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HMB Supplement Review
By The Ministry of Fitness
HMB (beta-hydroxy beta-methylbutyrate) FAQ
What is HMB? HMB is a metabolite of the branched chain amino acid Leucine. HMB is not a steroid or a drug but is a classified as a dietary supplement. It is found in foods (vegetables and meat) and is also manufactured by the body.
Why should I consider supplementing with HMB?
- HMB appears to increase the body's ability to build muscle and burn fat.
- HMB has been shown to have a positive effect on protein metabolism.
- Human studies show only positive effects on health and metabolism.
- HMB is thought to minimise protein breakdown when combined with resistance-training and may cause an increase in muscle mass and strength.
- It is suggested that taking 1 gram of HMB with 1 gram of Vitamin C, 1 hour before training, minimises muscle soreness and improves recovery times.
- HMB is thought to aid preservation of muscle tissue when dieting.
Are there any side-effects to HMB supplementation?
Studies to date show no adverse effects to HMB supplementation.
Which Foods are high in HMB?
The following foods contain a high concentration of HMB
Please note that these foods do not contain enough HMB to be realistically considered as a method of HMB supplementation.
What are the recommended doses for HMB supplementation?
It is suggested that 3 grams of HMB per day is optimal for mass and strength gains. However, some research suggests that, for people who weigh 200 pounds or more, doses of up to 6 grams per day are required to see results.
Does HMB work?
There is a large group of people who would be considered seasoned lifters who have posted in both MFW & URB and firmly stated that they found HMB to be of no benefit whatsoever. Whilst research from the ISURF program (who own the patent on HMB) appears to prove that HMB works one cannot discount the "real world" evidence of everyday athletes. It must be noted that there are people who swear by HMB - you must make up your own mind. Research funded by Supplement Co's or individuals with an interest in the sale and marketing of HMB have found HMB to be effective. HMB does not appear to be supported by anything like as much research as Creatine and the research supporting HMB is not as detailed nor was it as widely accepted by their peers in journals and reviews etc. It should also be noted that Creatine can help maintain muscle mass.
DISCLAIMER THE INFORMATION CONTAINED WITHIN THIS ARTICLE IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. IT IS INTENDED TO SHOW WHAT GLUTAMINE DOES AND HOW IT CAN HELP YOU. THIS FAQ IS NOT PUT FORWARD AS SCIENTIFIC FACT. IT IS BASED ON KNOWLEDGE IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN MOST OF WHICH EMANATED FROM SCIENTIFIC FINDINGS. MEMBERS OF URB OR THE SITE WHERE THIS IS HOSTED ARE MERELY PROVIDING INFORMATION, EACH OF US AS INDIVIDUAL'S MUST BE ACCOUNTABLE FOR OUR ACTIONS.
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