Take ZMA on an empty stomach
It can be a little tricky, but you must take ZMA supplements on an empty stomach! Unlike most other supplements zinc and magnesium will not be properly absorbed if taken with food. Take ZMA one to two hours after eating in the evening, 60 minutes before going to bed. You can still take your bedtime protein shake or protein snack immediately before going to sleep.
Zinc can be found in many foods such as fish, oysters, shellfish, poultry, red meat, cheese, legumes, whole grains, tofu and green beans.
Zinc is a requirement for a healthy immune system, and proper regulation of appetite, stress level, taste and smell. Zinc is also important for growth and reproduction in males and females. The antioxidant properties of zinc help neutralize free radicals that are damaging to the body caused by pollutants and toxins in the environment.
If zinc is deficient in the diet, it can be associated with health conditions such as: diabetes, eating disorders, low fertility (male), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, diarrhea in infants, alcoholism, HIV disease, pregnancy and an increased risk of contracting tuberculosis.
Zinc is an essential part of a properly functioning immune system. Studies have shown that zinc may be instrumental in shortening the intensity/duration of the common cold (it is not a cure), and may also expedite wound healing. Those with sickle cell anemia, HIV disease, and the elderly may also experience improved immunity to infections with proper supplementation of zinc.
Also, according to another study, proper zinc intake may help protect against osteoporosis by preserving bone mass and increasing the production of bone.
Suggested for… Recommended Daily Dose
Adult males 19+ 15 mg
Adult females 19+ 12 mg
Pregnancy 15 mg
Lactation- 1st 6 months 19 mg
Lactation- 2nd 6 months 16 mg
You must consult your physician before using any dietary supplements if you are currently taking any medications, as zinc may interact with other medications or drugs you are taking.
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