Zinc - An Essential Mineral
responsible for so many body functions. Zinc concentrates in the
reproductive glands where it aids in normal fetal development and sperm
maturation. It is especially important in the prostate gland where
supplemental zinc has been shown to decrease prostate inflammation. Zinc is
a regulator of the immune system ensuring that cells for identifying and
killing microbes, viruses and cancerous cells are in good working order.
Zinc is a cofactor for the antioxidant system superoxide dismutase (SOD).
Zinc also speeds wound healing and is used for the healing of burns and
surgical incisions. Zinc is involved in the sensory organs, the eyes, nose
and taste buds.
Zinc also regulates the activity of insulin, for blood sugar control, thyroid
hormone, for metabolism and the digestion of sugar and protein. Natural
health practitioners use zinc for a variety of health concerns including;
acne, benign prostatic hyperplasia, colds, flus, diabetes, diaper rash,
stomach ulcers, macular degeneration, impotence, osteoporosis, eczema and
Getting up frequently at night, pain in the groin, painful urination, and
reduced sexual function - all symptoms of common prostate conditions.
prostate is the organ responsible for producing the fluid part of seminal
emissions, helping to control the flow of urine, and for the contractions
that cause ejaculation during orgasm. It’s no wonder that when a man has a
concern with his prostate that it can be troublesome.
Prostate problems occur when the gland becomes infected or swollen. The
most common prostate condition is benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). It
occurs in men over the age of fifty (but can occur earlier) due to hormonal
imbalances, heredity, poor diet, nutrient deficiencies or high cholesterol.
The growth of malignant or benign tumours can also cause prostate
swelling. Your PSA level (prostate specific antigen) can indicate the degree
of enlargement; it can also indicate whether or not you are at risk for
cancer. Make at least yearly appointments past age forty for this test.
Are You Deficient?
One of the first signs of zinc deficiency can be altered taste and
smell. Zinc levels are decreased by diarrhea, kidney disease, liver disease,
alcoholism and diabetes. Zinc is not absorbed when it is consumed with
fibre, phytates (found in grains and legumes), hard water, calcium, copper
and iron. Zinc is lost through perspiration so supplementation may be
helpful for athletes, those who live in hot climates and those who regularly
use saunas or steam rooms. Zinc is depleted by the following medications:
oral contraceptives, some diuretics, ulcer medications, antiviral medication
and some antibiotics. Much of our food is deficient in zinc due to poor
soil levels of the mineral. Food processing techniques destroy zinc.