riyada in arabic means "training" or "discipline". It was used by the arabs in relation to horse taming. Sufis refer to their discipline as "riyadat an-nafs": disciplining the soul / training the ego. Today, the word riyada has come to mean "sports". There is an Arabic proverb that says: "The purpose of sports (riyada) is not to win cups, but to discipline the soul". This blog is here to help me discipline my soul and train my body.

Saturday, May 13, 2006


Wow. I had some amaazing dreams last night. Amazing. I mean, I've been having great dreams every night for a while now (and I'll you'll soon find out why), but yesterday's were just.. brilliant. I have the most amazing director up in that head. Anyway, I thought I'd share this info about ZMA with you all so you can have those dreams if you wished to (I don't guarantee however that they'd be as good as mine, depends on the quality of that director).

What is ZMA? It's one of the cheapest and most effective supplements out there.. Simply nothing but Zinc and Magnesium, with a bit of vitamin B6 to maximize absorption. Now MOST (up to 75%) of all Americans (and i'm betting more than 50% of Europeans and other people) are deficient in Zinc and Magnesium. Furthermore, studies show that almost 100% of all athletes are deficient in both Zinc and Magnesium. Yeah, that's 100%. Not only that, but anyone who sweats a lot is (most likely) deficient in both. Vegetarian or vegan? You're deficient as well.

What does it do? One study showed that it increases free testosterone in professional athletes by 33% and significantly increases their strength and power in 8 weeks. Charles Poliquin also has said his athletes really start to feel the difference after 6 weeks of use. Also increases growth hormone release during your sleep. Basically it restores all those hormones that you need for being strong and healthy and losing fat, to normal levels. People who also have less zinc also have weaker immune systems.

But even better than that- more restful, deeper sleep and of course, the amaaazing dreams. The dreams alone are worth the cheap price of ZMA.

Why can't you just get your zinc and magensium from a multivitamin/mineral formula? Because these formulas have calcium in them, and then there's even more calcium that's not mentioned and is used to bind together the vitamins and minerals. And calcium interferes with the absorption of zinc and magnesium. So even if you're taking a multi formula, you're not really getting zinc and magnesium into you because of the calcium.

Anyway, that was my first supplement review here.
You can find ZMA for about 10 bucks for a month's supply. I recommend at least two months use for athletes.


Blogger HijabiApprentice said...

thank you so much for the information!

June 17, 2006 at 2:22 AM


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