Zinc Ultimine™ by Nutrimuscle is an excellent source of zinc. This supplement is produced using a patented fermentation process, in which the koji (a so-called “good” mould or fungus) absorbs food-grade zinc. This technique makes it possible to obtain zinc that is much better assimilated at equal doses.
Zinc is a mineral micro-nutrient that has an essential role in carrying out more than 100 enzymatic reactions that are vital for our body. It can be found in certain foods such as seafood, meat, offal and some cereals.
Fight against Zinc deficiency
Many scientific studies have addressed the issue of the micronutrient status of athletes. And these all tend towards the same conclusion: athletes are generally deficient in vitamins and minerals. To give an example, a fairly recent study (1) observed micronutritional deficiencies in zinc, magnesium, calcium and vitamin C in top French rugby players.
Why does this zinc deficiency particularly concern athletes? This is due to the sweating that occurs during training, which results in the elimination of about 10% of zinc (2).
Zinc supplements are also recommended for people on a vegetarian or vegan diet (3). Because zinc is found mainly in animal proteins.
Improved sports performance
The main negative action caused by low zinc levels in athletes is the decrease in testosterone levels (4-5). This hormone is particularly important in weight training, as it supports muscle growth, maintains muscle mass and provides the energy needed to resist fatigue during training. Testosterone also promotes muscle and nerve recovery after exercise.
Zinc supplements therefore help to prevent sports performance from declining.
Strengthening the immune system
According to scientific studies, low zinc levels in the body lead to a weakened immune system (4-5). This lowered immune system, combined with the oxidative stress caused by training, can increase the chances of developing respiratory infections and other inflammatory phenomena. Zinc supplements can therefore reduce the intensity and duration of these symptoms in the athlete (4).
Nutritional composition per 100g:
- Protein 0g
- Fat 0g
- Carbohydrates 0g
- Calories 0 kcal
Zinc in capsules:
- Prebiotics (Inulin Frutafit HD)
- Zinc Ultimine
- HPMC vegetarian capsule and water
Nutrimuscle vegetarian capsules
100% vegetable cellulose
We chose Zinc from producer Naturex for its patented form which has superior bioavailability and stronger assimilative power. Indeed, the fermentation process of the koji will bind the zinc molecules inside it and allow the body to assimilate it like a food rich in zinc.
1 Capsule contains 11mg of zinc, AJR 110%.
Zinc is for:
Athletes to preserve their health and improve their performance.
Sedentary people who need to improve their zinc intake.
Take 1 to 2 capsules of Nutrimuscle Zinc per day.
It is possible to take Nutrimuscle Zinc at any time of the day, but we recommend taking it with one of your meals (morning, noon, snack or evening).
It is preferable to take your Zinc capsule with a meal, as protein and carbohydrates improve its assimilation.
Synergies between supplements:
Zinc can be taken in synergy with vitamin C, Multiminerals and selenium to increase the immune defences. It can also be taken with ZMB or ZMP to improve nerve recovery. There is also a synergy with BCAAs, improving the assimilation of them. A Zinc + Vitamin D intake may also help to combat depression. (6)
Antagonisms between supplements:
No significant antagonisms.
- (1) Finaud J., et al. Résultats d’une enquête alimentaire chez des joueurs de rugby de haut niveau. Cahiers de Nutrition et de Diététique. 2003 Sept; 38 (4) : 234-241
- (2) DeRuisseau K.C., et al. Sweat iron and zinc losses during prolonged exercise. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2002 Dec ; 12 (4) : 428-37
- (3) Maares M. ; A Guide to Human Zinc Absorption: General Overview and Recent Advances of In Vitro Intestinal Models. Nutrients. 2020 Mar; 12(3): 762.
- (4) Wintergest, E.S ; Maggini, S. ;Hornig, D.H Immune-Enhancing Role of Vitamin C and Zinc and Effect on Clinical Conditions. Ann Nutr Metab 2005, 50, 85-94.
- (5) Peake, J.M ; Gerrard, D.F. ; Griffin, J.F. Plasma zinc and immune markers in runners in response to a moderate increase in training volume. Int J Sports Med 2003, 24, 212-216
- (6) Yosaee S, Soltani S, Esteghamati A, Motevalian SA, Tehrani-Doost M, Clark CCT, Jazayeri S. Effects of zinc, vitamin D, and their co-supplementation on mood, serum cortisol, and brain-derived neurotrophic factor in patients with obesity and mild to moderate depressive symptoms. Nutrition. 2020 Mar;71:110601. doi: 10.1016/j.nut.2019.110601. Epub 2019 Oct 15. PMID: 31837640.
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As consumers of our products, we favour traceability and transparency for our producers and our supplements.
At Nutrimuscle, we only use very high-end minerals whose quality is guaranteed by leading international players: the French group Naturex, a specialist in natural plant-based ingredients, produces Nutrimuscle Zinc.
Fight against Zinc deficiencies
As explained previously, sweating caused by intense training causes loss of minerals including zinc. This loss will be exacerbated when training takes place in hot or humid places, especially during summer periods in Europe. Vigilance must be required and we must not hesitate to increase the doses to overcome this deficit.
People who participate in endurance or strength sports and follow a calorie restriction diet are more likely to be deficient in zinc when they need it most (1). Indeed, the sport practice involving a strong muscular use increases the needs in vitamins and minerals. While a hypocaloric diet decreases the intake of vitamins and minerals.
Improved athletic performance
Zinc and testosterone
Testosterone is a hormone regulated by many nutrients. Zinc is one of the essential nutrients for maintaining testosterone levels. Studies have shown the link between zinc deficiency and falling testosterone levels (2-3).
The main negative action caused by low zinc levels in athletes is the decrease in testosterone levels. However, this hormone is particularly important in bodybuilding, because it helps support muscle growth, maintain muscle mass and provide the energy necessary to be able to resist fatigue during training. Testosterone also promotes muscle and nerve recovery after exercise. Zinc supplementation therefore helps prevent sports performance from falling.
Zinc and inflammation in athletes
On the other hand, several studies have shown that zinc supplementation for athletes improves the anti-inflammatory response triggered during exercise. (4)
Strengthening the immune system
According to scientific studies, low levels of zinc in the body lead to a weakened immune system (2-3). This drop in immune defenses combined with the oxidative stress caused by training can increase the chances of developing respiratory infections and other inflammatory phenomena. This makes zinc the ideal ally in cold weather when the body is particularly sensitive to infections and viruses from outside. Zinc supplementation can then reduce the intensity and duration of these symptoms in athletes (2). Zinc supplementation for people exercising several times a week also minimizes the drop in immune function which can degrade performance. (5-6-7-8-9-10)
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- (2) Wintergest, E.S ; Maggini, S. ; Hornig, D.H Immune-Enhancing Role of Vitamin C and Zinc and Effect on Clinical Conditions. Ann Nutr Metab 2005, 50, 85-94.
- (3) Peake, J.M ; Gerrard, D.F. ; Griffin, J.F. Plasma zinc and immune markers in runners in response to a moderate increase in training volume. Int J Sports Med 2003, 24, 212-216
- (4) Kara, E. ; Ozal, M. ; Gunay, M. ; Kilic, M. ; Baltaci, A.K. ; Mogulkoc, R. Effects of exercise and zinc supplementation on cytokine release in young wrestlers. Biol Trace Elem Res 2011, 143, 1435-1440, doi :10.1007/s12011-011-9005-1.
- (5) Nieman, D.C. Exercise. Exercise immunology : nutritional countermeasures. Can J Appl Physiol 2001, 26, S45-55.
- (6) Peake, J.M ; Gerrard, D.F. ; Griffin, J.F. Plasma zinc and immune markers in runners in response to a moderate increase in training volume. Int J Sports Med 2003, 24, 212-216
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Certificates and studies
- Benefits of weight training + zinc for diabetes?
- Zinc can raise transaminases when blood is drawn
- Benefits of weight training + zinc for diabetes?
- Zinc may raise transaminases when blood is drawn
- Role of dietary histamine on asthma?
- Zinc for major adverse cardiovascular events?
- Zinc for bone health?
- Zinc for health?
- Zinc for better sleep?
- Zinc for lead toxicity?
- Zinc to reduce inflammation markers?