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Magnesium, zinc and selenium: Key nutrients for men

Posted by Fritz on October 13, 2010 at 4:09 PM

Nutrients especially needed by men include magnesium, zinc and selenium.  These nutrients are found in highconcentrations in sunflower seeds, peanuts, cashews, cacao, sesame seeds, andflaxseed, which we have combined into a raw recipe at Organico.


We labeled this “Raw Balls for Men,” but our customers havesuggested “MenErgy Balls” for the quick energy they provide, or “Raw Balls forHumans” because women need these nutrient-packed snacks as well.  At Organico, we offer raw balls for everyonethat provide a perfect, super-healthy pick-up after a long surfing session orpilates class.


Magnesiumis a critical co-factor in more than 300 enzymatic reactions in the human body.  Virtuallyall chemical reactions in the body require anenzyme system to help the biochemical reaction take place.  Magnesium helps maintain normal muscle andnerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthyimmune system, and keeps bones strong. Magnesium also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normalblood pressure, and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis


Selenium acts asan antioxidant against free radicalsthat damage our DNA.  It helpsfight against cancer, heart disease and even aging.  Selenium also contributes to good health by promotingnormal liver function.  Other benefits ofselenium include protection againstheart disease, the protection against toxic minerals, and theneutralisation of alcohol, smoke, and fats. It can help to increase malepotency and it also involved in the maintenance of hair, skin and eyes.


Zinc is one ofthe minerals men should never be without and has such a wide application inhuman health that everybody should ensure that they obtain enough of this traceelement.  There are no specific storagesites known for zinc and so a regular supply in the diet is required. Zinc isfound in all parts of our body:  60% isfound in muscle, 30% in bone and about 5% in skin.  Particularly high concentrations are in theprostate gland and semen.  Men need morezinc than women because male semen contains 100 times more zinc than is foundin the blood.  The more sexually active aman the more zinc he will require.  Therecommended amounts of zinc for adult men are 1/3 higher than those for women.


It is thought that zinc supplementation can help skinconditions such as acne and exzema, prostate problems, anorexia nervosa,alcoholics and those suffering from trauma or post-surgery.


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