September 23, 2020

 Hi everyone!

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In today’s video I’ll be showing you how Zinc can increase Testosterone levels, lower DHT levels and help to improve hair growth!

This is a video useful for both men and women - as Zinc is an extremely useful mineral for hair growth 

But I am going to be talking a lot about a male hormone called DHT which is involved in the onset of male pattern baldness!

My name is Fortuna - I’m the founder of It Really Works Vitamins - we’re a haircare supplement brand from The UK

And we’ve been featured in  Forbes - as The Best Nutrition Innovation 2018 & 19 and Shortlist Magazine as The Best Hair Regrowth Product for Men.

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In today’s video I’m going to be exploring how Zinc can be an excellent nutrient for healthy hair growth and can help to block the hormone DHT.

So let’s talk about what DHT actually is?

DHT stands for Dihydrotestosterone.

It’s a hormone produced in the skin, liver and testes. 

  • It’s responsible for developing male characteristics -maturation of the penis and scrotum at puberty, growth of facial, body and pubic hair, and  development and maintenance of the prostate gland and seminal vesicles.
  • High or excessive DHT levels are not the sole cause of hair loss.
  • It’s actuallyhair follicle DHT sensitivity.
  • In Genetically pre-disposed guys in certain areas on the scalp, their hair follicles are more sensitive to the effects of DHT

DHT is present in both men and women, but DHT related hair loss, otherwise known Androgenic Alopecia or pattern baldness affects much more men than women.

When flowing around your blood stream DHT attaches itself to genetically susceptible hair follicles and shrinks them,Basically this is calledminiturisation. And it gradually  kills the hair follicle so that hair no longer grows there.

But the good news is, the formation of excess DHT can be stopped!

I’ve got an entire playlist on blocking DHT which I’m going to put in here as a card for you! 

I share the best foods, drinks, snacks that block DHT, the best shampoos as well as how you can make your very own DIY exfoliant scrubs - the link is here.

Worldwide about1.1 billion people are zinc-deficient due to not getting enough zinc in their diet. 

That’s 1 in every 7 people literally everywhere

Zinc is required for the functions of over 300 enzymes.

It metabolizes nutrients, maintains your immune system and grows and repairs body tissues - including the scalp and hair follicles

Not getting enough zinc in your diet can lead you to:

1.)   Feeling under the weather a lot more, or having immune system issues

2.)   Having a leaky gut , diarrhea or Irritable Bowel Syndrome

3)   Having skin issues such as acne, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis

4.)   Thinning hair

As you can see Zinc is a mineral that's needed for overall wellness.

Zinc also plays a vital role in hair tissue growth and repair. It also helps keep the oil glands around the follicles working properly.

Your body can’t actually store zinc, so you need to make sure that you're eating enough every day to meet your daily requirements. 

It’s recommended that men eat 11 mg of zinc per day, while women need 8 mg. However, if you’re pregnant, you’ll need 11 mg per day, and if you’re breastfeeding, you’ll need 12 mg.

You're at extra risk of developing a zinc deficiency, if youre:

  • pregnant or breastfeeding
  • A teenager
  • elderly 
  • Or a young child. 

Studies also show that zinc supplements can reduce hair loss caused by zinc deficiency 

However, supplementing with too high of a dose can also contribute to hair loss.

When I came up with the formulation for my brand, It Really Works Vitamins - I made sure to include Zinc as it’s one of the most important nutrients out there for healthy hair growth.

As well as Zinc, we have 21 other ingredients including:

  • Rosehip
  • Manganese
  • Copper
  • Biotin

We’ve been in Forbes - as The Best Nutrition Innovation 2018 & 19 and Shortlist Magazine as The Best Hair Regrowth Product for Men.

But best of all, is receiving messages and pictures from customers all over the world, who are so happy with their results.

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Does Zinc Block DHT? It’s a little bit complicated.

Let’s take you through what happened in this study:

The effects of zinc therapy on plasma testosterone (T), dihydrotestosterone (DHT), and sperm count were studied in 37 male patients who’d been experiencing idiopathic infertility for more than five years.

In the first group (T less than 4.8 ng/ml; 22 patients), T and DHT rose significantly after oral administration of zinc, as did the sperm count. 

Nine wives became pregnant, six within 3 months and three within 2 months of a second trial.

 In the second group (T greater than or equal to 4.8 ng/ml; 15 patients), T and sperm count were unaffected by zinc, while DHT increased significantly. There was no conception observed. The rationale of this treatment and the significance of the results are discussed.

But interestingly even though DHT increased - The enzyme 5-Alpha Reductase (which is responsible for converting Testosterone to DHT, actually decreased.

Zinc was shown to inhibit ( up to 98%)the enzyme 5 alpha reductase - and so in this way can help to reduce hair loss.

Zinc boosts testosterone.

Zinc is a favorite supplement of athletes due to testosterone’s effect on weight loss, energy, focus, and muscle mass. 

But - it has been found that if you take too much Zinc - it can lead to Zinc toxicity - which can cause hair loss.

Overall, a lot more research is needed to confirm if Zinc can block DHT, but it looks as if Zinc does inhibit 5-Alpha Reductase.

When I developed my formulation for It Really Works Vitamins, I made sure that it contained:

  •  Zinc, which helps to inhibit5-Alpha Reductase.
  •  Magnesium, which helps to prevent Calcium and DHT from building up on the scalp
  • Niacin which encourages healthy circulation - which in turn keeps DHT moving!

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Let’s run through the foods high in Zinc!

To boost your zinc intake, it’s a good idea to stock up on:

Good Quality Dark Chocolate

Perhaps surprisingly,dark chocolate contains reasonable amounts of zinc.

100 grams of dark chocolate also contain 600 calories.

So while it provides zinc - it is also a high-calorie food so it can’t be relied on as your main source of zinc.





Red Meat

Red meat is a particularly great source

A 100-gram (3.5-ounce) serving of raw ground beef contains 4.8 mg of zinc, which is 44% of the Daily Recommended allowance of Zinc.

Although don-t go too wild eating red meat - indulging in large amounts of red meat, especially processed meat, has been linked to an increased risk of some cancers and heart disease.




Legumes which are:

chickpeas, lentils and beans all contain substantial amounts of zinc

But annoyingly, they also contain phytates which are antinutrients that inhibit the absorption of zinc and other minerals, meaning zinc from legumes isn’t as well absorbed as the zinc from meat and fish. So make the Zinc available, you have to cook, soak or fermenting can help improve its bioavailability. 



Almonds, pine nuts, peanuts and cashews and can really boost your Zinc intake! 

Nuts also contain other healthy nutrients, including healthy fats and fiber, as well as a number of other vitamins and minerals. Did you know that people who eat nuts tend to live longer than those who don’t? Top fact!

Nuts have been linked to reducing risk factors for some diseases, like heart disease, cancer and diabetes 


Another food group linked to a longer life are:

Whole Grains

Whole grains including oats, wheat, quinoa, rice contain some zinc but just like legumes, wholegrains contain phytates,

 Phytates bind to zinc and reduce its absorption but they do also contain important nutrients like fiber, B Vitamins, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, manganese and selenium.


 Shellfish are a really healthy, low-calorie source of zinc.

Oysters contain particularly high amounts or Zinc, just 6 medium oysters contain 300% of your Recommended Daily Allowance of Zinc

Just a reminder, if you are pregnant, make sure shellfish are completely cooked before you eat them.


Some seeds like hemp, pumpkin, squash and sesame seeds contain significant amounts of zinc.They are also a great source of fiber, healthy fats and vitamins,you can try adding them to salads, soups, yogurts or other foods.


Milk and cheese contain high amounts of bioavailable zinc,  meaning most of the zinc in these foods can be absorbed by your body 

100 grams of cheddar cheese contains about a third of your recommended daily allowance of zinc! Whilst milk contains around 1/10th  

And before I forget,


Eggs also contain around 5% of your daily recommended allowance of Zinc. 

Guys I really hope you’ve found this video useful! 

Please let me know if I’ve missed anything!

And don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

If you'd like to win a 28-day supply all - you've got to do is subscribe and comment on this video or any of our other videos, with why would you like to win, the deadline is going to be the 1st of September -  we ship worldwide!

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