ZINC: What men need to know

Zinc has a big role to play in cancer prevention because it has such a powerful influence on female and male hormone balance – and more importantly upon whether hormones break down to harmless metabolites.

Testosterone in males (and females) should be broken down, after it’s used around the body, to substances that exit the body through the bile into the stools.  Without zinc (and B6 and sulphate) this doesn’t occur and testosterone goes down a different route to become dihydro-testosterone – a dangerous metabolite which over stimulates prostate tissue and leads to greater risks of prostate cancer.  The herb Saw Palmetto helps in a similar way. Continue reading

ZINC: A Finger In Every Pie!

Do you have more than one white spot on more than one of your finger nails?  If you do, you are most likely zinc deficient. You can also work out what event initiated the extra sudden drop in the body’s zinc status.  Nails take 3 months to grow from the quick to the end, so a spot 1/3 in, happened one month ago so think back and ask, was that when I had a flu? Or was it a big night out on lashings of alcohol, or was it an acute time of stress or a very poor eating? Begin to perhaps tune in to the body’s responses – what it likes and dislikes.  Note you can still be zinc deficient without zinc spots.

Zinc is the Grand Daddy of the trace minerals involved in all of the following very significant processes ion the body – it controls immunity, skin/hair/nail quality, prostate health, liver detox pathways, male and female sex hormone production, insulin production, attitude to food and appetite, neurotransmitter production, digestive enzyme secretion, thyroid function and wound healing. Continue reading

Magnesium – Are you deficient?

Do you experience ‘eye tics’? – They are those embarrassing moments when your eyelid feels like it is jumping for all the world to see? – Or, do you have any other muscles go into little pulsing spasms?

Significant magnesium deficiency is the primary cause of ‘tics’. It is also the main cause of cramps in calf muscles or anywhere else. Missed heart beats (ectopic) and benign tachycardias often respond to magnesium therapy, together with general fatigue , constipation, poor stress management and warding off migraines. Continue reading

Electrolytes – What are they?

The relevance of electrolytes to us as humans is that they are healthy salts required for just about everything our body chemistry does. They include ions of calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium and chloride.

Have you ever had the experience of drinking lots of water and not being able to quench your thirst, especially in a heat wave or when doing hard labour or exercise? In this case serious dehydration has already occurred; electrolytes have become deficient and the body has not been able to use the electrolytes to hold water in your body. Consequently you may notice yourself ‘peeing’ a lot! Continue reading

The Skin Drought!

Is your skin resembling the bottom of a parched dam? Does it soak up moisture like there is no tomorrow? Is your scalp dry and flaky BUT your ears are full of too much wax?

All of these signs generally represent nutrient deficiencies. It indicates a need for more vitamin A, E, C Beta-carotene, Omega 3 (Chia seeds and Fish Oil), Omega 6 (veggie oils and avocado), Omega 9 (Olive oil and flax seeds), Zinc (fish and seaweeds) and of course WATER (Fresh and un-chlorinated).  Continue reading

Magic Vitamin B12

Way before people register B12 deficiency on a blood test, their ability to use the B12 they have, has failed. This means they do not have ‘Pernicious Anemia’ BUT they do have a problem with lack of B12 in the right places. People in the ‘grey zone’ can be detected with the laboratory test that measures Methylmalonic acid (MMA). This metabolite rises in people with poor B12 usage.

For the last decade the directive from the USA has been, supplement for 6 weeks with sub-lingual B12 that absorbs through the mouth, and see if you feel better OR symptoms abate. If they do, then you were B12 deficient.  Continue reading

Folate: New Science

Folate takes its name from foligae. That’s because Folate is rich in all green vegetables and ‘foliage’. It’s old name was vitamin B9.

Most of us know that inadequate Folate can cause birth defects especially neural tube defects such as Spina-Bifida. BUT on a daily basis Folate does much, much more. In our western populace some 20 – 40% of people struggle to convert our green veggies into the active and usable form of Folate called 5MTHF (5-Methyl-Tetra Hydro Folate). This is because of a genetic defect in the enzyme, that does the conversion, called ‘Methylene Tetra-Hydro-Folate-Reductase’, or MTHFR for short. This defective gene is now able to be tested.  Continue reading