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