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What is HMB (Beta-hydroxy beta-methylbutyrate)?

Hi All,

Following on from my last post on CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), which proved to be a very popular one I thought I would look at HMB or to give it it’s full title…Beta-hydroxy beta-methylbutyrate (wow, that is a mouth full)!

HMB is produced in the body from branch chain amino acids (more commonly known as BCAAs) and is believed to be involved in repair of the body at a cellular level.  HMB is marketed on the premise that it helps to increase muscle mass and strength in those that use it.  Common sources can be catfish, grapefruit or supplementation.

It has also been noted in a smaller number of studies that use of HMB can help to reduce muscle breakdown during a resistance training session and also accelerates repair post workout.

There are a lack of long terms studies into the use of HMB, this means that results are pretty likely in the first two months or training, after this period the effectiveness of HMB is less clear.

As usual any questions please post below.


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