Q: Does ZMA actually benefit anyone in their training regime? I see it included in a lot of formulas, but is it helping people, or is it just another “hype” filler?
A: Research shows that, indeed, it does work. Bodybuilders report that they can do more reps and lift heavier week after week. But remember, if it’s in a formula, there isn’t enough to really benefit you in these ways. That’s why taking it independently of a formula will work better for you. Also, remember, these are supplements, not drugs. so you’re seeing more “indirect” type benefits over time, than dramatic results. Supplements address the body indirectly and in context to other factors. Often, gram dosing is necessary for results.
ZMA seems to aid with the immune system and with attaining deeper sleep for better recovery. Recovery is everything, and you can’t ever lose sight of that, so anything that helps with recovery is very beneficial. It is estimated that 60%-80% of men are deficient in ZMA. Since ZMA is also shown to help increase natural testosterone production by 30%. The hard part is, taking it on an empty stomach. If you’re in a mass-building phase, you should almost never have an empty stomach. But if you eat every 3 hours, take it right in between your last and second to last meal. So 60 minutes before bed, take it, and then have your last whey protein shake 20 minutes before bed. We have heard that people get some pretty crazy dreams while taking ZMA, so keep a log and let us know!
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