As my supplement knowledge grew, I began to want to learn more about natural testosterone boosters
kept popping up during my search as being a natural and affordable option to supporting and optimizing test levels, as well as aiding in muscle recovery
. For those unaware, ZMA
is a blend of zinc, vitamin B6, and magnesium (most often in aspartate form). It is often found in some capacity in most natural testosterone boosters
I decided to go ahead and go with ON's brand of ZMA
. I purchased 90 caps for $12.99 from BB.com and started off dosing just 1 cap just before bed. After a few days I had upped my dosing to the recommended 3 caps. I'll note that I didn't start feeling the immediate effects of the product until I was taking the maximum recommended dose. Additionally, I did not consume any form of calcium within an hour of dosing ZMA
as supposedly doing so can inhibit the body's absorption of the zinc.
TASTE & MIXABILITY: N/A
Obviously since this is a capsule supplement neither of these categories apply. I will say that the caps are small and VERY manageable, even for someone who dislikes swallowing pills.
Once I upped my dosing to 3 pills I immediately noticed an increase in the quality and deepness of my sleep. I am a very solid sleeper – I get at least 6 to 8 hours every single night. I rarely wake up during the night and I do not have any issues falling asleep. Even so, I still found that my sleep improved while taking ZMA
. It's hard to describe the sensation, but about 20 minutes or so after dosing I would feel very relaxed and not want to move my limbs at all. It was a comfortable sensation and not at all unpleasant.
Generally two side effects are common when taking ZMA
. The first is vivid and "extreme" dreaming. I certainly experienced this, although I was not in any way bothered by the effects. Ever since I was a little kid I've often had very graphic and disturbing dreams – I am not sure exactly why. Although I did have vivid dreams for nearly two weeks straight, I would consider the dreams more "normal". The dreaming effects diminished after about three weeks of using the product.
The second side that many people discuss is lethargy upon waking. Fortunately I did not experience this problem. If anything I awoke more refreshed than normal. I had no issues getting out of bed and no lasting feelings of lethargy throughout my day. My sleep schedule is quite strict however and I do work your standard 9-5 office job. I would caution anyone with an irregular sleeping schedule or job that requires them to be "on call" to be careful when taking ZMA
, as it very well might interfere in a negative manner.
As for raising or optimizing my natural test levels – this is something I found difficult to discern. I didn't notice any difference in my workouts or my mood while taking this product. I wasn't more prone to anger or anything along those lines. I will say that I did experience a solid boost in my sex Drive
, which was a very big plus for this product as I take anti-anxiety medication that can put a serious damper on my love life. As a side note – I was also taking Animal Stak
for most of the time that I was dosing ZMA
, and it's likely that it was a combination of both products that caused the sex Drive
The bottle of 90 caps lasted me about a month. Considering that most test boosters cost upwards of $50 and last around the same time period, I feel that ZMA
is a much more affordable option for those looking to optimize their natural testosterone levels. Additionally, ZMA
has the benefit of aiding in sleep and recovery
, which in my opinion is far more valuable than slightly increased test levels.
At .40 cents per serving (.32 for the 180 cap bottle), ON's ZMA
is certainly an extremely affordable option. Although there are a few brands out there with cheaper ZMA
, with ON you can rest assured that you are getting a quality product.
is an excellent and affordable supplement with multiple benefits. It does not need to be cycled and can be stacked on a bulk or cut. In all honesty, there aren't that many products out there with the same nutritional, hormonal, and recovery
benefits then plain ZMA
. I highly recommend trying this product, regardless of brand. Furthermore, I think this is an excellent option for those younger lifters who probably wouldn't benefit much from a natural t-booster due to already high test levels. ZMA
can help optimize those already high levels and will save you wallet from an unnecessary beating.
has become a steady staple in my stack. Although I am currently taking PowerFULL
and have put the ZMA
aside for the moment, I already have two bottles of SciFit
(BOGO deal on BB.com) lined up and ready to go. If you haven't already done so, give this product a shot. You won't be sorry.