“When fatigue drags you down, don't look to a candy bar, cup of coffee, or energy drink for a solution,” says WebMD. New research shows you can increase your energy level with zinc. Read on to discover what the study found about zinc's ability to increase your energy level.
However you choose to stay active, whether you’re walking, going for a run, taking a bike ride or working in your garden, there’s always room to boost your energy level.
And the good thing is, you don’t have to take energy boosters that cause more harm than good: Use zinc instead.
According to a US Department of Agriculture
study, zinc increases performance by helping your body get rid of carbon dioxide, which rises during exercise
Here’s what the study found about zinc as an energy booster
The study involved 14 active men in their 20s and 30s who were placed on a low-zinc diet of just 3.5 mg a day.
After nine weeks, the men in the study were asked to perform two types of exercise
tests on a stationary bicycle. During one of the tests (45 minute endurance ride), four of the men had to stop. Blood tests revealed they weren’t getting the full effects of an enzyme called carbonic anhydrase. This is the enzyme that helps you expel carbon dioxide from the body.
After six weeks, the men were given a high-zinc diet along with a 15 mg zinc supplement and were asked to repeat the exercise tests.
The results were impressive this time around.
Their performance improved dramatically.
According to Dr Jonathan Wright of Nutrition & Healing
, past studies have associated low zinc levels with poor muscle
strength, fatigue and a lack of speed during exercise.
So if you want to boost your own performance, add more zinc rich foods like red meat, oysters and beans to your diet or consider taking a zinc supplement.
Dr Wright recommends you take 25mg to 30mg of zinc (picolinate or citrate). Just make sure to balance it with 1mg to 2mg of copper every day. That’s because long-term zinc usage can lead to copper depletion in your body. (Copper is necessary for producing and storing iron).