Zinc could be the single most important mineral for life, especially for men. Men and women have just about the same amount of zinc in all tissues of their bodies, with one exception: the male prostate gland contains and uses more zinc than any other tissue in the body.
The main transporter of zinc into prostate tissue is the amino acid arginine, a nutrient also found concentrated in the prostate gland. Binding zinc to arginine helps direct it to the tissue that has the highest requirement for the mineral. Without adequate zinc, sperm production decreases, and the general health of the prostate falters.
- Zinc is required for production of hormones needed for normal growth, development, maturation, reproduction and tissue integrity. You cant make new cells without it.
- Zinc stabilizes cell membranes, protecting them against oxidation. In that role, it is an anti-aging nutrient.
- Zinc potentiates the action of insulin, helping move sugar into cells. (So do chromium, vanadium, and manganese.)
- Zinc has been identified in several hundred enzymes and proteins. Zinc, as part of these enzymes, is critical to the metabolism of proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, mucopolysaccharides and carbohydrates.
Without adequate zinc, critical enzyme systems begin to break down. Sense of taste becomes less acute (an early warning of deficiency) or disappears, damaged tissue heals more slowly or not at all, digestion falters, growth and development slow, and aging accelerates.
The USDA has been measuring the dietary intake of a number of important nutrients for several decades. Current estimates place more than one-third of the U.S. population at risk for zinc deficiency. If a supplement is needed for mature men, we recommend zinc arginate, a supplement that supplies two nutrients found abundantly in prostate tissue, zinc and arginine. To that compound, we add phytosterols, fatty alcohols from plants (extracted from soy oil in this case) known to support healthy prostate function. A Mans Zinc is the zinc for the man of the house.
What evidence that tells us zinc is so important? You may be surprised.
- Zinc is essential to the normal growth and development of animals and humans. Frequently, simple zinc supplementation corrects unexplained slow growth in children.
- Zinc is a structural component of cellular RNA and DNA. You cant make new cells without it.
- Zinc stabilizes cell membranes, protecting them against peroxidation (oxidative damage). It plays a role here that is anti-aging and anti degenerative disease.
- Zinc potentiates the action of insulin, helping move sugar into cells. Chromium, vanadium, manganese, and lithium have also demonstrated this ability to balance blood sugar by normalizing insulins activity.
- Zinc is required for the synthesis of steroid hormones by the adrenal glands. One cannot grow or mature without steroid hormones.
- Zinc has been identified in more than 80 enzymes and proteins, giving evidence of its wide-ranging importance in metabolism (the sum total of life-giving biochemical events in the body).
- Zinc is essential for the structure and function of these enzymes.
- Zinc, as part of these enzymes, is critical to the metabolism of proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, mucopolysaccharides and carbohydrates.
- Zinc enzymes:
- Detoxify dietary and naturally occurring alcohols.
- Detoxify and remove carbon dioxide, thereby sustaining life itself.
- Are part of pancreatic enzymes responsible for the breakdown of proteins and peptides to their amino acid building blocks.
- Are responsible for the splitting and replication of DNA in cells during growth.
- Regulate cellular development, division and differentiation.
- Are essential for protein synthesis.
- Help control the strength, number of and effectiveness against disease of white blood cells.
- Are essential to the synthesis of new bone.
- Provide antioxidant protection within each cell as a structural and activating component of S.O.D (super-oxide dismutase).
- Zinc also increases the activity of many other enzymes (an effect that can also be achieved by several other metal enzymes).
A Man’s Zinc