Can This Supplement (ZMA) Actually BOOST Testosterone?


New supplements popup all the time, all of
which promising to help you reach the mythical fountain of gains. Sure enough, ZMA supplements are of similar
variety, making claims that it can boost testosterone, help with recovery, and promote muscle protein
synthesis. All the ZMA rage started back in 1998, when
a study observed Division II football players taking this new ZMA tablet, and found a substantial
30% increase in testosterone levels and 250% greater strength gains than a placebo. Quite a miraculous breakthrough. However, it was found that the study was funded
by the company that created the supplement, SNAC Systems Incorporated. AND, one of the authors, Victor Conte, is
the founder of that very same company. Side note: He’s also the founder of the
company BALCO of the infamous BALCO scandal, which exposed the company for distributing
banned substances to high-profile athletes. So, that leaves doubt to the initial study,
but does that mean ZMA is completely useless? And for the most part, no, but it’s not
because ZMA does anything magical. It’s actually just three critical micronutirents
that our body needs! Zinc, a mineral where if you’re deficient
will result in decreased serum testosterone. Magnesium, which is the second most commonly
deficient micronutrient behind Vitamin D and has been thoroughly found to slightly improve
sleep quality. And Vitamin B6, a multi-purpose coenzyme that
might aid in energy production. If you’re already consuming enough of these
three, then ZMA is essentially ineffective. As far as their claims, independent studies
pretty much showed them to be largely untrue. Aptly summarized by a 2004 study, “ZMA supplementation
during training does not appear to enhance training adaptations in resistance trained
populations.” Granted, athletes and lifters might be deficient
from these nutrients due to exercise, but there are many natural food sources to replenish
them. To name a few, oysters, beef, fish, sunflower
seeds, bananas, spinach, nuts, chicken, brown rice, avocados, and turkey. So, my final verdict on ZMA is that, unless
you’re deficient in any of the three nutrients in it, ZMA, by and large isn’t necessary. So that means for the most of you, you can
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