Is it true ZMA Supplements help with Stretch Marks?
I recently found out that you can get stretch marks from gaining muscle (which I didn't know before). I also heard that taking ZMA will help muscle repair, stretch marks and also help you get a better sleep at night. I also heard that ZMA can also be called a "Really Super Mild Steroid". Is that true?
What are the pros and cons of ZMA?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
ZMA (Zinc monomethionine aspartate and Magnesium Aspartate) is a supplement used by bodybuilders and athletes. It was developed by Victor Conte (founder of BALCO Laboratories in Burlingame, California) and is a combination of zinc, magnesium and vitamin B6. The formula is "patent pending" and the name "ZMA" trademarked by SNAC System Inc, also founded by Victor Conte. ZMA is claimed to raise testosterone and IGF-1 levels which may aid in gaining muscle size and strength. It is used as a bodybuilding supplement.
ZMA is a combination of two minerals, zinc and magnesium, and Vitamin B-6 or pyridoxine. All three of these compounds are important in biological processes, and while studies have shown that most Americans get enough zinc and Vitamin B6, more than 50% are deficient in magnesium.
An increase in exercise can lead to the loss of vitamins and minerals making it particularly important for bodybuilding due to the blood sugar level rises and urination increases, increasing the loss of magnesium, zinc, B12, B6, folic acid, and many other nutrients. Although drinking water re-hydrates an athlete, fruit juice, sports drinks or foods high in water such as vegetables are needed to replenish water-soluble nutrients.
The proportion of ingredients generally used in products is 20-30 mg Zinc, 400-500 mg Magnesium and ~10mg B6. According to the label directions, ZMA should be taken before bed on an empty stomach (2 hours after eating your last meal and at least 30 minutes prior to any other supplements). The product should not be taken with calcium.
It is not a steroid because it is just a combination of vitamins and minerals, but naturally increases testosterone levels. ZMA itself will not do anything for stretch marks, but is known to help you sleep better.
- CourtneyLv 45 years ago
true zma supplements stretch marks
- lv_consultantLv 71 decade ago
ZMA only works if you have nutrient deficiencies in the diet that it will help to correct, it is no miracle supplement. in regards to it raising test levels it only helps to restore them to normal levels.Source(s): BS Exercise Science IFPA Certified Master Trainer 25+ years of resistance training experience 17 years of martial arts training
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