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Vitamin and mineral products are not usually at the forefront of anyone’s mind when they are contemplating what to include in their supplement arsenal. Unlike powerful ingredients that burn fat, boost strength or produce insane amounts of energy, there is no buzz around boring old vitamins and minerals; but did you know that without sufficient amounts of these compounds in the body, you will not be able to burn that fat, gain that strength or produce that insane energy.
Why? Because these ingredients play pivotal roles in thousands of chemical reactions within the body and without them your body won’t be able to function at optimal levels.
In today’s review we are going to be looking at a product which is crucial for athletes who lead a physically demanding lifestyle. So let’s delve in shall we?
SNP’s Calmag is mainly a blend of calcium and magnesium but has a few other interesting ingredients to help bolster its effects.
As you can see from the ingredients in the product, SNP’s Calmag has a solid formulation. The ingredients are all in doses which will cover any potential shortfall, or deficiency, you may have from your fitness diet.
The body requires calcium to build and maintain strong bones throughout your life. It is also necessary for the proper function of the heart, muscles and nerves.
There are a number of studies that suggest that calcium, along with vitamin D, may potentially protect against cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure.
Magnesium in required for over 325 enzymatic reactions. These include the synthesis of protein and fat, muscular contraction and relaxation as well as neurological activity. This mineral also plays a crucial role in aerobic and anaerobic production, including the metabolism of ATP (adenosine triphosphate).
A magnesium deficiency can result in altered cardiovascular function, impaired carbohydrate metabolism with greater insulin resistance and decreased insulin secretion.
In order for calcium to be absorbed, your body requires the presence of vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 not only helps with absorption, but in fact, it has a plethora of benefits. The one which is most important to the athlete and bodybuilder is that a deficiency in this vitamin may be interfering with your strength gains. Side effects of deficiency often include muscle weakness and atrophy especially in Type II muscle fiber. Even more scary than this is that vitamin D deficiency is often common among athletes.
Zinc is very important for the healthy functioning of the hormone, enzyme and immune systems. Zinc is often lost through sweat making supplementation with this trace mineral very important for athletes.
Zinc has been found to help boost testosterone levels in individuals who are zinc deficient; and in very high doses can act as an aromatase inhibitor and reduce estrogen levels.
Boron is a trace mineral which is often forgotten about when considering testosterone boosting vitamin and mineral compounds, however, according to studies Boron has yielded the most impressive results on natural testosterone production.
Having a copper deficiency can negatively affect your blood cells as it causes anemia. Anemia is a condition that occurs when red blood cells can’t supply sufficient oxygen to tissues, something which is crucial for athletes. Low copper levels also have the potential to harm your nervous system.
As you can see the formulation of this product is rather impressive but what about the price? Well, the product retails at R109 for a 30 day supply. For such a quality product it is definitely a very well-priced product.
Calcium is the most abundant mineral in your body and forms the basic structure of your bones and teeth, including cell membrane protection.Just one serving of SNP CalMag provides 40% of the recommended daily amount of calcium in a bio-available form, as well as the key minerals zinc and magnesium, with added Vitamin D to maximise absorption.
The ingredients in this product will help you to build strong bones, ensure the proper function of the heart, muscles and nerves, help to produce energy (especially ATP), boost testosterone and lower estrogen. The list goes on and on.
If you suspect that you may have a deficiency in magnesium or calcium, or potentially any of the ingredients contained in this product, then make sure to add this to your supplement regimen so that you can ensure that you get the best possible results from all the hard work you put in dieting and training.