What is Zinc?
Zinc is an essential trace mineral involved in literally thousands of bodily functions, ranging from muscle protein synthesis and cell growth to boosting immunity wound healing. It is potentially involved in more bodily functions than any other mineral.
Why Do I need Zinc?
Zinc is strongly recognised for the role it plays to promote a healthy immune system and overall good health.
Zinc is needed for the proper growth and maintenance of the human body. It is found in several systems and biological reactions, and it is needed for immune function, wound healing, blood clotting, thyroid function, and much more. Meats, seafood, dairy products, nuts, legumes, and whole grains offer relatively high levels of zinc Zinc itself is an essential trace mineral that has a whole host of benefits, from contributing to the maintenance of normal testosterone levels in the blood, to contributing to the maintenance of normal skin and even to contributing to normal protein synthesis. Deficiency in Zinc has also been shown to be detrimental to physcial performance; so for any hard training individual – it’s a must!
Do I Need To supplement With Zinc?
It is strongly recommended that active individuals pay particular attention to their zinc levels as it particularly effective in the fight against free radicals and can be lost through sweating. Several studies, from as early as the eighties, have found that Zinc levels can be compromised in hard training athletes. Zinc is involved in the activity of over 300 enzymes; as such, deficiency can be detrimental to performance. It’s important, then, for anyone that trains on a regular basis, to ensure they are consuming sufficient Zinc to support these processes.
Zinc also contributes to normal macronutrient metabolism, including normal protein synthesis, which is the biological process that enables cells to build specific proteins. In addition, Zinc also contributes to normal cognitive function, which may be of benefit for anyone taking part in a sport that requires a high level of concentration and/or skill.
As mentioned, Zinc contributes to the maintenance of normal testosterone levels in the blood. This has obvious benefits for males, both inside and outside the gym.