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Zinc - Valuable Mineral for Muscles
Gold is often tabbed as the precious metal, but if you are a bodybuilder, zinc is a more crucial metallic element. That's because zinc is such a strong promoter of extraordinary growth in the body. Zinc is the element of choice for those recovering from burns and other injuries because it facilitates such fast growth in the body. The same factors can help a bodybuilder.
Growth lies at the heart of zinc's interaction with the human body. Growth failure in children is linked to lack of zinc. In fact there are studies that have been conducted (In Egypt and Iran, for instance) where the children who did not get adequate amounts of zinc in their diet had stunted growth and also had impaired sexual maturation. If that is not an incentive for any guy to take zinc, what is?
Zinc not only promotes growth in the human body, it also performs other key functions such as regulating the blood sugar levels and balances the carbohydrate metabolism, and regulates the activity of the body's genes.
Unfortunately people can come up short in their zinc intake because the modern highly processed diet is typically low in zinc. That is, zinc is found in sources that most people do not eat on a regular basis. For this reason it is quite possible you are zinc deficient or at least low in zinc intake and may not even know it.
You should specifically target the unique foods that are high in zinc. And the top gun? At the top of the list is the oyster, the king of zinc. Oysters, depending upon the type, can provide anywhere from 100 percent to over 1,000 percent of the daily recommended amount of zinc.
Other superior sources include toasted wheat germ, veal liver, and pumpkin seeds. Beef contains zinc, as does watermelon seeds (so stop trying to avoid them!). Lamb, peanuts and crab also contain zinc. Also high in zine are calf’s liver, spinach, crimini mushrooms, and shiitake mushrooms. Baked beans, cashews and almonds are also good sources for zinc.
Aim at including zinc in your diet on a constant basis by purposely eating a diet that frequently includes the foods that are high in zinc and start taking a zinc supplement to nutritionally support more growth in your muscles.
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