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Any Brand of ZMA Works?


#1

Hey guys, im looking into getting a ZMA product, and while I would love to get Biotest's ZMA, that means I would for sure have to pay for it out of my own pocket (im 17, so my parents still pay for food/vitamins, yay me). If I asked my step-mom to get some ZMA from the store, she would gladly pay for it, but if I suggested to get it off this site, I would pay for it (I pay for any protein/supplements I want), and I would like to keep costs down (even only $15 a month) so I was wondering if it truly matters which brand ZMA I get?

Would some random store brand be alright, as long as it's only zinc/magnesium/B6 and doesn't have any added crap?


#2

I take Bodytech ZMA… works fine. Make sure it doesn’t have calcium carbonate.


#3

all the same.


#4

While I don’t have a direct answer to your question, as with many things make sure you don’t overdose as too much magnesium will result in CNS depression. Now zinc is present in semen and ejaculating a lot shouldn’t be a problem if you don’t mind my saying so as long as you don’t take a ridiculous dose (and some people have) things should be fine.


#5

seriously?

never heard that about magnesium… how much is too much?


#6

It’s all just zinc, magnesium and vitamin B12. Just choose one that has the same ratios of each of the ingredients in the Biotest ZMA and you’re golden. I’ve used the Biotest stuff and the one by Optimum Nutrition and get the same results with both.


#7

but all the brands i’ve used worked the same


#8

Original ZMA formulation:

zinc monomethionine aspartate (30 mg)
magnesium aspartate (450 mg)
Vitamin B6 (10.5 mg)


#9

Thanks for the replies. I figured as long as the amounts were the same it wouldn’t matter to much on the brand.


#10

Yes any brand will do.

Expect better sleep and recovery, but that’s about all.

Pretty good value supplement though.