Last but far from least: zinc. When you think of zinc, visualize some 200 workers building, repairing damage and helping you recover from your intense training session. Zinc helps stimulate about 200 enzyme systems into action that supports growth. In fact, zinc regulates many hormones that control growth, including testosterone, and thus is vital to your ability to build lean muscle. Zinc also stimulates the release of growth hormone in conjunction with the mineral magnesium.
Supplements containing zinc and magnesium asparate have gained much publicity over the past several years, under the name ZMA. When taken 30 to 60 minutes before sleeping, that combination sends your anabolic potential into overdrive. The recommended dose is 15 to 50 milligrams daily. ZMA is suggested in doses of 450 milligrams of magnesium and 30 milligrams of zinc.
All Together Now…
Overwhelming evidence confirms just how important these small but dynamic substances are to the function of the body’s metabolic machinery. They should be the foundation of your supplement regimen, not unsung heroes of your strength and size gains. Use them daily and consistently, starting with a multiple vitamin-and-mineral formula. Your muscles, hormones, enzymes and every anabolic cycle in your body will thank you. IM