ZMA is designed to optimize the use of Magnesium and Zinc. ZMA acts by controlling the body’s anabolic hormone levels and use this to increase testosterone which is believed to increase strength and muscle growth.
ZMA is a scientifically designed anabolic mineral formula containing zinc monomethionine aspartate, magnesium aspartate and vitamin B-6. Studies have shown that it has a clinical effect on testosterone levels when taken in a combination containing 30 mg of zinc and 450 mg of magnesium per day. The most famous study conducted by Lorrie Brilla at Western Washington University indicated that this combination could raise testosterone levels by as much as 30%.
ZMA is a unique patent-pending anabolic mineral support formula containing zinc-l-monomethionine, covalently-bound zinc/magnesium aspartate and vitamin B6. It is designed to optimize absorption and availability of zinc and magnesium during peak times of muscle growth and repair.
ZMA has been clinically proven to provide nutritional support for healthy levels of total and free testosterone in active individuals. This equals to an anabolic environment that results in a higher muscle growth rate, as well as a decrease in recovery time between exercise sessions. It also increases strength and power in athletes. Since ZMA is not a pro-hormone or a hormone precursor, it does not adversely affect blood hormone levels.
Rather, it naturally supports the body's own anabolic hormone levels.Zinc and Magnesium can be found in food sources such as oysters, wheat germ and beef liver. Taking ZMA supplementation as directed (usually before bedtime) can significantly increase muscle growth and strength in individuals.
** Bodybuilders can obviously benefit from taking ZMA, specifically in the following ways:
1. It increases the body's natural production of testosterone thus boosting its capacity for building lean muscle.
2. It increases levels of growth hormone.
3. It helps sleep if taken 30-60 minutes before bed thus enhancing rest and recovery.
For weight loss:
This is a special zinc and magnesium blend that helps you to get deep sleep. Now I must stress, it's a special blend and has a proper ratio. If you don't have this proper ratio and you decide to use 2 separate supplements to do this, it won't work. Just save yourself the time and money and get a bottle of ZMA.
What you may not realize is that your lack of sleep, lack of DEEP sleep, and basically you waking up tired instead of refreshed plays a huge role in weight loss. Without enough sleep, you will either hurt your weight loss progress or completely stop it. ZMA allows you to get LESS SLEEP, yet function like you got a complete, refreshing, full night's sleep.
** The great news is that ZMA is pretty cheap.
ZMA has no known side effects but it must be taken in the proper dosage to the exact proportions used in most studies - that is 11 mg of vitamin B-6, 450 mg of magnesium and 30 mg of zinc.