Zinc is lost during ejaculation (Importance of zinc for men)

In my last post 10 Ways To Increase Semen Volume And Quality I mentioned how I take zinc in supplement form and how its one of the only micronutrient supplements I find effective. Especial if my diet hasn’t been up to scratch.

Zinc is important to a mans sex drive as it helps manufacture testosterone and helps prevent a low sperm count. “Take note of this guys”, Zinc  is lost on ejaculation, since sperm needs this mineral to swim towards the egg.

A 1996 study showed a very clear relationship between zinc and testosterone levels. Young men were fed a diet including very little zinc so that they developed a zinc deficiency. Testosterone levels were measured and there was a significant decrease (almost 75 percent) after 20 weeks of a low-zinc diet (Study Link).

Lets not forget Zinc has other health benefits. It is also  helpful in fighting infection and inflammation of the prostate gland in older men, helps with hormone production, growth and repairment, improves immunity and helps with digestion.

Risk Factors

If you have a low protein diet beware low levels of zinc which can be the cause for a variety of health-related problems. Zinc is a key mineral that cells use to metabolize nutrients, Immune function, DNA cell division and protein production are all related to zinc levels in the body.

If you have zinc deficiency you may suffer from symptoms such as hair loss, diarrhea, impotence, eye and skin conditions, loss of appetite, development problems and weight loss.

As I mentioned having a  low protein diet can cause you to have  zinc deficiency also other factors that can contribution to having low levels of zinc are  gastrointestinal diseases, eating disorders and a vegetarian diet. Also unfortunately high levels of alcohol consumption can lead to zinc deficiency.

Quick fix

Having a high protein diet can do the trick I would recommended on having 0.7g of protein per 1 pound of body weight.  Now if your are a vegan I would highly recommend you becoming a master at knowing the nutrient value of everything you eat. Just to get you started here are 5 vegan foods high in zinc; Tofu, tempeh, legumes, grains and nuts (Top 5 Zinc-rich Foods That Will Boost Your Sex Life).

For an adult male, 11 milligrams of zinc per day is considered the ideal amount to consume.

In summary

Having healthy an amount of zinc is an easy way to increase your ejaculation amount. It wouldn’t surprise me if porn stars consume high amount of zinc in supplementation form before making a movie.

A 2009 study published in “Nutrition Research” hypothesized that due to zinc’s important antioxidant role, a deficiency would increase oxidative damage and promote lower quality sperm.

If you want to keep it as natural as possible you can just do what I do and only consume it in a supplement form after having sex. Don’t forget Zinc is lost on ejaculation and is important for healthy testosterone levels and sperm quality and volume. If you want a kick start check out this post (Supplements that increase semen quantity and quality ).