As has been established in an earlier post, zinc is a vital mineral, used by every cell in the body. Its deficiency is becoming more and more common in men these days. That is unfortunate, as it plays such a huge role in the production of testosterone. Around 95 percent of testosterone in men is made in the testes. What this means is that if you are not producing copious amounts of sperm, if they are not swimming fast and furious, or if you have trouble with lasting erections, you probably have lower than normal testosterone. And, in general, men want high amounts of this manly hormone. That’s because it makes our entire system perform optimally.
This is where zinc comes in. A zinc-dependent enzyme is needed to transform androstenedione to testosterone. This means that maintaining adequate amounts of zinc in our diet is of extreme importance for males.
The following material on zinc’s effects on the male sex organ is taken from the book, The Natural Testosterone Plan: For Sexual Health and Energy by Stephen Harrod Buhner, a very wise and knowledgeable herbalist. He covers three areas of concern for men everywhere:
Every time man ejaculates, he uses five milligrams of zinc. Zinc is highly concentrated in both sperm and seminal fluid, and frequent ejaculation can lead to zinc depletion, especially if the diet is poor. Deficiencies of zinc in men result in reduced libido, low testosterone levels, and low sperm counts. Zinc levels are usually found to be low in infertile men with low sperm counts. Increasing the levels of zinc in the body can have an immediate, powerful effect on sperm motility, production, and even testosterone levels in the blood. A number of studies have shown that zinc supplementation immediately and significantly affects sperm motility and production. Even in cases of long standing infertility (more than five years), zinc can have a powerfully positive effect within two months. One study resulted in the pregnancy for 40 percent of the men’s wives within two months of regular zinc use.
Because zinc is so intimately connected to sexual health in men. It is essential to consider adding it regularly to the diet. A significant number of men with erectile problems have been found to be deficient in zinc. It is essential in the maintenance of testosterone levels in the body and the health and vitality of sperm.
Zinc intake has been found to shrink the prostate and alleviate symptoms for men with BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia). Several studies have found that the use of zinc for as little as two months results in a decrease of symptoms of BPH. In one study with nineteen men, fourteen of them experienced shrinkage of the prostate as measured by palpation, x-ray, and endoscopy.
Interestingly, high levels of estrogen in the body interfere with zinc uptake in the intestinal tract. Not only do estrogens affect male sexual functioning but by lowering the uptake of zinc they also reduce male sexual functioning even further. Androgens, significantly enhance zinc uptake.
As can be seen in the last paragraph, a combination of ant extract with pine pollen is a one-two punch to the gonads to produce more testosterone. The pine pollen will provide androgens to the body which will increase the absorption of zinc from the ant extract. This in turn will allow the body to supply the needed zinc to produce more testosterone when needed. This is what every guy wants isn’t it?