Synonyms: Hydroxy methyl mutyric acid, beta-hydroxy beta-methylbutyric acid
What is Hydroxy Methyl Mutyric Acid (HMB)?
Beta hydroxy beta methylbutyrate acid, or HMB, is naturally produced in the body. HMB’s cousin, leucine, is similar in that about 5% of leucine by weight is oxidized into HMB in the body. However, HMB is more potent on a per gram basis for its muscle loss reduction benefits.
HMB Supplement Benefits
Many bodybuilders or physic competitors take HMB in the weeks leading up to competition due to HMB’s ability to attenuate muscle loss during a period of caloric deficit. In short if you are entering a cutting phase or dieting, HMB or leucine are ideal if you wish retain as much muscle as possible.
Dosage for HMB
Take 2 capsules (1000 mg) to 4 capsules (2000 mg) of HMB 1 to 2 times daily, preferably with one dose before your workout.