Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Thus far I have discussed the importance of supplementing with magnesium and hydrochloric acid (HCL). The next supplement I recommend for a baseline protocol is zinc.
Zinc is involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions, similar to magnesium. It is important for the growth and repair of tissues. Tissues cannot repair properly without adequate amounts of zinc, which means zinc is a must for strength gains! Females with low zinc count cannot metabolize estrogen properly, which makes it easier to gain body fat.
98% of the population is zinc deficient and athletes are 100% deficient. The best way to measure zinc levels is to have a Red Blood Cell Zinc test run and not a serum test. 1400-1500 microgram/dL is ideal. We see high zinc deficiency rates due to the lack of zinc found in our food supply. It takes 3-6 months to repair zinc deficiency. If you take a good multi-vitamin, then 30mg/day will do the trick.
When I conduct BioSignature's on clients, zinc deficiencies manifest in the triceps, pecs, hamstrings, quads, umbilical, and suprailliac. I also measure zinc by having each client do a zinc tally test. They put a small amount of zinc in their mouth and then swallow it. Once swallowed, they let me know what they taste.
To read more about zinc read the following article-- The Most Important Supplement you are not Taking