What You Should Know
HMB is what is called a “branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) metabolite ß-hydroxy-ß-methylbutyrate monohydrate (HMB)” that is believed to enhance the body’s processes in minimizing the breakdown of protein and the damages in muscle cells, thus alleviating muscle breakdown which sometimes happens after a strenuous workout. It is generally used by those who have a focused body building routine looking to add bulk (weight) and muscle. Some of the benefits associated with using the HMB product, besides muscle breakdown, are that it aids in endurance, alleviates a degree of muscle fatigue, speeds up muscle recovery and increases workout intensity. Some studies have shown HMB to enhance fat burning as well.
Additional ingredients include calcium, potassium, cellulose, silicon dioxide, and magnesium stearate.
HMB is naturally produced by the body. HMB can be found in both plants and animals and is commonly found in alfalfa, grapefruit, and catfish. While HMB has been extensively studied by the medical field and scientific researchers, it has not been confirmed how HMB works in the body. The general consensus is that the amino acid metabolite aids the body’s own ability to reduce protein breakdown related to muscle stress, common after an intense workout, and it may also help to maintain the makeup of cell membranes preventing extensive cell damage. HMB has been most associated with those in the body building field who wish to pack on muscle and weight and has not really been established as a product for fat burning or weight management. Many have found that the optimum results are realized in the first 30 to 60 days of product use and are more effective when combined with the use of creatine
- HMB may help in muscle recovery and muscle weight gain.
- May aid in the body’s own natural production of HMB.
- May not be effective after the initial 30 cycle.
- Not an effective supplement for weight loss or management.
- There are no guarantees of success when using this product.
- HMB seems to be better suited for body builders.
There are many products on the market today that aid in muscle growth and recovery. The truly proven muscle building products are now banned in the United States. The average user of products such as HMB may experience some results in the initial phase of product use, but results from continued use have not been confirmed. If you are interested in trying a product like HMB, look around for a free sample that you can try before you buy. Some of these products may produce a jittery feeling when combined or “stacked” with other products such as creatine. Find the combination that is right for you by starting off in small amounts. A healthy eating plan of six small meals per day and a regular workout/exercise program will produce the results most people are looking for – when they stick with it. If you belong to a gym, consult with a personal trainer about what’s best for you.