Several studies indicate that a deficiency of the trace mineral zinc may be associated with poor sexual performance due to retarded genital development or hypogonadism. Medical researchers have found that in Iran and Egypt, where many people live on zinc-deficient diets, many boys suffer from the retarded development and growth of the gonads—the sex organs. When the diet is supplemented with zinc, they rapidly mature sexually.

Zinc has also been found to play a vital role in the health of the prostate. There is a very high concentration of zinc in the sperm, the seminal fluid, and in the prostate itself—more than in any other part of the body. A deficiency of zinc causes enlargement of the prostate and other unhealthy changes in this vital sex gland. Thus, zinc is definitely related to man’s sexual performance and potential. This is especially important to men past middle age, when prostate troubles usually start.

Is it possible to have deficiency of zinc if you eat a normal well-balanced diet? Yes, more likely than not, your diet is deficient in it. First, the soil of 32 of our 50 states is deficient in zinc, and the nutritive elements in your food can come only from the soil. Then, zinc is taken out of our foods by refining and processing, especially when bran and germ are removed from the grains. Foods rich in zinc are oysters (long believed by folklore to be a source of virility), herring, wheat bran and wheat germ, brewer’s yeast, onions, and eggs. Sunflower and pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of zinc, also.


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