It's involved in the production of at least 300 enzymes and lends a hand in hundreds of body processes, from producing DNA to repairing cells. The mineral even can help us sleep better at night, which provides a host of additional benefits.
Zinc became a household word as an ingredient in cold lozenges during the 1990s (or you may remember those sun screens from the 1980s that would turn noses white), but physicians and nutritionists have always known it's a mineral that's necessary for good health.
Zinc earns its stripes by promoting immune function to fight illness, supporting healthy cell growth and development, and ensuring a proper sense of taste and smell. It's especially important for men because of its role in maintaining prostate health, testosterone levels and overall sexual health. But since our bodies don't produce zinc, a daily intake is recommended to ensure healthy levels of this critical mineral [source: NIH].
Read on to learn 10 reasons why zinc is so important for men in particular.