple mineral. The mineral is zinc.
Zinc was also part of the combination used in the eye study. They took 80 mg of zinc every day — 627% more than the RDA. This critical nutrient helps make your cell membranes healthy, influences your body’s hormone control and keeps your DNA organized.
When it comes to keeping you healthy, zinc is second only to iron in concentrations in the body. It helps in the production of hundreds of enzymes that are responsible for regulating your bodily functions.
The prostate has the highest concentration of zinc in the body. And a deficiency has been linked to inflammation of the prostate known as prostatitis.
Why Zinc Is Important
a) Zinc, like vitamin C, also has anti-aging benefits. It’s essential for making superoxide dismutase (SOD), the most potent antioxidant your body has.
b) It gives your skin a more youthful look, too. Zinc is essential for your body to use collagen, which makes your skin more resilient and elastic—to fight off wrinkles and saggy skin.
c) Zinc also keeps your vision sharp by transporting vitamin A to the retina, improving night vision. And it protects retinal cells from free radical damage while helping to slow down the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
The list of zinc’s crucial role in your health is long, including:
* Promote a healthy immune system
* Growth of reproductive organs
* Fertility and conception
* Prevent acne and regulate the activity of oil glands
* Aid in protein synthesis and collagen formation
* Cell reproduction and wound healing
* Perception of taste and smell
* Protect the liver from chemical damage
* Bone formation
* Maintain both vitamin E and vitamin A in the blood
You can easily prevent – and reverse – this damage to your DNA. An Aug. 2009 study by the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University shows that supplementing with zinc reverses cell damage.
Add this latest finding to zinc’s list of health benefits:
- Heart-health booster
- Essential to your prostate and sexual performance
- Can prevent pneumonia and speed the recovery from colds.
- Promotes wound healing.
How Much Zinc Do You Need
You need at least 30 mg per day – 60 mg is even better.
* A 12-oz steak can give you between 15 mg and 30 mg of zinc.
* Oysters and clams are also a great source of zinc and other minerals. A 3.5-oz serving of oysters has close to 40 mg of zinc.
Some good food sources of zinc are (MG per serving):
* Oysters, 6 medium: 76.7mg
* Beef shanks, cooked, 3 ounces: 8.9mg
* Crab, Alaska king, cooked, 3 ounces: 6.5mg
* Pork shoulder, cooked, 3 ounces: 4.2mg
* Chicken leg, roasted, 1 leg: 2.7mg
* Cashews, dry roasted, 1 ounce: 1.6mg
* Yogurt, low fat, 1 cup: 1.6mg
Unfortunately, your body can only absorb 15% - 40% of the zinc in food. Relying on food alone means you’re just not getting the minimum amount to prevent deficiency related disease - let alone enough to repair any mutation in your genes. You need to take a supplement.
Zinc picolinate is the most absorbable form of zinc. You need at least 30 mg a day to promote good health and reverse DNA damage and mutation.
Take your zinc supplement 1 hour before your meal or at least 2 hours after your meal. Certain foods can block the absorption of zinc.
Stay away from these foods for at least 2 hours after taking zinc:
- bran and other fiber-rich foods, foods that contain phosphorous such as milk and poultry, and whole grain breads and cereals.
And if you take other mineral supplements, such as copper or iron, space them about 2 hours apart. Zinc can interfere with the absorption of these minerals.
To avoid any of these problems, you can simply take your zinc supplement before you go to bed.