Type: Amino Acid
β-Hydroxy-β-methylbutyrate (HMB) is a chemical that is produced when the body breaks down leucine. Leucine is an essential amino acid that can be obtained through protein-rich foods including milk, soybeans, poultry and beef. Nonetheless, it's difficult to meet the amount needed to support muscle health through diet alone.
HMB is a common dietary supplement that is used to preserve lean body mass, support muscle tissue building and growth and improve strength and endurance performance.
Over the years, HMB has been used in medically related nutritional products to help counteract ageing-related muscle loss. HMB may act as a gateway to help maintain muscle health by slowing muscle protein breakdown and increasing protein synthesis.