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Universal - ZMA

Universal ZMA PRO - Zinc Monomethionine Aspartate (Magnesium Aspartate and Vitamin B6) it is most often used as a recovery aid; notably, studies show that ZMA helps the body achieve deeper levels of REM sleep. But why is this important?

There are three primary factors that cause resistance training (lifting) to result in muscle growth: mechanical tension, muscle damage, and metabolic stress. When a muscle is under stress as result of one (or all) of the previous three factors, microscopic tears occur in the muscle fibres. The body responds to this trauma by overcompensating: the damaged tissue is repaired and more is added, making the muscle bigger and stronger so as to reduce the risk of damage in the future. What does this have to do with anything?

Universal ZMA has the answer. Contrary to popular belief, muscles don’t grow in the gym, they grow in your sleep. As your body moves through the sleep cycle, it body enters REM (rapid eye movement) sleep a number of times each night, it is during REM when the bulk of muscular development occurs.

During this time the body enters the Anabolic State, characterised by an increase in free testosterone levels and a decrease in cortisol (the stress hormone). Such an environment allows for increased protein synthesis, greater nutrient bioavailability and faster nutrient uptake. Muscle tissue growth and recovery can only be accomplished if the body remains in a REM induced anabolic state for a considerable length of time.

ZMA will help the body to stay in this anabolic state longer – by pushing you into a deeper level of REM sleep – and thereby aid in the development of overall lean muscle mass.

Universal ZMA formula is composed of zinc monomethionine and aspartate (30 mg), magnesium aspartate (450 mg), and vitamin B6 (10.5 mg), and is supported by clinical results. In an eight week double blind, placebo controlled study with college football players, ZMA was found to increase total plasma testosterone levels by 32.4%, increase Insulin-Like Growth Factor by 3.6%, increase free testosterone levels by 33.5%.

The study also showed testosterone levels and GF-1 levels actually dropped in the placebo group overnight, whereas with the ZMA group, it jumped.


3 caps of Universal ZMA should be taken 30 - 60 minutes prior to bedtime and on an empty stomach to help synchronise absorption with REM sleep. Also, the product should not be taken with foods or supplements containing calcium because calcium blocks the absorption of zinc