June 6, 2020
"Think Zinc" - a micro-mineral with macro-health benefits...

Raymond Elias, hypnotherapist from Toronto, has served as guest host on my program many times. We had planned to do another broadcast together today.

Yesterday afternoon I called him and asked him if he had anything in particular he wanted to talk about.

He said he had been thinking about zinc (I mean, really, who isn't, right?) :)

Nutrient nerd that I am, however, I immediately agreed.

I love focusing on single nutrients and informing myself and others regarding their functions in the body and health benefits.

I also wanted to talk a bit out the trace mineral boron for men's health in particular. So... while most of today will be spent on zinc, we'll also briefly be talking about boron.

For men's health, making sure both of those are adequate is a huge plus.

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Health Benefits of Zinc
  • Supports immune function and may help fight colds and infections
  • Acts as a powerful antioxidant
  • Can help balance hormones
  • Helps fight diabetes
  • Helps maintain heart health by supporting blood vessels
  • Can help prevent diarrhea
  • Supports fertility
  • Aids in nutrient absorption and digestion
  • Supports liver health
  • Helps with muscle growth and repair
  • Supports vision and eye health
  • Can help decrease acne and promote wound healing
Zinc in the Diet
Who is at risk for low intake? Anyone following a plant-based diet ( vegan or vegetarian ) are usually at greatest risk since their diets eliminate the top zinc foods. Although, you will find nuts and beans in the list, some veggies...

People with digestive issues, especially inadequate stomach acid. This is because zinc is a nutrient that is absorbed during the stomach time of digestion, unlike most which are absorbed in the small intestine.
A 6.ounce serving of canned oysters supplies 154 mg zinc, or 1026 percent of the daily value. Canned oysters are so high in zinc that you should actually watch out for a zinc overdose if you consume them on a regular basis -- they contain more than the upper daily limit, which is 40 milligrams for adults. Avoid eating canned oysters every day to prevent a toxicity.
Some foods significant for zinc content
  • 6 oz canned oysters - 154 mg
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese - 4.11 mg
  • 3 oz lamb - 2.9 mg
  • 3 oz grass-fed beef - 2.6 mg
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas - 2.5 mg
  • 1/4 cup cashews - 1.9 mg
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds - 1.6 mg
  • 6 oz plain yogurt or Kefir - 1 mg
  • 3 oz chicken or turkey - 1 mg
  • 1 large egg - 0.6 mg
  • 1 cup mushrooms - 0.6 mg
  • 3 oz salmon - 0.5 mg
  • 1 TBS cocoa powder - 0.3 mg

This list is not exclusive... do your own research for more food sources of zinc if interested!
Boron for testosterone and men's health...
Boron Increases Testosterone 28%, Decreases Estrogen -39%
Boron is a trace mineral and is crucial to human health and boosted testosterone levels but oddly enough, there is no set recommended daily allowance (RDA).
That said, 10 mg supplemented daily appears to be the sweet spot for your testosterone, according to a recent study.
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