Studies show that 68% of self-selected diets contain less than two thirds of the RDA for zinc16 and 39% contain less than two thirds of the RDA for magnesium. The level of deficiency may be even higher in active people because strenuous exercise causes significant losses of minerals and trace elements. Research demonstrates that even minor deficiencies of zinc and magnesium may compromise testosterone production, suppress the immune system, and impair muscle growth, muscle function, and energy production. As someone who works out intensely, you want to be sure your mineral needs are met and therefore avoid the possible pitfalls of deficiencies.
By supplementing zinc and magnesium it has been shown that it is possible to maintain higher Insulin Growth Factor and Testosterone levels during periods of hard training. ZMA is a unique patent-pending anabolic formula manufactured by a propriety process containing highly bioavailable forms of zinc and magnesium. Formulated with vitamin B- 6 to further enhance zinc and magnesium absorption and utilization, ZMA is a powerful non-steroidal, 100% natural dietary supplement that is clinically proven to increase free testosterone, total testosterone and insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) levels and enhance muscle strength in training athletes. ZMA is a synergistic combination of zinc, magnesium and vitamin B6, specifically designed to enhance muscle strength, endurance, healing and recovery from exercise.
ZMA is the original zinc- magnesium supplement developed by SNAC System, Inc. and the only one validated by the published research. Taken before bedtime, ZMA promotes deeper, more restful sleep, which is when maximum healing, and muscle growth takes place. ZMA consists of a unique covalently bound complex of zinc, magnesium and aspartic acid, which enables the magnesium and zinc to reach the bloodstream at the same time so that the desired synergistic effect can be obtained. Insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) is an anabolic hormone that decreases as we age. During this aging process, there tends to be a progressive decline in protein synthesis, lean body mass, bone mass, and an increase in fat mass. Growth hormones are essential substances produced in the body that help maintain muscle tissue, and support proper body function. Deficiencies in growth hormones may result in fatigue, impaired cognition, muscle weakness, and even emotional imbalance. In healthy individuals, most growth hormones are secreted during the deep sleep cycle. For those who are unable to reach this restorative sleep phase, hormonal deficiencies may result. ZMA naturally promotes the deep sleep cycle, where healthy levels of IGF-1 are produced.