The mineral zinc is at last receiving the respect it deserves from the athletic community. A now famous study conducted at Western Washington University evaluated the hormonal effects 8 weeks of nightly supplementation provided. A group of football players were divided into two test groups that either received the supplement or a placebo.
The testing procedures included a double blind and randomized protocol. Since most athletes are zinc deficient, the results were not all that surprising. The supplemented group, receiving 30 mg Zinc Monomethionine, 450 mg Magnesium Aspartate, and 10.5 mg Pyridoxine (Vitamin B-6) nightly, showed a blood plasma increase in both total and free (active) IGF-1.
The placebo group showed an effective decrease in both hormone forms. This study triggered the mass marketing of high absorption zinc supplements like Z-MASS and ZMA. Strangely enough, the supplements actually work in an accumulative manner for so-called naturals and chemically enhanced alike. The strange part is that the supplement industry is right in a percentage of these product claims. Imagine that!
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