HMB (β-Hydroxy β-Methylbutyrate)

What Is It?

HMB (β-Hydroxy β-Methylbutyrate) is a metabolite of the amino acid Leucine, with approximately 5% of dietary Leucine oxidized into HMB by the human body naturally. HMB appears to mediate a variety of Leucine's effects as an anticatabolic (muscle sparing) supplement. HMB supplements are readily available in powder form as Calcium-HMB, with some free form liquid HMB supplements also available.

What Does It Do?

HMB helps to prevent muscle protein breakdown and reduce the rate of muscle loss. Specifically, HMB helps slow down a phenomenon known as proteolysis; the process of muscle tissue breakdown during strenuous physical activity. As a standalone metabolite of Leucine, HMB is responsible for preserving muscle mass during periods of high risk muscular wasting such as during a severe dieting phase or contest preparation.

When Do I Take It?

To achieve the greatest results from HMB, the most efficacious dose is 3 grams per day, everday.

HMB is best taken three times per day split into three 1 gram doses. The first dose is best taken in the morning with breakfast, the second dose can be take 30 minutes before workouts, and the third dose is best taken immediately post-workout.   

On non-workout days, a single 3 gram dose can be taken first thing in the morning with breakfast.

HMB can be mixed with water, or any beverage, and consumed. HMB is infamous for having a very pungent taste and unpleasant smell.

How Long Does It Take To Work?

Users can expect to experience the initial effects of HMB within the first 2 weeks of use, including a noticeable decrease in muscle soreness and improved muscle recovery. Consistent use in conjunction with a sensible diet and workout regime will see the physique and performance enhancing effects of HMB start to take effect within the first 4 weeks of use.

How Much Does It Cost?

HMB, when sold in pure Calcium-HMB powder form, ranges anywhere from $20 per 100g, right up to $60 per 100g, depending on the size and quality of the product.

Based on an average price of $40 per 100g, and based on three 1 gram serves per day, supplementing with HMB will typically cost around $36 per month.

What Are The Top Products?

We recommend using a pure Calcium-HMB Supplement such as Creation Supplements HMBPure. This products contain the highest quality pharmaceutical grade Calcium-HMB and is one of the best priced products on the Australian market.