HMB-Ca is a white powder and a calcium salt of HMB. It is used as a nutritional supplement, health food additive, and can be found in some sports drinks or powders for its effects on reducing muscle catabolism and promoting fat loss.
Benefits of HMB
HMB (or β-Hydroxy β-Methylbutyrate) is needed by the body to protect and repair muscle tissue. It is thought to do this by slowing muscle protein breakdown and speeding protein synthesis, and also by preserving the structural integrity of your muscle cells.
HMB is one of the most researched supplement ingredients proven to improve athletic performance, right behind creatine.
In athletes where muscle tissue is damaged (causing soreness), repaired and built more frequently through training, it stands to reason that we need more HMB. Lots of research has now shown that supplementing the diet with HMB improves exercise performance by supporting muscle cell repair and adaptation. It has been shown to speed strength and muscle mass gains in strength athletes, and improve endurance performance in cyclists and runners.
As a result, HMB and creatine are two of a select few supplement ingredients to have been assessed by the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN). As a result, the ISSN has issued position statements attesting to their effectiveness.