MyProtein ZMA

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Zinc & Magnesium are super minerals that our body needs on a regular basis to carry out crucial biological functions. Magnesium is involved in more than 300 essential metabolic reactions. Over 300 different enzymes depend on zinc for their ability to catalyze vital chemical reactions. Zinc-dependent enzymes can be found in all known classes of enzymes.

We no longer get the proper amounts of minerals from our foods only. Due to soil depletion from agriculture processing, our fresh vegetables and fruits just don’t deliver enough amounts of minerals to meet our daily needs.

Smart Supplementation is what I refer to as giving your body the micro-nutrients it needs to thrive. Smart supplements offer the correct form of vitamins, minerals and macro-nutrients to help your body function at it’s optimal best. Super minerals such as zinc and magnesium are one of those smart suppleme nts we should add to out lifestyle. yes we are deficient.


The form of zinc and magnesium used in ZMA is a chelate known as zinc monomethionine/aspartate and magnesium aspartate.

This form helps to minimize interference in the absorption of both these minerals. Furthermore, this form of ZMA provides zinc and magnesium aspartate in the proper dosage, while also serving up the proper amount of vitamin B6, which aids magnesium uptake and utilization by the body.

It’s critical that you do not take ZMA with any food, particularly food rich in calcium, like dairy. Both zinc and magnesium are poorly absorbed when taken with food. Sometimes, it’s a two-way street. Calcium, for example, interferes with zinc uptake while zinc interferes with the absorption of amino acids.



  • Product: ZMA Trademarked ZMA®
  • Price: £11.99
  • Servings: 30 for men, 45 for women (90 Tablets), 90 for men, 135 for women (270 Tablets)
  • Flavor: none
  • Form: Gel capsules
  • Ingredients: ZMA® (Magnesium Citrate, Magnesium Oxide, Zinc Aspartate, Zinc L-Monomethionine, Pyridoxine), Capsule (Hypromellose).
  • Packaged in a facility that also handles milk, soy, egg, gluten, and products thereof.
  • Suggested use: Men take 3, or women take 2 capsules daily, preferably on an empty stomach, 30-60 minutes before bedtime. For best results, avoid taking with dairy or other calcium-containing foods or supplements.
  • Warning: Long term intakes of this amount of vitamin B6 may lead to mild tingling and numbness. Do not exceed the stated recommended daily dose. This product should not be used as a substitute for a varied, balanced diet. Keep in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight. Suitable for vegetarians. Store out of the reach of young children.
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Product Details (from site):

ZMA® is a unique combination of zinc and magnesium plus vitamin B6 and  has a number of benefits to the body and its functionality. Magnesium contributes to electrolyte balance and the maintenance of normal bones and teeth, the normal functioning of the nervous system and muscle function, normal protein synthesis and psychological function and a reduction in tiredness and fatigue.

The Zinc component contributes to the normal function of the immune system and macronutrient metabolism and normal vision and the maintenance of normal skin/hair/nails and normal bones. It also contributes to normal cognitive function and helps protect cells from oxidative stress.

Vitamin B6 adds to the mix by contributing to normal protein and glycogen metabolism, normal psychological function normal function of the immune system, and to normal energy-yielding metabolism.

The combination of Zinc, Magnesium and Vitamin B6 means ZMA® is a worthwhile addition to any supplement regime, regardless of whether you’re an athlete or a non-trainer.


Ok, so the changes can be marked. Yousuf and I are having ZMA before going to sleep, 1 to 2 hours after a meal when stomach is relatively empty. The biggest results is the quality of sleep. We can tell the difference. We sleep deeper and wake up fresh. This is one of the differences that are supposed to be seen first so we feel great seeing it. 

Also, joint pain and muscle pain is healing quickly. Yousuf has severe join pain from his injuries in shoulder and ZMA seems to be working. 


ZMA is an advanced formulation designed to support strength, endurance, recovery, and growth.* Through an extensive search of worldwide research data, we discovered that rigorous exercise results in the losses of zinc and magnesium.* ZMA was designed based upon the biochemical testing and performance monitoring of many world class Olympic and professional athletes.

Does exercise effect sleep?

Studies involving the effects of different types and duration of exercise on sleep efficiency have yielded conflicting results. However, in a study of the effects of power exercise on the sleep of a group of trained power lifters, the tendency was for this type of more strenuous exercise to affect sleep adversely (3).* Excessive training has also been reported to cause sleep disturbances as well as mood changes, and the sleep disruption was greater at higher training volumes (4).*

Does age effect sleep?

Sleep quality declines with age, with progressively less time in deep or slow wave sleep (SWS), which occurs during the initial part of sleep. Normal age related declines also occur in lean body mass, healthy growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1)(6).*


How does ZMA effect muscle strength?

In addition to measuring the healthy testosterone levels in the football players, Dr. Brilla measured their muscle strength and functional power increases. Pre and post leg strength and power measurements were made using a Biodex isokinetic dynamometer. The players who took ZMA nightly during the 8 week period of intensive training had greater strength gains than the placebo group.* The ZMA group also had two times greater functional power gains compared to the placebo group (1,2).*

Don’t athletes get enough zinc and magnesium from foods?

It is difficult to get proper amounts solely through the intake of whole foods.b> USDA studies show that 68% of self-selected diets contain less than two thirds of the RDA for zinc (27) and 39% contain less than two-thirds of the RDA for magnesium (28).* While zinc and magnesium are contained in a wide variety of foods, it’s been our experience that athletes don’t acquire sufficient quantities through their normal diets. One reason may be that foods high in these minerals aren’t necessarily the most desirable.* For example, the best food sources for zinc include oysters and beef liver. These foods just aren’t consumed by most athletes, nor should they be.

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2. Brilla LR, et al. Effects of zinc-magnesium (ZMA) supplementation on muscle attributes of football players. Med and Sci in Sports and Exercise, Vol. 31, No. 5, May 1999
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