The Zinc Supplement - Should You Bother?
There's a ton of different supplements out there, from protein powders to pre-workout potions, fat burners, testosterone boosters and more.
Most of them are overpriced pieces of junk, marketed at your lethargic nature.
If you check the label on any number of these bodybuilding supplements you'll soon see just how shady they are - with bogus claims from in-house studies, yet no definitive list of ingredients of dosages in the supplement.
Forget those shady pills and potions, as there's a number of inexpensive supplements out there that're simple, spartan and have stood the test of time.
Zinc is one of those supplements.
For the last three years I've been supplementing with between 100mg and 150mg of Zinc per day.
After a couple of months of daily use I found myself wondering why every guy doesn't already supplement with Zinc - but because zinc is just that, zinc - a basic vitamin there's no lucrative loop hole or sexy marketing campaign the supplement giants can push, so the benefits of zinc supplementation continue to fly under the radar.
The zinc supplement I use is Zinc Picolinate by NOW Foods.
5 Big Benefits Of Taking A Zinc Supplement
Sonny deemed zinc to be the most important mineral for men, and I don’t disagree, here's the benefits you'll reap from using a zinc supplement:
Increase Strength & Performance In The Gym
There's no debate over whether zinc improves strength and performance, as zinc is linked to hormone production having sufficient or surplus levels of zinc in the body (especially after you've been in a zinc deficit) results in increased testosterone, growth hormone and IGF-1 production. Without adequate zinc our hormone production is hindered and as a result we struggle to gain muscle, strength and the energy required to do so.
When we flip the coin and boost our zinc levels you'll be ramping up that production and tearing through your workouts.
Studies also suggest our post workout recovery time is improved due to the hormones produced after your workout thanks to the help of zinc supplementation.
Boost Your Testosterone Levels & Help Your Hormones
Low zinc is directly correlated with low testosterone levels.
Not only is this an issue when it comes to trying to build muscle and remain energetic, but risk of prostate cancer, infertility and low libido.
As mentioned above, testosterone, growth hormone and IGF-1 production are all increased after several weeks of zinc supplementation.
If your zinc levels are currently deficient you'll notice the biggest difference as this increase in male hormone production will send your libido through the roof (which is also another reason many guys love supplementing with zinc!)
Improve Your Immune System Health
Poor immune system function along with forms of cancer (for men, specifically prostate cancer) can be greatly reduced when zinc levels are sufficient.
The easiest way to get sufficient zinc levels is via supplementation.
There's many other minerals out there that're easy to hit our quota directly via whole foods, unfortunately zinc is not one of them, unless you find yourself eating a lot of oysters and shellfish!
Increase Insulin Sensitivity
In order to maintain good insulin health adequate zinc levels are required.
How does zinc assist insulin health? Well, zinc binds to insulin - ensuring it is stored adequately in the pancreas and is released when glucose (sugar) enters your blood stream.
Zinc is also known to be an anti-inflammatory, as a result of this via zinc supplementation we're able to assist in removing substances resulting in inflammed cells (in essence, zinc assists in maintaining cell health).
Feel More Energetic & Alive While Decreasing Feelings Of Depression
Dopamine, the feel good chemical that we feel when we're enjoying an experience is partially regulated by your zinc level.
Surpressed dopamine and low testosterone levels will have you surviving, but not thriving.
Increased libido, an increase feeling of well-being, decreased symptoms of depression and more energy to crush your day are all by-products of elevated zinc levels.
Now, don't expect to buy a bottle of zinc picolinate, pop a pill or two and expect to see yourself bursting with energy with a libido through the roof and increased perform in the gym within the first dose, day or week. From my experience and research after 4 weeks you'll find yourself experiencing the benefits I've mentioned here.