Also indexed as:Beta Hydroxy-Beta-Methylbutyrate
Why Do Athletes Use It?*
Some athletes say that HMB promotes the loss body fat, helps build muscle and increase strength, speeds recovery between workouts, and reduces post-workout soreness.
What Do the Advocates Say?*
HMB may assist in accelerating the loss of body fat.
Exercise-induced muscle protein breakdown appears to decrease with HMB supplementation. This, in turn, should speed up recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage.
Enhanced strength and increased muscle mass have been documented in people supplementing with HMB. However, to date, a very limited number of studies have been done. Longitudinal studies to indicate possible long-term use effects of HMB have not been completed.
*Athletes and fitness advocates may claim benefits for this supplement based on their personal or professional experience. These are individual opinions and testimonials that may or may not be supported by controlled clinical studies or published scientific articles.
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