Well , today , I have a very interesting video on the prostate and the most important nutrient to maintain prostate health .
Now , this topic was inspired by my new favorite book called Soil Grass and Cancer .
This is a book that I found .
Uh it was very expensive .
It's basically $250 .
I couldn't find any used books , but it's filled with nutritional information .
That's just fascinating and each chapter is very , very different .
So the last chapter was on insulin , which I did a video on that and then this one was on the relationship between zinc and the prostate plan .
There's some great data I wanna share with you .
I think the first thing to talk about is this big confusion of what the prostate gland is .
Few people know what the prostate gland does .
All they know is that as you get older , it enlarges and then it it affects your urination .
50% of men over the age of 60 start to get an enlargement of the prostate gland .
So what we do know is as you age , the prostate gets larger and that can affect urination stream flow .
Uh libido retention of urine in your bladder , backup of urine in the kidney .
And so I think it's important to understand a little bit about the prostate and identifying why this occurs .
I mean , it's kind of weird that as men age , uh a high , high percentage of them start developing prostate problems and then as it gets bigger , you , you're more at risk of getting prostate cancers .
But just because the prostate enlarges doesn't mean that's cancer .
So let's first start with where the prostate is located .
There's a , a little bone in the front part of your pelvis called the csis pubis .
And the prostate is right behind that bone .
And then the prostate also is just underneath the bladder and there's a little tube that comes down from the bladder that this prostate wraps around and the size of the prostate would be about equivalent to a walnut size .
So it's not that big , but it can get quite big .
And then you have the rectum , which is right behind that .
So that's where it's located .
But what does it do ?
The prostate is about 70% gland and 30% muscle .
So it does two things .
It helps you secrete a certain fluid , which I'm gonna talk about .
And it also acts as a pump during ejaculation .
So it helps push this fluid through the tube , which is the same tube is where your urine goes through and then out of the body .
Now , sperm is created in the testicles .
And it takes roughly about 60 to 70 days for a sperm to develop .
So the sperm travels through this little tube up into the area of the prostate where you have additional glands that produce fluid with the fluids of the prostate gland , all mixing together into what's called semen .
And so the purpose of semen is to fertilize sperm and sperm is basically just the genetics from a male body , which is then gonna join with the genetics of the ovary to form a human body .
So to do that , you need uh something to feed the sperm , which is fructose from the semen .
You need certain enzymes to help penetrate into the uterus lining because there's mucus there and a lot of other factors to keep this sperm fertile and the sperm outside the body can last roughly about five days .
So , on the other end in the female , you have this egg which is inactive and it becomes active once a sperm penetrates .
So that's a summary of what the prostate does in relationship to these other factors .
Now , what's interesting about the prostate gland in relationship to nutrition is that it is the gland that has the highest concentration of zinc .
So the prostate has 100 times more concentration of zinc than your blood .
Because if you test your blood and this normal zinc , it might not tell you what's going on inside the prostate gland .
So , in this book , I wanna mention a couple of points talking about the relationship between a zinc deficiency and what happens with the prostate gland .
Um But actually enlarges , there was a study done and I will put some links down below that shows a normal prostate .
And the level of zinc that's in it , it's like 744 mcg .
And then you have a mild hypertrophy or enlarged prostate gland that has a lesser amount of Z which is 486 mcg .
Then they tested people with chronic prostatitis and that was at 470 mcg .
Now remember this is all compared to a normal prostate gland which has 744 mcg .
And then he talks about prostate and the cancer related to zinc .
Apparently that level was actually on average 273 mcg of zinc .
So we have this relationship between a zinc deficiency and inflammation in the prostate gland enlargement of the prostate gland and susceptibility to getting prostate cancer .
Very , very interesting .
The other point I wanna bring up about this is that you have a very powerful form of testosterone .
Ok , called the HT .
So , testosterone can convert to DH T with a certain enzyme .
And that's called five alpha reductase .
And so there are certain medications that inhibit that enzyme to help reduce DH T four .
Now pattern baldness , prostate hypertrophy , erectile dysfunction because too much of that hormone DH t can create better .
But what's interesting about that is zinc is a natural inhibitor of that enzyme .
And we also know that people with low testosterone are usually zinc deficient .
So zinc is the most important trace mineral to make sure your testosterone is high , make sure that the fertility of sperm is there and to make sure that the size of the prostate is maintained .
Now it's gonna get more interesting .
Why would someone be deficient in zinc ?
That's the big question .
I'm gonna go through the reasons .
Uh They don't consume enough red meat .
Now , think about this , what is the big push now with especially men as they get over the age 50 don't consume red meat .
Red meat is bad .
Well , they never differentiate the quality of red meat .
They lump red meat into one group .
They don't differentiate between processed meats and grass fed organic .
They just lump it into one big concept and tell you to get off red meat and they tell you to lower your cholesterol foods , which happened to be the building block of testosterone .
And then what do they tell you to eat , eat plant based ?
Make sure you're eating enough whole grains , which is loaded with phytic acid pro the biggest thing that blocks your ability to absorb zinc .
In fact , 2 billion people on this planet are deficient in zinc , probably because they're consuming too much cereal and too many grains .
Now , the other interesting thing about aging is that when you age , you lose the concentration of stomach acids and we need stomach acid to be able to absorb this zinc .
If you have low stomach acids , you're not gonna absorb zinc .
Not to mention if you're taking an ant acid , you're gonna be deficient in zinc .
If you're taking a diuretic , that medication will deplete you of zinc .
If you're taking statins , you'll have significant zinc deficiencies .
Alcohol is another common thing that will cause a zinc deficiency .
Consuming a lot of sugar will cause a zinc deficiency , eating frequent meals , like in snacking , lit at night while you're watching the TV creates insulin resistance , which can also deplete zinc .
And so I'm trying to prove a point here .
If you're not consuming enough zinc , that's gonna affect your libido .
Your testosterone , sperm count the size of your prostate and eventually your urine flow .
One of the best sources of zinc is shellfish as in oysters .
But the second best source is red meat .
But I'm gonna tell you right now , taking zinc is not gonna guarantee any type of cure for enlarged prostate , lower testosterone , reducing your risk of prostate cancer or anything related to any medical condition .
Because there are a lot of other factors involved , your diet , how much alcohol you drink , how much stress you go through and uh a lot of other factors related to your medications , et cetera , et cetera .
All right .
So now that you know , a little bit more about the relationship between zinc and your prostate .
I wanted you to watch this next video on zinc , which is quite interesting .
Check it out .