When I first started my research on Zinc, I’ll be honest here, I thought it was just another boring nutrient the average American was lacking; how interesting was this really going to be? I mean really??

Well, if you are thinking the same thing then sit back & read my blog on a little mineral known as zinc, it’s more impressive than you may think! 

I feel the need to cover the basics first so we have a quick idea about the things this nutrient actually does in the human body, I’ll make it short & sweet:

*Boosts Immune System         *Increase Metabolism

*Help in Healing Wounds        *Aid in Digestion

*Stabilize Blood Sugar              *Brain Health

*Nerve Function                        *Regulates Inflammation

*Supports Production of White Blood Cells

*Helps Produce Hormones (Testosterone & Prolactin)

*And So Much More!!!

It is the “and so much more part” that I think makes this such an interesting article! So, don’t stop reading now! There are actually a few uses of this mineral I think you will find intriguing and I will start (not with the COVID-19 connection, we will get to that in a bit) but with how it can help sexually.  Zinc helps both males and females in the bedroom. 

Here is another surprising fact, according to the American Urological Association ED effects and estimated 30 million Americans. While there are many causes that contribute, a zinc deficiency is one of them as it regulates testosterone levels. There are even studies confirming the use of zinc as an oral supplement can increase performance time and be used as an effective treatment for erectile dysfunction. Zinc also increases testosterone in women by blocking the enzyme that converts testosterone to estrogen. As well as aiding in the production of estrogen and progesterone which are essential to a woman’s sexual & reproductive health. The result, a higher sex drive! Studies have proven a direct correlation between high testosterone levels & high sex drives in women. Dr. Oz actually refers to zinc as the “ultimate sex mineral”.

I know what you are thinking, “Wow! Where do I get some of this?” right?  Well, the best source of zinc in food is, you guessed it, oysters (it all makes sense now). However, zinc can be found in variety of foods such as crab, pumpkin seeds, cashews, chicken, red meat and fortified breakfast cereal.  You can also take it as an oral supplement, but as always when taking supplements be sure to check with your healthcare provider as it can interact with various prescription medications.  

Now, as promised let’s learn about Zinc & COVID-19. Zinc could very well protect against COVID-19 by supporting anti-viral immunity and reducing inflammation. Overproduction of pro-inflammatory cytokines early in the infection is responsible for some of COVID-19’s worst symptoms, thus being able to reduce the inflammation only makes sense that it would lessen the symptoms. Zinc has also been known for decades to block the replication of rhinoviruses responsible for respiratory infections, including the common cold. One study even found that zinc blocks the enzyme responsible for replicating the coronavirus that led to the SARS outbreak of 2002. 

On a side note, or random thought, as I sometimes have. In my research, I learned that zinc deficiencies can cause a loss of taste and smell. Also, if a zinc supplement is taken through the nasal cavities it will most likely result in permanent loss of taste and smell. I found that strange since the loss of taste and smell is a symptom of COVID-19. I couldn’t locate a concrete scientific explanation for this; although, I would be curious to learn. What’s your opinion on it?  That is some food for thought to leave you with anyhow.

References:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/316241

https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements-zinc/art-20366112

https://www.womenshealthmag.com/food/g19967379/signs-youre-not-getting-zinc/

https://www.health.com/nutrition/zinc-supplement

http://www.oprah.com/health/dr-ozs-ultimate-orgasm-libido-boosters/all

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/zinc-may-have-protective-effects-against-covid-19#Zinc-and-the-immune-system