Superminerals : Zinc & Magnesium

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 supplements we should add to out lifestyle. yes we are deficient.



  • Generations of farming reliant on the use of chemicals has rendered American farm ground sterile and literally lifeless, unable to hold either nutrients or water, a problem the U.N. says is a grave threat to human health
  • Soil experts are realizing that bare ground between rows of crops increases not just topsoil erosion, but fertilizer and other chemical runoff into water supplies, while others are examining the implications of C02’s role in declining nutrition
  • Researchers have begun fighting harmful bacteria, such as salmonella, by spreading bacteria on crops as a way to prevent regular outbreaks of food poisoning from tomatoes grown on the East Coast
  • Three recent historical food composition data studies found that as much as 40 percent and even more of minerals in plant-based foods have been depleted by substandard soil



There are a few minerals known as super minerals, the use of which are absolutely crucial to our body and have the power to make us super human. Magnesium is one of those super minerals. Magnesium is involved in more than 300 essential metabolic reactions. Magnesium  is arguably the most important mineral in the body, which is why magnesium deficiency can be such an issue. Magnesium is an essential mineral and a cofactor (a compound that is essential for the activity of an enzyme) for hundreds of enzymes. Magnesium is involved in many physiologic pathways, including energy production, nucleic acid and protein synthesis, ion transport, cell signaling, and also has structural functions.


 Zinc is a mineral we shouldn’t ignore either. Numerous aspects of cellular metabolism are zinc-dependent. Zinc plays important roles in growth and development, the immune response, neurological function, and reproduction. Zinc has been found to be critical for protein synthesis, the molecular mechanism that leads to muscle recovery and growth. On the cellular level, the function of zinc can be divided into three categories:

  • catalytic,
  • structural
  • regulatory

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.

Zinc is also critical for maintaining thyroid hormone production. This is important for keeping your metabolic rate (the amount of calories you burn each day) and fat-burning capabilities up. Being low in zinc can limit thyroid hormone production, and compromised thyroid hormone function results in a lower metabolic rate, which makes it harder to drop body fat. Research confirms that when your diet is low in zinc, thyroid hormone levels fall and resting metabolic rate drops.

One study from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) found that subjects placed on a low-zinc diet had significantly lowered metabolic rates. When the subjects took 25 mg of zinc each day for 20 days, their metabolic rate jumped up to levels that were higher than even before they followed the low-zinc diet.


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.


MyProtein ZMA : 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.



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