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Review: Activate Nutrition ZMA (Zinc-Magnesium Aspartate)

Friday, July 19th, 2013

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Over the last few weeks I have been using Activate Nutrition‘s ZMA (Zinc-Magnesium Aspartate) supplement  after being sent it last month to review.  Before I start to look at the product itself I thought I would re-cap on the reasons that ZMA is used as an anabolic and recovery supplement.

ZMA or Zinc-Magnesium Aspartate to give it, it’s full name is a combination of  zinc, vitamin B6, magnesium, and aspartate.  The ZMA formula itself is claimed to boost testosterone levels within the body, which will have an anabolic effect.  ZMA is also commonly associated with a boost post exercise recovery, strength and muscular mass.

Additionally to the above there is a strong link to the use of zinc to improve cell growth, cell production and testosterone production.  Magnesium has the effect of reducing the levels of cortisol a catabolic hormone (muscle breakdown).

Zinc-Magnesium Aspartate is a supplement commonly promoted as an aid to recovery with an anabolic (muscle building effect).

The Activate Nutrition  ZMA tablets came in standard, well put together packaging in 120 capsule jars.  This is approximately 60-90 days supplies depending on the quantity taken.  I took 2 capsules about 30 minutes before bed, each night for a month.  The capsules themselves were easy to swallow and had no side effects.

I found taking Zinc-Magnesium Aspartate had an anabolic effect, and greatly helped me recover especially after those heavy lifting days.  I also found that the supplement helped improve the quality of my sleep, I wake up in the morning feeling more refreshed, and woke up well before my alarm went off on most days.  Improved sleep quality is a much disputed effect of ZMA but I found it very useful in improving the depth and overall quality of my sleep.

At less than £10 for a months supply of ZMA and the high quality of the product supplied by Activate Nutrition I would highly recommend this product.

Please feel free to leave your feedback, questions please leave it in the comments box.

TOM

What is ZMA (Zinc monomethionine aspartate)?

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Hi All,

Following on with my series of blog posts on supplementation I am going to look at ZMA (Zinc monomethionine aspartate).

This supplement is a combination of  zinc, vitamin B6 , magnesium, and aspartate, the formula is claimed to boost testosterone levels in the body.  It is also commonly claimed to boost post exercise recovery, strength and muscular mass.

There is a strong link to the use of zinc to improve cell growth, production and testosterone production, magnesium also helps in the reduction of the effect of cortisol a catabolic hormone (muscle breakdown).  Over all ZMA are sold as an anabolic aid (muscle building).

You should be careful not to exceed safe upper limits of these supplements, with zinc limited at 25mg per day and magnesium at 100mg.  Make sure you check these levels across all your supplements.

TOM

Recovery

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Hi All,

Came across this video by Todd Durkin talking about some of the great things you can do to promote recovery!

TOM