Original Article: Train Magazine
Winter Issue 2016
Original Article: Suppz.com
July 16, 2015
By Olivia Banski
If you’re “in the know” when it comes to supplements, you’ve heard of ZMA before. In fact, you might even have used it from time to time. However, if your classic idea of ZMA is that it’s a sleep supplement, you need to broaden your knowledge of what it really can do.
While there’s no doubt that taking ZMA, which contains zinc, magnesium, and vitamin B6 is going to help you sleep more deeply and wake up feeling more recovered, it really does so much more.
Let’s take a closer look into what ZMA has to offer so that you can see why it’s one supplement that you’ll want to have on your list to buy.
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Original Article: Physical Magazine
By Dave Hawk
Q: I used to do strongman competitions, but now I'm bodybuilding. Is ZMA a good supplement to improve muscle growth?
A: I've personally used ZMA and can't say enough good things about it. ZMA (zinc magnesium aspartate) is a natural supplement that increases anabolic hormone levels while reducing cortisol levels. On the one hand it helps build muscle, and on the other it helps prevent muscle wasting. ZMA naturally aids the overall metabolic process that improves muscle energy support.
Authentic ZMA products state "ZMA" on the label and are formulated with highly bioavailable zinc mono-L-methionine sulfate (L-Optizinc), Zinc/magnesium aspartate and vitamin B6. You can find ZMA in many top brands as a standalone powder or part of a supplement mix.
For any strength-training or muscle-building athlete, ZMA will help improve training, energy, and lean mass gains as well as support greater recovery. ZMA has been clinically proven to boost anabolic hormone levels (both testosterone and IGF-1), which improves muscle strength, power, and performance.
Original Article: Regeneration Performance
By Drew MacKay Timmermans
May 27, 2014
When looking for your first choice for an athletic supplement, it may help to start at the end of the alphabet with the mineral zinc. Many athletes are unaware of the natural benefits of zinc, despite research showing that zinc is found in every cell of the body. Zinc also serves a vital role every time our body’s cells divide and therefore optimal zinc levels are imperative in maximizing athletic performance. As excess blood levels of zinc can be toxic, levels should be checked regularly; if you are unsure if you should be taking zinc, contact your physician to have your levels checked. In terms of benefits for athletes, here are 6 that have direct applications for improving athletic performance.
1. Improve Strength & Increase Lean Muscle MassRecent research demonstrates the role zinc has in raising the levels of three important anabolic hormones in the body: testosterone, insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1), and growth hormone (GH). Several studies have found that low levels of zinc correlate with lower levels of serum testosterone, which can greatly affect many aspects of performance such as strength, body fat percentage, and recovery. Additionally, a group of researchers from Iran found that post exercise, both serum total testosterone and serum free testosterone were increased in cyclists who supplemented with zinc for 4 weeks. Further research has also demonstrated increased levels of GH & IGF-1 after exhaustive exercise. Following strenuous exercise, these increases in testosterone, GH, and IGF-1 levels result in improved recovery time, increased muscle building, and increased strength. These results have been reported in both men and women. 2. Boost Immune Function