I will be sure to do that!
There are many "natural" testosterone boosters available on the market now. Specifically marketed to bodybuidlders of which I am one. You may be interested that ALL of these formulas contain Zinc, along with Magnesium and D-Aspartic Acid which is a compound found in oysters"Zinc has been strongly linked to the production of testosterone, a hormone that plays a vital role in regulating muscle growth. In addition to its effect on testosterone, zinc has also been shown to increase levels of growth hormone and IGF-1."
It says regulating muscle growth but I don’t think it’s a large jump to say it likely regulates the growth of many cells in the body, like those in the immune system. Zinc’s effect of IGF-1 is more interesting than testosterone though…Studies have shown and demonstrated that IGF-1 can stimulate the protective covering around nerves known as the myelin sheath. In a degenerative disease like Multiple Sclerosis, ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease, damage around the sheath stops signals from being transmitted between the brain and nerves. IGF-1 has been found to regrow these sheaths according to scientists at the University of Michigan. It was discovered that IGF-1 was the most effective of the growth factors in inducing the growth of the myelin sheath and neuron cell. The researchers also found that IGF-1 helps the nerves remain normal and regrow even when diabetic conditions were present.
The IGF system is incredibly complex unfortunately and includes not only IGF-1 and IGF-2 and their receptors but also modulating IGF-binding proteins (IGFBPs), of which six have been identified.
In any case what do you recommend for a daily zinc supplementation? Is it entirely dependent on a blood test or is there a daily dose that would be beneficial?
Maybe I will order another blood test... its free here in Canada