- ZMA consists of Zinc, magnesium aspartate, and vitamin B6.
- Zinc Improves your immunity by reducing oxidative stress as well as inflammation in your body.
- Improve sleep quality
- Improves the levels of anabolic hormones which aid in protein synthesis which ultimately leads to faster muscle building.
- Magnesium in ZMA helps in increasing the testosterone levels by binding with a protein known as sex hormone binding globulin(SHBG)
ZMA by ON nutrition is a supplement aimed at getting better sleep by getting more REM(rapid eye movement) sleep which is considered to be the best kind of sleep one can have.
Good sleep helps your body in achieving muscle gains faster as it aids in recovery post workout.
Every manufacturer has its own mix of ingredients.
In order to get the same amount of magnesium from natural sources, you will need to eat 3.5 cups of walnuts or 39 medium-sized oysters.
Supplement science ZMA differentiates itself from other competitors in the manner that along with the good old ZMA blend it contains Bioperine and extract of black pepper which is known to boost the absorption of zinc and magnesium in the body.
Unlike many other ZMA’s available in the market the JYM ZMA has a full disclosure policy and enlists all its ingredients on the label.
Some people do not like melatonin which is an ingredient included in ZMA’S to improve sleep JYM does not contain melatonin.
This ZMA supplement from the house of Muscle Pharm contains melatonin which helps you in going to sleep.
Apart from this the MP essentials Z-core PM contains fenugreek and copper glycinate extracts which help in boosting your testosterone levels while you are asleep.
The Mp essentials Z-core PM should be taken by people who have trouble falling asleep or people who tend to workout during nights as when you work out your body temperature increases which adversely impacts your quality of sleep.
SNAC nutrition are the pioneers of ZMA supplements all brands using the ZMA name have to pay licensing fees to this company.
SNAC-5 is an updated formulation of ZMA blend which consists of a neurotransmitter 5-HTP, folic acid, and Bioperine which aids in the absorption of the ZMA blend in your body.
Apart from the regular ingredients in the ZMA blend the Evlution Z-Matrix contains vitamin D3 along with folic acid, L-theanine and Bioperine black pepper extract which aids in easy absorption of the nutrients in your body.
For people concerned about melatonin the Evlution does not contain melatonin so this is a benefit.
Met-Rx ZMA has a basic ZMA blend and no special stuff like vitamin D3, 5-HTP or Bioperine hence if you are looking to pack that extra punch in your ZMA then Met-Rx should not be your choice.
Met-Rx has a very bad aftertaste as reported by many users so take it with caution.
Met-Rx is the new kid on the block so you can go for it if you like to try out new brands otherwise go with tried and tested brands.
ZMA Pro is another standard ZMA blend which contains no special ingredients.
The company claims that the ZMA Pro has a quick release formulation which increases the rate at which the nutrients are absorbed in the body.
If you ask me as there are no special ingredients which make the quick release formulation possible it might be just that the company has made a much finer powder as compared to what’s available in the market, you are fine if you take ZMA before bed.
ZMA Pro is suitable for people looking for a blend which is devoid of special ingredients like Bioperine and 5-HTP the brand universal nutrition is an established one which is a plus point over Met-Rx.
PrimaForce ZMA is another supplement which does not contain a huge variety of ingredients like fenugreek or Bioperine which aid in the absorption of zinc in the body.
Most of the users say that they sleep like a baby when they take PrimaForce ZMA hence it is good for people who are looking to solve their sleep disorders with this supplement.
The cost of PrimaForce ZMA is arguably the cheapest among the lot which makes it the best choice for people just testing the waters in the ZMA world, once you get a hang of it you can buy the expensive supplements.
Now sports ZMA has more vitamin B6 content as compared to other ZMA supplements.
Magnesium and zinc are according to industry standards. Th Now sports ZMA is gluten and GMO-free and the company has a good brand value.
Users report having good quality sleep.
Nugenix is specially designed to give testosterone boost to your system.
Apart from the regular ZMA blend Nugenix contains Tribulus Terrestris fruit extract which improves the levels of testosterone and melatonin which is a great sleep aid.
Many people won’t like nugenix because it contains melatonin but if that’s not a problem for you then Nugenix is an excellent choice.
What sets Nugenix apart from the pack is its testosterone boosting capabilities which are found wanting in most ZMA supplements.
Millenium sports ZMK contains certain extra ingredients along with the regular ZMA ones with Vitamin B6 levels going through the roof.
ZMK is an advanced Krebs chilated formula which basically means that ZMK contains certain essential ingredients like Citrate, malate, fumarate, succinate, and alpha Keto Glutarate which help in the absorption of minerals like Magnesium, Zinc, B6 and copper, chromium, molybdenum, potassium, and vanadium.
ZMK contains a 72 trace mineral blend which is essential in the absorption of many enzymes, vitamins and minerals in the body.
Things Which You Will Need to Remember.
- ZMA’S and dairy products don’t go that well together as you may find digestive discomfort if you mix both in your system.
- If you are planning to take a ZMA supplement which contains Melatonin then take the supplement right before you go to bed as you will fall asleep quickly.
- Yes ZMA’s are found to increase testosterone levels in men but only in men having zinc and magnesium deficiency if your body already has enough amount of zinc and magnesium you might find no substantial increase in your testosterone levels but yes ZMA will help you with your sleep.
Finally, remember that ZMA’S are supplements and like any other supplements they can’t work without a strict diet and workout plan.