Prohormone & Supplement Ingredients:

Zinc Gluconate

Zinc gluconate is another form of zinc used to make zinc supplements. Amino acid chelates of zinc may be the best form of zinc supplementation, but they can be expensive. SZinc sulfate has been known to cause stomach irritation. Zinc gluconate is a good type and is absorbed well.

The RDA for zinc is 15 milligrams for men, 12 for women, 3 for infants, 10 for children ages 1 to 10, 15 for pregnant women and 16 to 19 for those nursing. It's recommended that adults, especially athletes, take 30 milligrams daily. Dosages of up to 50 milligrams a day are considered safe, but higher levels aren't recommended. Older people don't absorb zinc as well and thue might need more.

It's also suggested that you supplement with copper along with zinc, about 1 milligram of copper for every 10mgs of zinc. Taking 50 to 200 micrograms of selenium is suggested as well.

The best food sources for zinc include brewers yeast and wheat brand or germ (this may be the reason that many bodybuilders have had good results with these), whole grains and oysters.

Testosterone is known to be closely interrelated with zinc. Although research still needs to be done, it appears zinc may govern testosterone metabolism at the cellular level. It is also thought to control the metabolism of testosterone in the prostate.

Double blind studies have shown that zinc can increase blood levels of testosterone and the follicle-stimulating hormone in men with just very mildly deficient zinc
levels. Males with just mild zinc deficiency will increase their plasma levels of testosterone with zinc supplementation. For about 25 cents a week you can take what may be the most powerful legal and natural 'anabolic' supplement.

Another aspect of zinc is it's role in glucose tolerance. In tests with rats, when zinc is removed from their diet, glucose intolerance develops. In human studies of diabetics, it has been shown that many have problems absorbing zinc and over excrete it as well.
Supplements with this ingredient:
Cycle Assist (On Cycle Support)

Links to additional information on Zinc Gluconate
The Joy of Zinc (Added on 3/18/2011)
Zinc and the Common Cold (Added on 3/18/2011)
Zinc (Added on 3/18/2011)

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