ZMA isn’t the first supplement you think of when you set out to get fit, it may not even make the top five, but whether you call it Zed-MA or Zee-MA, it can offer some very handy benefits to people of all fitness levels.
What is ZMA?
Firstly, while it’s an American product, we’re in Australia, so let’s just agree to call it Zed-MA. It’s not exactly a multi-vitamin
product but a mixture of Zinc, Magnesium and Vitamin B-6 in a form that your body can absorb quickly.
The important part isn’t just the ingredients though, but the ratio of them. Because it’s a blend of minerals with an added vitamin, each ingredient supports the other, helping your body to absorb them all, fast.
Why would I want it?
Zinc, Magnesium and Vitamin B6 are all important nutrients that can be used up fairly quickly when you exercise. You sweat them out and they need to be replaced as soon as possible.
A lot of people don’t get it enough and should included it in their daily diets. Getting the levels of them back up in your system can help you with some really important processes, like sleep and testosterone production
. Getting these on track will help you burn more fat, gain more lean muscle and get the rest you need to hit life with the energy you haven’t felt in ages!
How does it work?
Just like how you can’t drive your car with an empty tank, your body can’t make testosterone without certain minerals especially zinc and magnesium. Most people don’t have enough of these minerals in their system, so it might be that your body wants to make more testosterone,
but it doesn’t have the stuff needed to do it! Besides being important to testosterone production, Zinc also helps strengthen the immune system, reduces inflammation and can even help keep your eyesight healthy.
Magnesium is also a great mineral to help you sleep. It helps relax muscles, keep you hydrated and deactivates adrenaline, the hormone that keeps you awake at night stressing and worrying. With better quality sleep you’ll be able to heal and build muscle more effectively, as well as feel energetic enough to exercise again the next day!
B6 helps you absorb both of those minerals, as well as helping you produce red blood cells and build muscle. It’s the mate that helps Zinc and Magnesium get activated and useful in your body.
When should I take it?
Because it’s most effective while sleeping, it’s normally recommended to take on an empty stomach 30-60 minutes before bedtime. Naturally, read the label first before taking anything. Read it, understand it and follow it closely.
Who is it best for?
Because it can help your body make more testosterone, you might think it’s for people trying to get huge, but it’s actually great for anyone who is physically active and wants to get good quality rest and build some lean muscle.
What are the side effects?
Some people may feel a bit groggy in the morning, so if that’s you, feel free to lower the dose. You might also see a bit more acne at the start, but that will lessen as your hormones balance out.
You should also avoid taking ZMA with calcium supplements, as they get in each others way and stop you from absorbing either of them. It’s like two cars trying to merge into one lane, and neither gives way, so they end up stopping and yelling at each other for 30 mins.
Is it safe for women too?
ZMA is fine for women. It won’t make your body produce more testosterone, and definitely won’t make you manly. All it does for testosterone is give you the ingredients you need to make it. If you’ve got enough, your body knows not to keep making more. By being able to make all you need, you’ll burn more fat and put on more lean muscle.
If muscle building and recover are important to you, you should consider ZMA as an option, but if you’re also struggling to sleep, it could be the missing link between you and your health and fitness goals!