The ABC's of Sports Supplements: ZMA
ZMA refers to a combination supplement made up of zinc, magnesium aspartate, and vitamin B6. It is a natural mineral supplement.
All three parts of the ZMA supplement play critical roles in our bodies. And while many people do seem to get enough zinc and vitamin B6 through their diets, most do not get enough magnesium.
Getting ZMA & Why It's Important
Our bodies do not naturally synthesize ZMA, so it must be added to the diet and ingested to reap its rewards. The most common natural food sources in which one can find Zinc, Magnesium and Vitamin B6 individually are foods such as:
• Red Meat
• Dark, Leafy Greens
• Nuts, Seeds
• Beef Liver
• Potatoes and Other Starchy Vegetables
When these foods are lacking in your diet or unavailable, ZMA can be taken as a supplement.
ZMA can help those who have difficulty getting to sleep, or who are sleep deprived. People who are sleep deprived are at long term risk for magnesium deficiency.
Depriving the body of supplements like ZMA may result in:
• Nutritional Deficiencies
• Impaired or Slow Healing and Tissue Repair
• Fatigue & Irritability
When ingested as a sports supplement, ZMA may help to:
• Enhance Immune System Functioning
• Minimize Zinc Losses during Workouts (from Sweat)
• Increase Concentrations of both Thyroid Hormones and Testosterone
As always, FILTUR™ recommends that you check with your physician before trying any sports supplement. They will help decide how supplements can best serve you.
How are ZMA Supplements Sold?
ZMA is sold either in powder or capsule form.
Only you can decide the "best" way to take supplements. Some people claim that capsules or pills don't always disintegrate properly once swallowed. Others have trouble swallowing pills entirely.
Powdered supplements get mixed with liquid, so some people find this an easier way to digest them. If taken this way, be sure to stir thoroughly, and consume the full contents of the glass.
Whatever you choose, always follow storage instructions properly. Heat and moisture will affect any product.
How Much ZMA is Right for Me/Recommended Daily Intake (RDI)?
The right amount of ZMA varies based on age, sex and other relevant factors, like body weight. The recommended daily intake of ZMA supplements for men is a split of 30 mg zinc, 450 mg magnesium, and 10-11 mg Vitamin B6. The recommended daily intake of ZMA for women is a split of 20 mg zinc, 300 mg magnesium, and 6-7 mg Vitamin B6.
Different distributors list different ratios of ingredients in their sports supplements. Read product labels carefully to fully understand your purchase. As always, FILTUR™ recommends that you check with your physician before trying any sports supplement. They will help decide how supplements can best serve you.
Supposedly, your purchase should list the ZMA from "SNAC Systems" on the label. SNAC Systems claims that any other ZMA supplement is not true ZMA.
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