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A Simple Fix for a Low Sex Drive


The testosterone levels of women taking the zinc supplement nearly doubled. The average score of the FSFI soared from 19.23 to 31.91. And, as it often does in men, hemoglobin and hematocrit levels rose too, but not to the point of being a problem (elevated levels of those two blood values have been associated with an increase in cardiovascular events).

The strange thing is that researchers around the world can’t prove a direct relationship between testosterone and female sex drive, yet there it is, in multiple studies. Testosterone levels increase and so does female arousal.

It is a fact, though, that low(er) levels of estrogen can negatively affect female sex drive, along with being a cause of poor vaginal lubrication. But, since aromatase enzymes act on testosterone to convert it to estradiol (the most potent form of estrogen), the increased levels of estrogen, courtesy of additional testosterone, might help explain the testosterone-libido connection.

However, I ran into a problem trying to figure out exactly how zinc elevates testosterone in women. It’s true that zinc is involved in several hundred enzyme reactions in the body, one or more of which occur in the Leydig cells found in the testicles of males. Sufficient levels of serum zinc ensure that the Leydig cells pump out adequate amounts of testosterone.

But women don’t have Leydig cells or, of course, testicles, so how does taking zinc lead to higher levels of testosterone?

I Googled the topic so hard and furious that the lights in my office dimmed. I finally found my Eureka moment in an obscure Spanish medical journal (2):

“In the ovaries of adult women, there are cells that are very similar to Leydig cells, the ovarian hilus cells (OHC), which also produce testosterone… The morphological and immunohistological findings were like those described for testicular Leydig cells. Therefore, OHC can be considered ovarian Leydig cells (OLC).”

There it is (maybe). Having sufficient serum zinc levels in men and women ensure that the male Leydig cells

and their female counterpart produce optimal levels of testosterone.

What do you think?

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