Minerals for hormone production

Are you getting all of the right minerals?

Zinc and magnesium are two very important minerals for hormone production. As it turns out, most of those foods that we consider aphrodisiacs are actually high in one or both of these minerals. Oysters for example, are nature’s highest source of zinc, but dark chocolate is a good source of both zinc and magnesium.

Unfortunately, it is very hard to get enough of these minerals from diet alone. Six medium wild oysters have enough zinc for the average person’s daily intake (six farm-raised oysters actually have half of that content). However, most other foods don’t even come close to that, and who is going to eat six wild oysters every day? On the other hand, pumpkin seeds are nature’s best source of magnesium, but it takes ¾ cup of pumpkin seeds per day for the average sedentary male to get enough magnesium for the day.

Active people need even more of these minerals, especially magnesium. In fact, studies show that most active males are deficient in both minerals, which slows testosterone production, muscle gains and fat loss.  Zinc and magnesium are both vital parts of a variety of other basic bodily functions as well, from metabolism to muscle contraction and relaxation.

For zinc deficiency I recommend 60mg/day of Zinc Glyconate, for magnesium I recommend 500 mg of Magnesium Orotate morning and night.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed some time off. As always, contact me if you have any questions.

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