The Mineral that May Treat Erectile Dysfunction and Impotence

Before you pop that little blue pill, you might want to know about some exciting (pun intended) research in the field of nutritional science. The mineral zinc has been known for many years as essential to male sexual health but recent research shows just how helpful it may be.

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Research in the medical journal Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine found that supplementing with the mineral zinc, along with the vitamins folic acid and biotin, as well as the herb Rhodiola rosea improved ejaculatory control in males suffering from premature ejaculation. Premature ejaculation is a common type of sexual dysfunction that affects 20 to 30 percent of men between the ages of 18 and 55. The low incidence of any side-effects of these natural treatments may also make it preferable to drug treatments by many men.

Research published in the Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences found that moderate doses of zinc significantly increased various measures of male sexual competence, including: less likelihood of premature ejaculation, ability to maintain sexual activity for longer periods of time and improved testosterone levels.

In addition to male sexual health, zinc is needed for burn and wound healing, proper digestion and utilization of carbohydrate foods, including: fruits, grains, sweets and vegetables as well as protein foods like beans, eggs, tofu or meat. Zinc is also necessary for the body to manufacture at least 200 different enzymes needed for various aspects of metabolism and life. Our blood, bones, brain, heart, liver and muscles require adequate amounts of this essential mineral to function properly.

Men typically have higher zinc needs than women, which can make them more vulnerable to zinc deficiencies. In men, zinc is also needed to support healthy prostate and penile function. Keep in mind that excessive amounts of zinc can be harmful so it is best to follow package directions on the supplement you choose, should you decide to supplement with the mineral.

Certain drugs can also deplete zinc levels, including: ACE inhibitors, thiazide diuretics and acid-reducing drugs like Prliosec and Pepcid. Eating a high grain diet in which the grains have not been pre-soaked or sprouted, can also inhibit the uptake of zinc in the body, due to the phytic acid content. Soaking or sprouting grains and rinsing off the soak-water prior to cooking significantly reduces the phytic acid content in grains.

Symptoms of a Zinc Deficiency

Anorexia or small appetite
Brittle nails
Difficulty conceiving children
Erectile dysfunction or Impotence
Frequent colds, flu, or other infections
Growing pains or stunted growth in children or teenagers
Hair or nails grow slowly
Late sexual maturity in men
Loss of sense of smell or taste
Low sperm count in men
Sleep disturbances
Slow-healing wounds or injuries
Stretch marks
White spots on fingernails

Food Sources of Zinc

Some of the best food sources of zinc include: beets, beet greens, carrots, dark leafy greens, nuts, onions, peas, pumpkin seeds, sprouts, and sunflower seeds.

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Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM is the publisher of the free e-news World’s Healthiest News, president of PureFood BC, and an international best-selling and 20-time published book author whose works include: The Life Force Diet: 3 Weeks to Supercharge Your Health and Get Slim with Enzyme-Rich Foods.


Melania P
Melania Padilla13 days ago

I am sure nature has the cure to every disease we know, we just don't know it. Nature is so vast. Thanks for sharing

Bill E
Bill Eagle18 days ago

Oh no.... I accidentally got switched to another Care 2 article without realizing it.

Bill E
Bill Eagle18 days ago

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Jim V25 days ago

thanks for sharing.

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Elena P26 days ago

Thank you

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Elena P26 days ago

Thank you

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Steven Wabout a month ago

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Veronica Danieabout a month ago

Thank you so very much.