A number of stories and legends are related to the most famous seducer of all times, and it remains a fact that he was a seducer by whom all others are measured and he literally swept women off their feet. But in order to meet high standards (of his own), he regularly ate ten raw eggs, rich in mineral zinc and proteins, not to mention oysters. This is important information because high levels of zinc are reported to work as an aphrodisiac. So there lies the mystery of Casanova’s conquests – eating zinc-rich foods ensured him a significant level of testosterone which, as we all know, plays a vital role in sexual libido and that helped Casanova with winning so many women. But, perhaps you were not familiar with the fact that women as well need testosterone, of course, not in the same levels as men, but this hormone ensures women more strength and energy.
However, a function of the mineral zinc in our body is far from simple. Zinc is involved in more than three hundred enzyme activities in the body and it plays an essential role in hormone production in addition to being responsible for proper brain functioning and protecting our body from harmful effects of free radicals. All this is only a part of a wide variety of tasks our body performs thanks to zinc. For this reason, it is important to eat zinc-rich foods, i.e. include whole grain foods, nuts and seafood into our diet. How important zinc is for our body is best explained through an example: zinc affects protein synthesis required for normal function of white and red blood cells and also plays a role in neurotransmitter synthesis in the brain. In fact, zinc is active everywhere in the body since participation in protein synthesis means it is found in every tissue in the body and thus, it is directly involved in cell division. This immune boosting mineral is what our body needs to efficiently fight everyday infections, and it is also useful for the healing of wounds.
Zinc is a critical mineral for men, especially when it comes to prostate health and fertility since the highest concentration of zinc is found precisely in the male organ. On the other hand, sufficient amount of zinc helps women ease PMS and menstrual cramps.
Furthermore, an average adult gets cold 3 – 4 times a year. A runny nose, difficult breathing, headache and a persistent cough can really make your life harder. The only truly effective body protection comes from zinc that will successfully protect the body from the common cold and flu virus, but even herpes virus. This is why zinc is a common ingredient in topical medications for oral herpes. Some studies suggest that zinc keeps cold viruses from multiplying. Also, high dose of zinc during the cold may significantly reduce the duration of cold symptoms. A combination of selenium and zinc effectively protects our body from invading viruses. This is particularly important for older people since zinc deficiency can be life-threatening for them.
How can you know if you are not getting enough zinc?
If you have white spots on nails, your hair falls out more than usual and your skin is either prone to acne or cracked, you might be suffering from zinc deficiency.
Daily recommended dose of zinc for adult men is 11 mg and 8 mg for adult women.
A varied diet is a winning formula in terms of health benefits that will ensure your body receives all the necessary nutrients, including zinc. The best food sources of this important mineral are peanuts, eggs, whole grains, dairy, Brazil nuts and walnuts, lens, beans, red meat (beef), turkey, tuna, crabs and oysters as the best-known food source of zinc. Your diet should also include high amounts of fresh fruits and veggies that also contain significant levels of zinc.
Translation: G. Dujmović