Men’s sexual strength depends on a quantity factors, one of which is sufficient amount of certain microelements, in particular, zinc and selenium.
In the mid of the XXth century, it became clear that zinc is very significant for keeping the reproductive system of males in proper condition. As most minerals, it is a part of enzymes and participates in a large number of metabolic processes. Zinc contained in the body influences not only the health of sex organs, but also the skin, digestive, nervous, and immune systems.
An adult human body contains 1.5-2 g of zinc, which is really necessary for the biochemical exchange. Zinc is usually concentrated in nails, hair, skin, liver, kidney and eye retina. A large amount of zinc is contained in male prostate tissue.
Zinc is especially useful for maintaining the desired level of testosterone ( a steroid hormone) in the male body, as it regulates the degree of testosterone’s active metabolite – dihydrotestosterone. Zinc inhibits 5 alpha reductase – an enzyme that converts main male hormone to estrogen. This chemical element is necessary for improving potency, moreover, it is indispensable as a preventive means against prostatitis. This element increases sperm motility by several times, which has a beneficial effect on male body’s reproductive function.
Particular attention to zinc content in a diet should be paid by vegetarians. They are at risk of deficiency of this trace substance. If you eat meat and fish, in most cases you do not need to worry about this, as most likely, your body receives a sufficient amount of necessary substances. Natural zinc deficiency can emerge in the following instances:
1. Age over 45-50;
2. Alcoholic drinks abuse;
3. Long-term tension and heavy exercise.
Zinc deficiency in the organism is manifested by the following symptoms:
1. White flecks under nail plates on the hands;
2. Dull shade of hair;
3. A slower healing of wounds and scratches;
4. Rash or acne appearing on the skin;
5. Unmotivated irritability.
The normal dose of zinc is about 10 mg a day. Zinc is contained in fish (perch, trout, herring, saury, salmon), wheat bran, oysters, and shrimps, garlic, nuts, egg yolk, squids and anchovies.
By the mid-twentieth century, selenium had not been applied in clinical practice as it was considered toxic. In the 1990s this chemical element was recognized a vital trace substance, and after another 10 years – essential for health.
Selenium is also indispensable for improving potency, as this mineral is involved in main male hormone biosynthesis and influences male sexual organs’ functioning. It has a beneficial effect on the reproductive system of man and is essential for curing infertility as it enhances sperm quality.
Symptoms of a slight lack of selenium are not typically well manifested. However, pay attention to them as soon as possible. They may be decreased performance (both in physical and mental activity) frequent colds, susceptibility to viral diseases, problems with erection.
Large doses of selenium chemical element are contained in garlic, chicken egg, seafood (fish, squid, shrimp), rye bread, corn, and tomatoes.
An average dose of this mineral is about 55 mg per day.