ZMA All The Way

Zinc Magnesium Aspartate (ZMA) is a combination vitamin and mineral containing zinc, magnesium and vitamin B6. Each of these micronutrients is essential for the human body, particularly if you want to maintain optimum energy levels and physical performance.

Zinc is involved in energy metabolism during intense physical exertion. It is also important to the production of testosterone.

Magnesium is necessary for glycogen breakdown, protein synthesis, lipolysis (fat breakdown) and Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) replenishment (ATP is the energy ‘currency’ of the body).

Vitamin B6 is important in protein metabolism and necessary for maximum muscle and liver glycogen storage.

A deficiency in any of these vitamins and minerals can impair performance and those who train more regularly increase their need for them and make themselves more vulnerable to deficiencies if they do not make the necessary adjustments to their diet. ZMA is associated with improving sleep quality, physical performance and libido (due to the increase in levels of free testosterone). It is also linked to immune support and gains in muscle mass (although research is conflicting for muscle gains).

Optimum Health Ultimate ZMA is only £6.95 for 90 caps.

Unless you take this supplement in excess of the recommended dosage, there are no clinically reported side effects.

About the Author

Job Role Sports Nutritionist and Social Media Coordinator Qualifications Bsc Sport and Exercise Science Steph has a competitive athletic background which spans 19 years. As a child she performed with the English Youth Ballet and had performed on the West End stage by the age of 10. Her enthusiasm for sport and fitness continued to grow as she did, encouraging her to learn more about nutrition and training. She began using her knowledge and personal experience to help others when she began coaching at the age of 16. From here, she went on to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex during which time she also received the Most Promising Newcomer Award from her University to mark her outstanding contribution to sport. During her first year of study she was introduced to partner stunt acrobatics and artistic gymnastics. After one year of dedicating herself to a lifestyle revolving around her sport, she was training with the best team in the UK who are currently ranked fifth in the world. Steph has worked in both the private and public sector coaching children and adults from grassroot to elite level as well as providing them with cutting edge advice on how to reach their goals. Steph has received awards for her choreography and has competed nationally and internationally meaning that she can back up her scientific knowledge with a wealth of experience. As our resident Sports Nutritionist, Steph is here to provide the most current and evidence based fitness, health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals.


  • dan harvey
    December 12, 2012 dan harvey

    i take my Optimum zma every night with out fail. it comes number one on my supp list!

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