HMB & Bodybuilding

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Made up of the amino acid leucine, HMB is one of the most exciting supplements used in many newer bodybuilding supplements. It is considered to be more concentrated and powerful than most amino acids, but safer than steroids in part because of the natural origin. HMB can be found in many foods such as catfish, grapefruit, and alfalfa. But supplements are most concentrated.

What Does It Do?

Many Olympic and other professional athletes are currently using HMB, which makes me believe that maybe there’s something to it. We know that amino acids make up the most basic building blocks of muscles. But athletes typically use things that show distinguishable differences within just a few weeks at the very most.

HMB plays a huge role in muscle synthesis, it’s not just a building block. And because of this, it is capable of burning fat and building muscle at the same time. It has been used by NFL greats like Shannon Sharpe, and a study has shown that when supplemented with 3g of HMB per day for 3 weeks, those taking HMB versus the placebo increased lean muscle mass.

But human studies show that it’s not all looks. Yes, you look better by burning fat and building lean muscle mass when using HMB. But human trials have also shown that HMB also increases strength, power, and endurance. A 7-week study showed significantly greater differences when combined with a weight training and diet plan.

Who Needs HMB?

Anyone who is ready to build more muscle and improve workouts can use HMB. HMB is, much like glutamine, considered to be generally safe for users, unless of course, you are allergic. Deficiency is not really an issue. But more HMB can be helpful for better muscle-building results and strength training results.

How to Use HMB?

Generally, research shows 3 to 5g of HMB per day to be most effective, when combined with a healthy diet and exercise programs. Take it before training or bedtime for the best results. There are generally no side effects seen with HMB.

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