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ZMA and Protein Before Bed


#1

Hello,

How do y'all time your bedtime protein shake and your ZMA? We are supposed to take ZMA on an empty stomach before bed, but we are also supposed to take a protein shake before bed.

Thanks


#2

I try to take the pills 1/2 hr or so before I have my shake. When I forget to do this I generally just take the pills with my shake. I would suggest you try the former, but if you forget like I do sometimes, the latter should be fine.


#3

I drink my protein about an hour before bed and take ZMA right before I go to sleep.

Whey can take up to 4 hours to digest and I heard something like up to 7 or 8 hours for casein protein, so there isn't realy a need to have it right before you sleep.

I split up the two because there is a lot of calcium in Grow! and I don't want to take ZMA with any calcium because they 'fight' for absorbtion.


#4

I do just what DK. Oh, and I'm glad to see someone else who knows how to properly use "former" and "latter"


#5

When I don't have any casein protein I use whey right before bed.If you mix it with some skim milk or almond milk it will slow down the digestion.


#6

would DHB help absorbtion of ZMA??? I had the same problem of when to take it. so I just dropped it.


#7

I take my ZMA 1 hr before bed, after my last low-calcium meal, giving it time to be absorbed before the calcium influx with my pre-bed protein shake.

(...and sorry to hijack, but how else are the words "former" and "latter" ever used??)